The Theory of the Novel / Edition 1

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Overview

Georg Lukács wrote The Theory of the Novel in 1914-1915, a period that also saw the conception of Rosa Luxemburg's Spartacus Letters, Lenin's Imperialism: The Highest Stage ofCapitalism, Spengler's Decline of the West, and Ernst Bloch's Spirit of Utopia. Like many ofLukács's early essays, it is a radical critique of bourgeois culture and stems from a specificCentral European philosophy of life and tradition of dialectical idealism whose originators includeKant, Hegel, Novalis, Marx, Kierkegaard, Simmel, Weber, and Husserl.The Theory of the Novel marks the transition of the Hungarian philosopher from Kant to Hegel and was Lukács's last great work before he turned to Marxism-Leninism.

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"The first English translation of Lukács's early theoretical work on the novel. It begins with a comparison of the historical conditions that gave rise to the epic and the novel. In the age of the novel the once known unity between man and his world has been lost, and the hero has become an estranged seeker of the meaning of existence. Later, Lukács offers a typology of the novel based on whether the hero struggles for the realization of a meaningful idea, or withdraws from all action. The balance of these extremes forms the third possibility, and each type is exemplified. The book is not a study of artistic technicalities, but of man, history, and art tied closely in their development. It is written in a moving, lyrical style well rendered by the translation."Library Journal
Theodore Adorno
Through the depth and elan of its conception as well as the density and intensity of its presentation, extraordinary for its time, The Theory of the Novel in particular established a standard for philosophical aesthetics that still holds today.
(Theodroe Adorno, from Notes to Literarture)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262620277
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1974
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 977,812
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Georg Lukács was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher, aesthetician, literary historian, and critic.

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