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The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 / Edition 1

The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 / Edition 1

by Dorothy J. Hale


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The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 / Edition 1

The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 is a comprehensive collection of the most influential writings from the twentieth century on the theory of the novel. This volume charts the invention of novel theory as a field, its rise to prominence within literary studies, and the expansion of its influence into interdisciplinary theories of society, politics, and culture.

The anthology is broad in scope, featuring sections on formalism; the Chicago School; structuralism and narratology; deconstruction; psychoanalysis; Marxism; social discourse; gender; post-colonialism; and more. Critical introductions to each section help students to see connections between different schools of thought. Other aids to study include a volume introduction, selected bibliographies, a comprehensive index, and short author biographies. Whole essays or chapters are included wherever possible.

The anthology as a whole encourages students to approach theoretical texts with confidence, applying the same skills they bring to literary texts.

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ISBN-13: 9781405107747
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/14/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 840
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.68(d)

About the Author

Dorothy J. Hale is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry James to the Present (1998), which won the George and Barbara Perkins Prize given yearly by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature for the best book published on narrative.

Table of Contents

General Introduction1
Part IForm and Function17
1"Sterne's Tristram Shandy"31
2from Morphology of the Folktale54
3Prefaces to the New York Edition65
Preface to The Portrait of a Lady
Preface to The Ambassadors
4from The Craft of Fiction86
5from Anatomy of Criticism97
"Rhetorical Criticism: Theory of Genres"
Part IIThe Chicago School107
6from "The Concept of Plot and the Plot of Tom Jones"119
7"Richardson to Austen"140
8from The Rhetoric of Fiction154
Part IIIStructuralism, Narratology, Deconstruction185
9from The Poetics of Prose205
"Language and Literature"
"The Grammar of Narrative"
10from Story and Discourse219
"Discourse: Covert versus Overt Narrators"
11"The Reality Effect"229
12"From Work to Text"235
13from Reading Narrative242
"Indirect Discourses and Irony"
14from A World of Difference257
"Metaphor, Metonymy, and Voice in Their Eyes Were Watching God"
Part IVPsychoanalytic Approaches271
15from Deceit, Desire, and the Novel294
"'Triangular' Desire"
16from "Turning the Screw of Interpretation"315
"The Turns of the Story's Frame: A Theory of Narrative"
17"Freud's Masterplot"329
Part VMarxist Approaches343
18"The Storyteller"361
19from Studies in European Realism379
20"The Ideology of Modernism"394
21from The Political Unconscious413
Part VIThe Novel as Social Discourse435
22from The Rise of the Novel462
"Realism and the Novel Form"
23from "Discourse in the Novel"481
24from The Signifying Monkey511
"Zora Neale Hurston and the Speakerly Text"
25from Sensational Designs535
"Introduction: The Cultural Work of American Fiction"
26from The Novel and the Police541
Part VIIGender, Sexuality, and the Novel559
27"Women and Fiction"579
28from Between Men586
29"Queer Performativity: Henry James's The Art of the Novel"605
30from Desire and Domestic Fiction621
"Introduction: The Politics of Domesticating Culture, Then and Now"
31from Nobody's Story644
Part VIIIPost-Colonialism and the Novel653
32"Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism"674
33from Culture and Imperialism691
"Consolidated Vision"
34from The Location of Culture716
"DissemiNation: Time, Narrative, and the Margins of the Modern Nation"
35from Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900734
"The Novel, the Nation-State"
Part IXNovel Readers747
36from The Implied Reader763
"The Reader as a Component Part of the Realistic Novel"
37from Novels, Readers, and Reviewers779
"The Triumph of the Novel"
38from Dear Reader792
"In the Absence of Audience: Of Reading and Dread in Mary Shelley"

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“Readers of Dorothy J. Hale's The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000 will find the volume to be two books in one. One book is the anthology proper, which brings together essays that theorize the complex nature and history of novelistic fiction. Those essays became classroom classics in colleges and universities during the last forty years of the 20th century. The second is a virtual book of its own comprised of Hale's brilliant introductions to the theoretical essays. Elaborating each of the essays, interweaving their significance and the significance of the schools of theory from which the essays derive, Hale's meditations are a supplemental bonus to all teachers and students with a taste for ‘novel theory.’ ” Robert L. Caserio, author of Plot, Story and the Novel and The Novel in England 1900-1950: History and Theory.

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