The Modernist Novel: A Critical Introduction

The Modernist Novel: A Critical Introduction

by Stephen Kern


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The Modernist Novel: A Critical Introduction by Stephen Kern

Leading scholar Stephen Kern offers a probing analysis of the modernist novel, encompassing American, British and European works. Organized thematically, the book offers a comprehensive analysis of the stunningly original formal innovations in novels by Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Proust, Gide, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Kafka, Musil and others. Kern contextualizes and explains how formal innovations captured the dynamic history of the period, reconstructed as ten master narratives. He also draws briefly on poetry and painting of the first half of the twentieth century. The Modernist Novel is set to become a fundamental source for discussions of the genre and a useful introduction to the subject for students and scholars of modernism and twentieth-century literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107008113
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/23/2011
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen Kern is Humanities Distinguished Professor in the History Department at Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Character: presence, substance, structure, stability, stature, purpose; 2. Event: scale, causality, plot; 3. Space: texture, mental space, urban space; 4. Time: orientation, pace, continuity, order; 5. Framework: beginning, ending; 6. Text: mechanics, language, style; 7. Narrator: vision, voice, knowledge; Conclusion.

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