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Among other things : a description of the novel

Author: Terrence Doody
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Among Other Things is Terrence Doody's staunch and stimulating defense of the novel's primacy over theory. Doody both uses and resists an impressively eclectic mix of literary critical strategies to examine a host of novels from the Continental, English, and American traditions, demonstrating that the novel, with its limitless possibilities, eludes any single theory that tries to encapsulate it." "In the course of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terrence Doody
ISBN: 0807122483 9780807122488
OCLC Number: 39024838
Description: 265 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Among Other Things --
2. Narrative Lines and Paradigms --
3. A Character Is Also a Sign --
4. The Ideal of Realism --
5. Flaubert's Parrot / Postmodernism / Roland Barthes --
6. And Now for Something Completely Similar-and-Different.
Responsibility: Terrence Doody.

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"Among Other Things is Terrence Doody's staunch and stimulating defense of the novel's primacy over theory. Doody both uses and resists an impressively eclectic mix of literary critical strategies to examine a host of novels from the Continental, English, and American traditions, demonstrating that the novel, with its limitless possibilities, eludes any single theory that tries to encapsulate it." "In the course of his discussion, Doody covers works by Cervantes, Austen, Dickens, James, Conrad, Forster, Joyce, Eliot, Woolf, Kafka, Hemingway, Beckett, Bely, Borges, Nabokov, Bellow, Robbe-Grillet, Barthes, Derrida, Pynchon, Garcia Marquez, Updike, Rushdie, and Morrison. In every case the novel comes first, he argues, because more than just another literary type, it is a vision of human experience without which our modern world would be inexplicable. Every serious reader "feels" his life contains a novel; no theory can evoke that response."--Jacket.

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