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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Robert M Polhemus; Roger B Henkle
|Description:||xii, 296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Fictions and truths / Tzvetan Todorov --
Private life of a public form : Freud, fantasy, and the novel / Michael H. Levenson --
Comic and erotic faith meet faith in the child : Charles Dicken's "The old curiosity shop" ('The old cupiosity shape') / Robert M. Polhemus --
Crisis of representation in Dombey and son / Roger B. Henkle --
Impersonal violence : the penetrating gaze and the field of narration in Caleb Williams / John Bender --
James and Stevenson : the mixed current of realism and romance / George Dekker --
Joycean realism / William M. Chace --
Making of Crime and punishment / Joseph Frank --
Faulkner's muse : speculations on the genesis of The sound and the fury / Thomas C. Moser --
Emma Watson : Jane Austen's uncompleted heroine / Juliet McMaster --
Finest and noblest book of men in war : Frederic Manning's 'Her privates we' / John Henry Raleigh --
Travelling theory reconsidered / Edward W. Said
|Responsibility:||edited by Robert M. Polhemus and Roger B. Henkle.|
In the wake of Ian Watt's pioneering work, we tend to think of such questions as questions about the novel, and with the exception of the two framing pieces, these essays concern that genre. Tzvetan Todorov opens the volume by examining wildly imaginative accounts written about early global exploration. The next three essays focus on works by Charles Dickens - Michael H. Levenson on David Copperfield, Robert M. Polhemus on The Old Curiosity Shop, and Roger B. Henkle on Dombey and Son. They emphasize the role of cultural psychology in the writing and reception of this most popular of nineteenth-century novelists and stress the novel's historical function in mediating between "inner" and "outer" life.
Next come three studies of realism: by John Bender on the political and epistemological implications of power and violence inherent in realist prose fiction - specifically, in Godwin's Caleb Williams, by George Dekker on the dialectical interplay of conceptions of fiction and realism by Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson; and by William M. Chace on Joyce's realism in Ulysses. Joseph Frank and Thomas C. Moser follow with studies of Dostoevsky and Faulkner that relate key biographical experiences to Crime and Punishment and The Sound and the Fury.
Next, Juliet McMaster uses Jane Austen's The Watsons to illustrate how criticism can reconstruct an unfinished work, and John Henry Raleigh shows how the reality of a fictional text (Frederic Manning's Her Privates We) can come to have striking evidential power and effect. The final piece by Edward V. Said, returning us to ideas of travel and representation of life on the margin, shows the continual intertwining and merging of theory and fiction.
- Fiction -- Technique.
- Reality in literature.
- Truth in literature.
- Realism in literature.
- Narration (Rhetoric)
- Realisme (letterkunde)
- Roman -- Technique.
- Réalité dans la littérature.
- Réalisme dans la littérature.
- Vérité dans la littérature.