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Empty houses : theatrical failure and the novel

Author: David Kurnick
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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According to the dominant tradition of literary criticism, the novel is the form par excellence of the private individual. This title challenges this consensus by reexamining the genre's development  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Kurnick
ISBN: 9780691151519 0691151512 9780691153162 0691153167
OCLC Number: 777378175
Awards: Commended for MSA Book Prize 2013
Description: x, 254 s. : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction Interiority and Its Discontents 1 Theater Demetaphorized 1 Theater Dethematized: Spatializations of the Novel 10 The Vocation of Failure 24 Chapter One: Acoustics in the Thackeray Theater 29 "The Play" 29 Trivializing History, or, Domesticity 33 Diminishing Returns: Vanity Fair's Theatricality 42 The Box-Opener: A Note on Becky Sharp 50 Empty House Theatricals: The Wolves and the Lamb 53 In the Recess of Consciousness: Lovel the Widower 56 Chapter Two: George Eliot's Lot 67 Theater and Abstraction 67 Romola, Felix Holt, and the Uses of Inwardness 74 The Spanish Gypsy's Universal Theater 82 Middlemarch, Daniel Deronda, and the Cast of Mind 91 Chapter Three: Henry James's Awkward Stage 105 Other Almost Anyhow 105 The Performance Imaginary: The Other House, 1896 113 The Performance Imaginary II: The Other House, 1909 121 In the Sociable Dusk of The Awkward Age 126 James and His Kind 136 What Does Jamesian Style Want? 144 Chapter Four: Joyce Unperformed 153 Joycean Exposures 153 Epiphany and the Obscene Body 158 Ibsen, Exiles, and the Scene of Sex 167 Backstage at the Library: "Scylla and Charybdis" 178 The Ineluctable Modality of the Legible: "Circe" 183 Epilogue In the Kingdom of Whomever: Baldwin's Method 192 Notes 207 Index 245
Responsibility: David Kurnick

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Shortlisted for the 2013 MSA Book Prize, Modernist Studies Association "Empty Houses is an admirable book. Its willingness to question established views on the novel has enlightening results. In the Read more...

 
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