The Novel

In this riveting, ambitious novel from James A. Michener, the renowned chronicler of epic history turns his extraordinary imagination to a world he knew better than anyone: the world of books.

Author: James A. Michener

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

ISBN: 9780812986792

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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In this riveting, ambitious novel from James A. Michener, the renowned chronicler of epic history turns his extraordinary imagination to a world he knew better than anyone: the world of books. Lukas Yoder, a novelist who has enjoyed a long, successful career, has finished what he believes to be his final work. Then a tragedy strikes in his community, and he becomes obsessed with writing about it. Meanwhile, Yoder’s editor fights to preserve her integrity—and her author—as her firm becomes the target of a corporate takeover; a local critic who teaches literature struggles with his ambitions and with his feelings about Yoder’s success; and a devoted reader holds the key to solving the mystery that haunts Yoder’s hometown. Praise for The Novel “Michener explores some of the deepest issues raised by narrative literature.”—The New York Times “A good, old-fashioned, sink-your-teeth-into-it story . . . The Novel lets us see an unfamiliar side of the author, at the same time portraying the delicate, complex relationship among editors, agents and writers.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer “Michener loves literature, and his information about some of his favorite reading is almost as alluring as his explanation of how to handle a manuscript.”—Associated Press “So absorbing you simply will not want [it] to end.”—Charleston News & Courier

Screening The Novel

any significant way from Thackeray's portrayal of Dobbin in the novel? SD: It does, yes. I do think the clownishness is definitely part of Thackeray's point of view. The directors and the writer, before I even got to the casting stage, ...

Author: Keith Selby

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349205165

Category: Fiction

Page: 196

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The book takes as its theme the relationship between literature and the contemporary means of production and distribution collectively termed 'the media' - in particular, film and television. The intention of the book is to explore and evaluate the mutual opportunities and restrictions in this relationship. In the grammar of our culture there seems to be an accepted opinion that print is superior in terms of cultural production to film, radio or television, that to read a book is somehow a 'higher' cultural activity than seeing a play on television or seeing a film. By the same token, a novel is a 'superior' work of art to film or television. The longer perspective reveals that traditionally there always is a greater respect paid to the previous mode of literary production - poetry was superior to drama, poetic drama was superior to the novel, and film attained cult and classic status initially over television.

The Novel of Female Adultery

naturally sensual, is one of the qualities which distinguish Valentine from the novel of female adultery. Although Nancy K. Miller has called Valentine a novel of adultery, 13 it might better be termed a novel of abused marriage and ...

Author: Bill Overton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349251735

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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The novel of adultery is a nineteenth-century form about the experience of women, produced almost exclusively by men. Bill Overton's study is the first to address the gender implications of this form, and the first to write its history. The opening chapter defines the terms 'adultery' and 'novel of adultery', and discusses how the form arose in Continental Europe, but failed to appear in Britain. Successive chapters deal with its development in France, and with examples from Russia, Denmark, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

Islamophobia and the Novel

The challenge of producing a religious novel may appear, on the face of it, to be simply a matter of writing sympathetically about religious characters and perspectives. However, in the Western (and specifically English) novelistic and ...

Author: Peter Morey

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231541336

Category: Literary Criticism


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In an era of rampant Islamophobia, what do literary representations of Muslims and anti-Muslim bigotry tell us about changing concepts of cultural difference? In Islamophobia and the Novel, Peter Morey analyzes how recent works of fiction have framed and responded to the rise of anti-Muslim prejudice, showing how their portrayals of Muslims both reflect and refute the ideological preoccupations of media and politicians in the post-9/11 West. Islamophobia and the Novel discusses novels embodying a range of positions—from the avowedly secular to the religious, and from texts that appear to underwrite Western assumptions of cultural superiority to those that recognize and critique neoimperial impulses. Morey offers nuanced readings of works by John Updike, Ian McEwan, Hanif Kureishi, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, John le Carré, Khaled Hosseini, Azar Nafisi, and other writers, emphasizing the demands of the literary marketplace for representations of Muslims. He explores how depictions of Muslim experience have challenged liberal assumptions regarding the novel’s potential for empathy and its ability to encompass a variety of voices. Morey argues for a greater degree of critical self-consciousness in our understanding of writing by and about Muslims, in contrast to both exclusionary nationalism and the fetishization of difference. Contemporary literature’s capacity to unveil the conflicted nature of anti-Muslim bigotry expands our range of resources to combat Islamophobia. This, in turn, might contribute to Islamophobia’s eventual dismantling.

Women the Novel and Natural Philosophy 1660 1727

Issues of access and opportunity made the novel a particularly useful site for such investigations.New ideas about theself putpressure on existing genres, whose conventions for representing the self were appropriate forolderrather than ...

Author: K. Gevirtz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137386762

Category: Fiction

Page: 247

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This book shows how early women novelists from Aphra Behn to Mary Davys drew on debates about the self generated by the 'scientific' revolution to establish the novel as a genre. Fascinated by the problematic idea of a unified self underpinning modes of thinking, female novelists innovated narrative structures to interrogate this idea.

Time and the Novel

romans a these and the propaganda and topical novels?). There are pictures in which the vision is directed inwards towards the heart of the theme, and others in which the movement, rhythm and balance persuade the vision outward beyond ...

Author: Adam Abraham Mendilow


ISBN: UOM:39015003934851

Category: Fiction

Page: 245

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The businessman in the novel

together as complete a bibliography as possible of "The Businessman in the Novel." The following closely selected articles and monographs have proved most helpful in making this bibliographical study of the businessman in fiction.

Author: Charlotte Georgi


ISBN: STANFORD:20501363359


Page: 36

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The Colonial Rise of the Novel

In this challening book, Firdous Azim, provides a feminist critique of orthodox accounts of the `rise of the novel' and exposes the underlying orientalist assumptions of the early English novel.

Author: Firdous Azim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134866076

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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In this challening book, Firdous Azim, provides a feminist critique of orthodox accounts of the `rise of the novel' and exposes the underlying orientalist assumptions of the early English novel. Whereas previous studies have emphasized the universality of the coherent and consistent subject which found expression in the novels of the eighteenth century, Azim demonstrtes how certain categories: women and people of colour, were silenced and excluded. The Colonial Rise of the Novel makes an important and provocative contribution to post-colonial and feminist criticism. It will be essential reading for all teachers and students of English literature, women's studies, and post-colonial criticism.

Experiments in the Novel Henry James s Fiction 1896 1901

characteristics of the novel . James's debt to Ibsen is apparent in the creation of Rose Armiger ; as a result of this debt and with his initial return to the novel form , James is able to create a work of art that has greater ...

Author: Walter Whitfield Isle


ISBN: STANFORD:36105025653580


Page: 456

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The Rise of the Novel

First, it is the only full-length study of the early eighteenth-century novel that has appeared in recent years. . . . Secondly, it is a pioneer work in the application of modern sociology to literature.

Author: Ian Watt


ISBN: UOM:39015005673390

Category: Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731

Page: 319

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The Bastard Hero in the Novel

The nineteenth-century novel as we know it is indeed inseparable from this struggle, from the issue of paternity, which provide not only the matter of the novel but its structuring force, the dynamic that shapes its plot.2 If the issue ...

Author: Margaret B. Goscilo

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: UVA:X001856603

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 245

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Fielding and the Nature of the Novel

The analogies between the structure of Fielding's novels and that of a legal case have been studied closely and suggestively by Hugh Amory in an as yet unpublished doctoral dissertation. 2. The Uses of Style 1.

Author: Robert Alter

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015003342857

Category: Fiction

Page: 211

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The Novel and the Cinema

The last part will propose three principal manners by means of which novels have to date been adapted for the screen, with a number of illustrations in each regard. These ordering devices, of which we have selected three, ...

Author: Geoffrey Atheling Wagner

Publisher: Rutherford : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : The Tantivy Press

ISBN: UOM:39015000670920

Category: Fiction

Page: 394

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Considers the adaptability of the narrative novel to film and cites numerous examples in discussing methods of presenting fiction in cinematic form

The Novel and Its Presuppositions

Changes in the Conceptual Structure of Novels in the 18th and 19th Centuries Jina Politi, Tzina Politē. 58 Ibid., xv, 200. * J.A. Froude, Nemesis of Faith (London, 1849), pp. 2-3. 60 B.H., xvi, 203-204. 6! Ibid., xxxii, 411.

Author: Jina Politi


ISBN: UCAL:B3177026

Category: English fiction

Page: 269

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Adaptation in Young Adult Novels

led to a 37 percent width increase between the islands, increasing the vulnerability of the Gulf Coast to further hurricane impacts.70 This is the story Esch must tell after the events of the novel have come to pass: a sociopolitical ...

Author: Dana E. Lawrence

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501361784

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Adaptation in Young Adult Novels argues that adapting classic and canonical literature and historical places engages young adult readers with their cultural past and encourages them to see how that past can be rewritten. The textual afterlives of classic texts raise questions for new readers: What can be changed? What benefits from change? How can you, too, be agents of change? The contributors to this volume draw on a wide range of contemporary novels – from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and Megan Shepherd's Madman's Daughter trilogy to Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones – adapted from mythology, fairy tales, historical places, and the literary classics of Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others. Unpacking the new perspectives and critiques of gender, sexuality, and the cultural values of adolescents inherent to each adaptation, the essays in this volume make the case that literary adaptations are just as valuable as original works and demonstrate how the texts studied empower young readers to become more culturally, historically, and socially aware through the lens of literary diversity.

The Novel of Entertainment During the Gallant Era

tion Bohse gives in its foreword should give us a clue as to how seriously the author himself takes his formula, and as to what he considers acceptable in a novel and what inexcusable. We will find that he has a great toleration for ...

Author: Elizabeth Brewer

Publisher: Herbert Lang Et Company Ag

ISBN: UCAL:B3443945


Page: 139

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In response to the rise of the gallant world, the late seventeenth-century author and teacher August Bohse invented the gallant novel. Writing under the pseudonym Talander, he modernized the courtly-historic novel by abandoning its scholarly and transcendental themes in favor of love stories interspersed with instruction on gallant behavior. This approach combined with Bohse's interest in modernizing the German language to cause his contemporaries to accuse him of immorality while at the same time they embraced his stylistic innovations. The present study discusses Bohse's attitude toward the novel-genre as well as the contents, structure, narrative devices and didactic elements of his own works. Also considered are the situation of the late seventeenth-century author in Germany and the context within which Bohse wrote.

Authorship s Wake

187 Barthes, Preparation of the Novel, 127. 188 Barthes, Preparation of the Novel, 129; emphasis added. 189 Barthes, Preparation of the Novel, 18; Roland Barthes, 149. 190 Barbara Christian, “The Race for Theory,” Cultural Critique, no.

Author: Philip Sayers

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501367687

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Authorship's Wake examines the aftermath of the 1960s critique of the author, epitomized by Roland Barthes's essay, “The Death of the Author.” This critique has given rise to a body of writing that confounds generic distinctions separating the literary and the theoretical. Its archive consists of texts by writers who either directly participated in this critique, as Barthes did, or whose intellectual formation took place in its immediate aftermath. These writers include some who are known primarily as theorists (Judith Butler), others known primarily as novelists (Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace), and yet others whose texts are difficult to categorize (the autofiction of Chris Kraus, Sheila Heti, and Ben Lerner; the autotheory of Maggie Nelson). These writers share not only a central motivating question – how to move beyond the critique of the author-subject – but also a way of answering it: by writing texts that merge theoretical concerns with literary discourse. Authorship's Wake traces the responses their work offers in relation to four themes: communication, intention, agency, and labor.

The Cambridge Introduction to the Novel

Beginning its life as the sensational entertainment of the eighteenth century, the novel has become the major literary genre of modern times.

Author: Marina MacKay

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139493574

Category: Literary Criticism


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Beginning its life as the sensational entertainment of the eighteenth century, the novel has become the major literary genre of modern times. Drawing on hundreds of examples of famous novels from all over the world, Marina MacKay explores the essential aspects of the novel and its history: where novels came from and why we read them; how we think about their styles and techniques, their people, plots, places, and politics. Between the main chapters are longer readings of individual works, from Don Quixote to Midnight's Children. A glossary of key terms and a guide to further reading are included, making this an ideal accompaniment to introductory courses on the novel.