9780801863974

Theory of the Novel

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    9780801863974

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    080186397X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-11-01
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr

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Summary

Michael McKeon, author of The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740, here assembles a collection of influential essays on the theory of the novel. Carefully chosen selections from Frye, Benjamin, Levi-Strauss, Lukacs, Bakhtin, and other prominent theorists explore the historical significance of the novel as a genre, from its early beginnings to its modern variations in the postmodern novel and postcolonial novel. Offering a generous selection of key theoretical texts for students and scholars alike, Theory of the Novel also presents a provocative argument for studying the genre. In his introduction to the volume and in headnotes to each section, McKeon argues that genre theory and history provide the best approach to understanding the novel. All the selections in this anthology date from the twentieth century--most from the last forty years--and represent the attempts of different theorists, and different theoretical schools, to describe the historical stages of the genre's formal development.

Author Biography

Michael McKeon is a professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University. He is the author of The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740, also available from Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Part One Genre Theory 1(70)
From Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays
5(9)
Northrop Frye
From Validity in Interpretation
14(20)
E. D. Hirsch
From Literature as System: Essays toward the Theory of Literary History
34(17)
Claudio Guillen
Toward a Theory of Non-Genre Literature
51(6)
Jonathan Culler
From Origins of the Novel
57(14)
Marthe Robert
Part Two The Novel as Displacement I: Structuralism 71(74)
The Storyteller
77(17)
Walter Benjamin
From The Savage Mind
94(28)
Claude Levi-Strauss
From The Origin of Table Manners
100(4)
How Myths Die
104(9)
From The Naked Man
113(9)
From Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays
122(23)
Northrop Frye
From Fables of Identity: Studies in Poetic Mythology
131(8)
From The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
139(6)
Part Three The Novel as Displacement II: Psychoanalysis 145(34)
From The Interpretation of Dreams
149(11)
Sigmund Freud
Family Romances
156(4)
From Origins of the Novel
160(19)
Marthe Robert
Part Four Grand Theory I 179(86)
From The Theory of the Novel: A Historico-Philosophical Essay on the Forms of Great Epic Literature
185(80)
George Lukacs
From The Historical Novel
219(46)
Part Five Grand Theory II 265(52)
From Meditations on Quixote
271(46)
Jose Ortega Y Gasset
Notes on the Novel
294(23)
Part Six Grand Theory III 317(38)
From The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays
321(34)
Mikhail M. Bakhtin
Part Seven Revisionist Grand Theory 355(80)
From The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding
363(19)
Ian Watt
From Generic Transformation and Social Change: Rethinking the Rise of the Novel
382(18)
Michael McKeon
From The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act
400(14)
Fredric Jameson
From Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
414(21)
Benedict Anderson
Part Eight Privacy, Domesticity, Women 435(50)
From The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding
441(26)
Ian Watt
From Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel
467(9)
Nancy Armstrong
From Domestic Individualism: Imagining Self in Nineteenth-Century America
476(9)
Gillian Brown
Part Nine Subjectivity, Character, Development 485(102)
From Transparent Minds: Narrative Modes for Presenting Consciousness in Fiction
493(22)
Dorrit Cohn
From Unspeakable Sentences: Narration and Representation in the Language of Fiction
515(22)
Ann Banfield
Characters, Persons, Selves, Individuals
537(17)
Amelie Oksenberg Rorty
From The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture
554(12)
Franco Moretti
From The Historicity of Romantic Discourse
566(21)
Clifford Siskin
Part Ten Realism 587(70)
From Language and Materialism: Developments in Semiology and the Theory of the Subject
593(7)
Rosalind Coward
John Ellis
From Prose Fiction: Great Britain
600(13)
Michael McKeon
From The Realistic Imagination: English Fiction from Frankenstein to Lady Chatterley
613(19)
George Levine
From The Development of American Romance
632(25)
Michael Davitt Bell
Part Eleven Photography, Film, and the Novel 657(76)
From Preface to The Golden Bowl
665(8)
Henry James
From The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
673(23)
Walter Benjamin
From Film and Fiction: The Dynamics of Exchange
696(23)
Keith Cohen
In Defense of Mixed Cinema
719(14)
Andre Bazin
Part Twelve Modernism 733(70)
Modern Fiction
739(20)
Virginia Woolf
Mr. Bennet and
745(14)
Mrs. Brown
From Realism in Our Time: Literature and the Class Struggle
759(25)
George Lukacs
From Spatial Form in Modern Literature
784(19)
Joseph Frank
Part Thirteen The New Novel, the Postmodern Novel 803(48)
From For a New Novel: Essays on Fiction
809(21)
Alain Robbe-Grillet
Historiographic Metafiction
830(21)
Linda Hutcheon
Part Fourteen The Colonial and Postcolonial Novel 851(72)
Latin American Literature from the ``Boom'' On
859(23)
Doris Sommer
George Yudice
Is the Post-in Postmodernism the Post-in Postcolonial?
882(18)
Kwame Anthony Appiah
The Politics of the Possible
900(23)
Kumkum Sangari
Suggested Further Reading 923(4)
Contributors 927(4)
Source Acknowledgments 931(6)
Index to Introduction and Headnotes 937(4)
Index to Authors and Works 941

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