The True Story of the Novel

Voorkant
Rutgers University Press, 1997 - 580 pagina's

Twentieth-century historians and critics defending the novel have emphasized its role as superseding something else, as a sort of legitimate usurper that deposed the Epic, a replacement of myth, or religious narrative. To say that the Age of Early Christianity was really also the Age of the Novel rumples such historical tidiness––but so it was. From the outset of her discussion, Doody rejects the conventional Anglo-Saxon distinction between Romance and Novel. This eighteenth-century distinction, she maintains, served both to keep the foreign––dark-skinned peoples, strange speakers, Muslims, and others––largely out of literature, and to obscure the diverse nature of the novel itself.

This deeply informed and truly comparative work is staggering in its breadth. Doody treats not only recognized classics, but also works of usually unacknowledged subgenres––new readings of novels like The Pickwick Papers, Puddn'head Wilson, L'Assommoir, Death in Venice, and Beloved are accompanied by insights into Death on the Nile or The Wind in the Willows. Non-Western writers like Chinua Achebe and Witi Ihimaera are also included. In her last section, Doody goes on to show that Chinese and Japanese novels, early and late, bear a strong and not incidental affinity to their Western counterparts. Collectively, these readings offer the basis for a serious reassessment of the history and the nature of the novel.

The True Story of the Novel marks the beginning of the twenty-first century's understanding of fiction and of culture. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in literature.

 

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THE TRUE STORY OF THE NOVEL

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A massively erudite, groundbreaking revision of the novel's historical development. Traditionally, Anglo-American criticism located the rise of the novel in 18th-century England and the troika of ... Volledige review lezen

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Doody, a novelist and the director of Vanderbilt University's comparative literature program, offers a corrective to those who find the origins of the novel in the 16th or 17th century. Challenging ... Volledige review lezen

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INTRODUCTION In Search of the Anciem Novel
3
The Stories of the Anciem Novels
33
The Freedoms of Chastity
62
Apollonius of Tyre and Heliodorus Aithiopika
82
The Anciem Novel Religion and Allegory
160
PART TWO The Influence of the Ancient Novel
175
Versions
213
Histories of Fiction
251
Marshes Shores and Muddy Margins 3 19
319
Tomb Cave and Labyrinth
337
Eros
359
Looking at the Picture
387
Dreams and Food
405
The Goddess
432
Conclusion
465
NOTES
487

The Rise
274
PART THREE Tropes of the Novel
301
Breaking and Entering
303

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