The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930
The Transformation of the English Novel, 1890-1930 is a provocative exploration of a crucial period in the development of the English novel, integrating critical theory, historical background and sophisticated close reading. Divided into two major sections, the first shows how historical and contextual material is essential for developing powerful readings. Thus the first part challenges such New Critical tenets as 'exit author' and the 'biographical fallacy' and discusses how the author becomes a formal presence in the text. The second section is theoretical and speaks of the transformation in the way that we read and think about authors, readers, characters and form in the light of recent theory, offering an alternative to the deconstructive and Marxist trends in literary studies.
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