Reading Novelsis a unique piece of practical criticism, a comprehensive "poetics" of a genre that has not attracted a great deal of attention, at least not on this level. It is a reader's and student's guide that reaches beyond issues of individual texts and historical traditions to essential features of the form.
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adjectives analysis Austen's Beckett chap chapter characters cliche Cognitive Linguistics complex context conventional criticism D. H. Lawrence David Bordwell described dialogue Dickens discussion E. M. Forster effect Elizabeth English Novel example feel fiction film first-person narrator focalizor focus free indirect discourse genre George Eliot Gerard Genette give Henry James ideas imagine important incipit indicate Jane Austen Jane Eyre kind language linguistics London look mean metaphor metonymy mind modern modernist monologue move names Narratology narrator's nineteenth century novel novelists obviously paratext particular passage pattern Paul Auster Paul Ricoeur phrases play plot portrait present pronouns prose question readers reference relation repetition represent rhetorical scene seems sense sentence simply social speech story style suggests talking techniques tell tense text-world things third-person narrative thought tion traditional trans University Press verbs voice woman words writers