The Novel Today: Contemporary Writers on Modern Fiction

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Manchester University Press, 1977 - American fiction - 256 pages
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Contents

Introduction malcolm bradbury
7
Against Dryness iris Murdoch
23
The Novel as Research michel butor
48
The Literature of Exhaustion john barth
70
The Novelist at the Crossroads david lodge
84
The House of Fiction frank kermode i i i
136
Introduction to Arent You Rather Young to be Writing
151
Preface to The Golden Notebook doris lessing
169
Scheherezade runs out of plots goes on talking
186
The Myth of the Postmodernist Breakthrough
217
Bibliography 2
250
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About the author (1977)

A professor of English literature and American studies who has published numerous critical works, Malcolm Bradbury is also a novelist whose protagonists are academics who make muddles of their personal and professional lives. He maintains that his main concern is to explore problems and dilemmas of liberalism and issues of moral responsibility. The targets of Bradbury's satires include intellectual pretension, cultural myopia, and official smugness. His protagonists are largely sympathetic, if comic, failures at mastering their own fates in a world of absurd rules and regulations. His major novels include Eating People Is Wrong (1959), Stepping Westward (1965), and The History Man (1975). This last, a novel of intellectual and political conflict at an English university in the late 1960s, was made into a successful television minidrama. More recent novels include Rates of Exchange (1983) and Cuts (1987).

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