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A Theory of the Classical Novel

1st Edition

By Everett Knight

Routledge

162 pages

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First published in 1969, this book asserts that two concepts, structure and praxis, make it impractical for scholars to ignore the necessity of a theory of the novel — with the term ‘classical novel’ used to cover western fiction. The author argues that the novel is fundamentally an ‘enterprise’ — an aspect of the praxis of a particular social class — and that the ways of orthodox scholarship are also a praxis. The investigator must enquire into the nature of their questions as those traditionally put to literature are inspired by ‘irrelevant’ nineteenth century positivism. In the author’s view the book is necessarily a theory of the classical novel and a manifesto for the student movement.

Table of Contents

1 Some Preliminary Notions 2 further Preliminaries 3 The classical novel as an Art Form 4 Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Stendhal 5 The Case of Dickens; Conclusion; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT007000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
LIT024040
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General