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American Theorists of the Novel

Henry James, Lionel Trilling and Wayne C. Booth, 1st Edition

By Peter Rawlings


184 pages

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The American theorists: Henry James, Lionel Trilling and Wayne C. Booth have revolutionized our understanding of narrative and have each championed the novel as an art form. Concepts from their work have become part of the fabric of novel criticism today, influencing theorists, authors and readers alike.

Emphasizing the crucial relationship between the works of these three critics, Peter Rawlings explores their understanding of the novel form, and investigates their ideas on:

  • realism and representation
  • authors and narration
  • point of view and centres of consciousness
  • readers, reading and interpretation
  • moral intelligence.

Rawlings demonstrates the importance of James, Trilling and Booth for contemporary literary theory and clearly introduces critical concepts that underlie any study of narrative. American Theorists of the Novel is invaluable reading for anyone with an interest in American critical theory, or the genre of the novel.


'Demonstrably, American Theorists of the Novel meets well the primary objective of Routledge's "Critical Thinkers" series as enunciated by its editor, Robert Eaglestone; it stands as a book to which one "can turn to first when a new name or concept appears in [one's] studies".' - Jerry A. Varsava, Studies in the Novel

Table of Contents

Why James, Trilling, and Booth? Key Ideas 1. Three Perspectives on the Novel 2. Realism and Representation 3. Authors, Narrators, and Narration 4. Points of View and Centres of Consciousness 5. Readers, Reading, and Interpretation 6. Moral Intelligence After James, Trilling, and Booth Further Reading

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory