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Theorists of the Modernist Novel

James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf, 1st Edition

By Deborah Parsons


176 pages

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Tracing the developing modernist aesthetic in the thought and writings of James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf, Deborah Parsons considers the cultural, social and personal influences upon the three writers. Exploring the connections between their theories, Parsons pays particular attention to their work on:

  • forms of realism
  • characters and consciousness
  • gender and the novel
  • time and history.

An understanding of these three thinkers is fundamental to a grasp on modernism, making this an indispensable guide for students of modernist thought. It is also essential reading for those who wish to understand debates about the genre of the novel or the nature of literary expression, which were given a new impetus by the pioneering figures of Joyce, Richardson and Woolf.


A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2007

"A clear, concise introduction to modernist views of the novel"

J. W. Moffett, Kentucky Wesleyan College, for CHOICE magazine, Sep 2007, vol 45, no. 01, p. 374.

"This one does an amazing job precisely because it manages to prepare readers without taking the sense of discovery away. Parsons is the kind of guide you want for an introduction of this sort: clear, focused, balanced, learned, and attuned to her audience's needs."

--James Joyce Quarterly

Table of Contents

Why Joyce, Woolf and Richardson? Key Ideas 1. A New Realism. Realism and Reality. Romanticism, Realism and Impressionism. 2. Character and Consciousness 3. Gender and the Novel 4. Time and History After Joyce Further Reading. Works Cited

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 / Semiotics & Theory