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The Cambridge Introduction to the Novel

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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521713344

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  • Beginning its life as the sensational entertainment of the eighteenth century, the novel has become the major literary genre of modern times. Drawing on hundreds of examples of famous novels from all over the world, Marina MacKay explores the essential aspects of the novel and its history: where novels came from and why we read them; how we think about their styles and techniques, their people, plots, places, and politics. Between the main chapters are longer readings of individual works, from Don Quixote to Midnight's Children. A glossary of key terms and a guide to further reading are included, making this an ideal accompaniment to introductory courses on the novel.

    • Written without specialist jargon for undergraduates beginning to study literature
    • Chapters clearly organised by topic, with sample readings of important novels
    • Includes glossary and guide to further reading
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521713344
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    About this book
    1. Why the novel matters
    Interchapter: Don Quixote
    2. Origins of the novel
    Interchapter: Tristram Shandy
    3. Narrating the novel
    Interchapter: Justified Sinner
    4. Character and the novel
    Interchapter: The Scarlet Letter
    5. Plotting the novel
    Interchapter: Madame Bovary
    6. Setting the novel
    Interchapter: Bleak House
    7. Time and history
    Interchapter: To the Lighthouse
    8. Genre and subgenre
    Interchapter: The Ministry of Fear
    9. Novel and anti-novel
    Interchapter: The Crying of Lot 49
    10. Novel, nation, community
    Interchapter: Midnight's Children
    11. Concluding
    Further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • African Literature
    • Graduate SEminar in Comparative Revolutions
    • Introduction to Fiction
    • Introduction to the Novel
    • Literary Masterpieces
    • Masterpieces of Spanish American Literature
    • Studies in Genre, Narrative
    • Studies in the Novel (British)
    • The British Novel
  • Author

    Marina MacKay, Washington University, St Louis
    Marina MacKay is Associate Professor of English at Washington University, St Louis.

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