A History of the Modernist Novel

A background of the Modernist Novel reassesses the modernist canon and produces a wealth of recent comparative analyses that greatly revise the novel's historical past. Drawing on American, English, Irish, Russian, French, and German traditions, best students problem latest attitudes approximately realism and modernism and draw new cognizance to daily life and daily gadgets. as well as its exploration of recent kinds comparable to the modernist style novel and experimental old novel, this publication considers the radical in postcolonial, transnational, and cosmopolitan contexts. A background of the Modernist Novel additionally considers the novel's international succeed in whereas suggesting that the epoch of modernism isn't really but comprehensive.

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The modernist genre novel exploited the generative potential of the mass media marketplace to create forms that combined innovative style and narrative arrangement with popular and formulaic fictional modes (westerns, romance, adventure, crime, and so on). In the modernist genre novel, David Introduction 23 Earle argues, experimentalism inhabits popular media in selfreferential ways that not only critique the high/low distinction in the culture industry but enable a reflection on the author’s own commerciality.

The text can be dated from 1895 to 1900. 46. William Dean Howells, “Editor’s Study,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine (November 1889): 966. Howells’ viewpoint is sustained by Perry, who writes, “Realistic fiction is that which does not shrink from the commonplace (although art dreads the commonplace) or the unpleasant (although the aim of art is to give pleasure) in its effort to depict things as they are, life as it is” (A Study of Prose Fiction, 229). 47. Virginia Woolf, “Modern Fiction,” in The Essays of Virginia Woolf, ed.

Like the “new sensibility” of Russian modernist fiction, they created “reality effects” that layered tradition and innovation. ” The politics of Mann’s tactical application of realism have to do with a refusal to allow narrative to serve a representational function in support of totalitarian thought. Modernists rejected the realist novel on just these grounds — that is, it legitimized the liberal democratic 22 Introduction principles that created a commodified consumer culture. Yet, as Sam Alexander shows, the realist novel very often fought against the worst tendencies of liberal democracy and the laissez faire marketplace, and modernists had much to learn from the solutions offered by their Victorian forebears.

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