How do literary critics distinguish between 'story' and 'plot', between a symbol and an image, or between 'tone' and 'mood'? How do we define 'realism', 'modernism', and 'postmodernism'? Widely acclaimed for its accessibility, this is the essential guide to the concepts and approaches central to understanding the novel, novella and short story.
Studying the Novel is a best-selling introductory guide to the novel, short story and novella covering all the essential concepts and approaches for students of English, either on short courses or at degree level. It is widely-acclaimed for its erudite yet accessible style and judicious selection of literary extracts. The book begins with an introduction to the history and structure of the novel and then moves on to define the novel's essential components. The history and development of the novel is examined and concludes with a discussion of its continued relevancy today. Separate chapters cover the short story and the novella in order to give adequate coverage to these popular forms. The theoretical approaches of 'realism', 'modernism' and 'postmodernism' are outlined with reference to popular works to demonstrate how theory can be applied. Cyberfiction and interactive/collaborative fiction are explored followed by a chapter on analysing fiction - here the standard components of the novel are covered: narrative technique; character; plot; structure; setting; theme; symbol and image and speech and dialogue. Critical approaches and screen adaptations are also looked at. Practical advice is included throughout but one chapter entirely is devoted to how to take notes, what to note, using critics, using the internet and how to tackle essays and exams effectively. New to this edition is the inclusion of more contemporary fiction, such as Jeanette Winterson. Semi-fictional/factional work, such as holocaust writing is analysed and new developments in narrative theory have been added. A timeline of novels offers an at-a-glance overview of the historical development of literature.
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'A model of compact exposition.' The Times Educational Supplement 'This jewel of a book by Jeremy Hawthorn makes up for its Lilliputian size by covering writing concepts for students and avid readers. Includes ideas not found outside of advanced graduate school or masterwork courses.' wordsmitten.com 'An approach to studying the novel that is both erudite and easy to follow.' Teaching English
About Jeremy Hawthorn
Jeremy Hawthorn is Professor of British Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Fiction and the Novel; History, Genre, Culture; Shorter Fiction; Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism; Fiction and the Electronic Media; Analysing Fiction; Studying the Novel; Versions and Adaptations; Critical Approaches to Fiction
Studying the Novel by Jeremy Hawthorn
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