The Experimental Impulse in George Meredith's Fiction (Hardback)Richard Stevenson (author)
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 31/12/2004
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This book argues that George Meredith as a writer of Victorian fiction is most critical for us today because of the ways in which he wrote against convention. The focus is on seven novels (An Essay on Comedy. The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, The Adventures of Harry Richmond, The Egoist, One of Our Conquerors, Lord Ormont and His Aminta, and The Amazing Marriage) which clearly illuminate the experimental and transgressive impulse in Meredith, as seen in his treatment of controversial contemporary themes, in his departures from conventions of genre, and in his innovations with narrative technique, and the representation of consciousness. These are novels that had a profoundly stimulating effect on many of those canonical writers we now associate with the first wave of modernism in the English novel. James, and then Woolf, Forster, Lawrence, Conrad, Ford, and Joyce, to varying degrees, all saw Meredith as an influence to be reckoned with in their own novelistic experimentation - an influence, this book proposes, essential to understanding the modernist translation of nineteenth-century realism into new formal, thematic, and psychological realms. Richard Stevenson teaches courses in eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century British novel at the University of Oregon.
Publisher: Associated University Presses
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 19 mm
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