The Modernist Novel

The Modernist Novel : A Critical Introduction

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Leading scholar Stephen Kern offers a probing analysis of the modernist novel, encompassing American, British and European works. Organized thematically, the book offers a comprehensive analysis of the stunningly original formal innovations in novels by Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Proust, Gide, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Kafka, Musil and others. Kern contextualizes and explains how formal innovations captured the dynamic history of the period, reconstructed as ten master narratives. He also draws briefly on poetry and painting of the first half of the twentieth century. The Modernist Novel is set to become a fundamental source for discussions of the genre and a useful introduction to the subject for students and scholars of modernism and twentieth-century more

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  • Electronic book text | 266 pages
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus. 1 table
  • 1139181033
  • 9781139181037

About Stephen Kern

Stephen Kern taught at Northern Illinois University, completing his time there as a Distinguished Research Professor, before moving to Ohio State University in 2002. He was appointed a Humanities Distinguished Professor at Ohio State in 2004. He has been awarded ACLS, NEH, Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships and received the Ohio Academy of History Distinguished Historian Award for 2007. His major publications are The Culture of Time and Space: 1880-1918 (1983, 2003), The Culture of Love: Victorians to Moderns (1992) and A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought (2004). His area of specialization is modern European cultural and intellectual history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research project is on modernism and more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Character: presence, substance, structure, stability, stature, purpose; 2. Event: scale, causality, plot; 3. Space: texture, mental space, urban space; 4. Time: orientation, pace, continuity, order; 5. Framework: beginning, ending; 6. Text: mechanics, language, style; 7. Narrator: vision, voice, knowledge; more

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'Kern's account offers a refreshing stance towards modernist fiction.' Notes and Queriesshow more

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