The Novel, Volume 2

The Novel, Volume 2 : Forms and Themes

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Nearly as global in its ambition and sweep as its subject, Franco Moretti's The Novel is a watershed event in the understanding of the first truly planetary literary form. A translated selection from the epic five-volume Italian Il Romanzo (2001-2003), The Novel's two volumes are a unified multiauthored reference work, containing more than one hundred specially commissioned essays by leading contemporary critics from around the world. Providing the first international comparative reassessment of the novel, these essential volumes reveal the form in unprecedented depth and breadth--as a great cultural, social, and human phenomenon that stretches from the ancient Greeks to today, where modernity itself is unimaginable without the genre. By viewing the novel as much more than an aesthetic form, this landmark collection demonstrates how the genre has transformed human emotions and behavior, and the very perception of reality. Historical, statistical, and formal analyses show the novel as a complex literary system, in which new forms proliferate in every period and place.
Volume 2: Forms and Themes, views the novel primarily from the inside, examining its many formal arrangements and recurrent thematic manifestations, and looking at the plurality of the genre and its lineages. These books will be essential reading for all students and scholars of literature.
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  • Paperback | 960 pages
  • 152 x 235 x 50.04mm | 1,304g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 12 halftones.
  • 0691134731
  • 9780691134734
  • 105,029

Table of contents

On The Novel ix 2.1. THE LONG DURATION The Novel in Search of Itself: A Historical Morphology by THOMAS PAVEL 3 Epic, Novel by MASSIMO FUSILLO 32 The Poetry of Mediocrity by SYLVIE THOREL-CAILLETEAU 64 The Experiments of Time: Providence and Realism by FREDRIC JAMESON 95 Readings: Prototypes Massimo Fusillo, Aethiopika (Heliodorus, Third or Fourth Century) 131 Abdelfattah Kilito, Maqamat (Hamadhany FD, Late Tenth Century) 138 Francisco Rico, Lazarillo de Tormes ("Lazaro de Tormes," circa 1553) 146 Thomas DiPiero, Le Grand Cyrus (Madeleine de Scudery, 1649-1653) 152 Perry Anderson, Persian Letters (Montesquieu, 1721) 161 Ian Duncan, Waverley (Walter Scott, 1814) 173 Paolo Tortonese, The Mysteries of Paris (Eugene Sue, 1842-1843) 181 Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells, 1898) 189 Ambrosio Fornet, The Kingdom of This World (Alejo Carpentier, 1949) 196 2.2. WRITING PROSE Forms of the Supernatural in Narrative by FRANCESCO ORLANDO 207 The Prose of the World by MICHAL PELED GINSBURG AND LORRI G. NANDREA 244 Excess and History in Hugo's Ninety-three by UMBERTO ECO 274 Minor Characters by ALEX WOLOCH 295 324Toward a Database of Novelistic Topoi by NATHALIE FERRAND 324 2.3. THEMES, FIGURES The Fiction of Bourgeois Morality and the Paradox of Individualism by NANCY ARMSTRONG 349 The Death of Lucien de Rubempre by A. S. BYATT 389 A Portrait of the Artist as a Social Climber: Upward Mobility in the Novel by BRUCE ROBBINS 409 A Businessman in Love by FREDRIC JAMESON 436 Readings: Narrating Politics Benedict Anderson, Max Havelaar (Multatuli, 1860) 449 Luisa Villa, The Tiger of Malaysia (Emilio Salgari, 1883-1884) 463 Edoarda Masi, Ah Q (Lu Hsun, 1921-1922) 469 Thomas Lahusen, Cement (Fedor Gladkov, 1925) 476 Piergiorgio Bellocchio, A Private Matter (Beppe Fenoglio, 1963) 483 Simon Gikandi, Arrow of God (Chinua Achebe, 1964) 489 Jose Miguel Oviedo, Conversation in the Cathedral (Mario Vargas Llosa, 1969) 497 Klaus R. Scherpe, The Aesthetics of Resistance (Peter Weiss, 1975-1981) 503 Readings: The Sacrifice of the Heroine April Alliston, Aloisa and Melliora (Love in Excess, Eliza Haywood, 1719-1720) 515 Juliet Mitchell, Natasha and Helene (War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1863-1869) 534 Sylvie Thorel-Cailleteau, Nana (Nana, Emile Zola, 1880) 541 Valentine Cunningham, Tess (Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy, 1891) 548 Peter Madsen, Elsie (The Dangerous Age, Karin Michaelis, 1910) 559 2.4. S PACE AND STORY Over-writing as Un-writing: Descriptions, World-Making, and Novelistic Time by MIEKE BAL 571 The Roads of the Novel by HANS ULRICH GUMBRECHT 611 The Chronotopes of the Sea by MARGARET COHEN 647 667Torn Space: James Joyce's Ulysses by PHILIP FISHER 667 Readings: The New Metropolis Leo Ou-fan Lee, Shanghai (Midnight, Mao Dun, 1932) 687 Ernesto Franco, Buenos Aires (Adan Buenosayres, Leopoldo Marechal, 1948) 693 Ernest Emenyonu, Lagos (People of the City, Cyprian Ekwensi, 1954) 700 Roger Allen, Cairo (The Cairo Trilogy, Naguib Mahfouz, 1956-1957) 706 Ardis L. Nelson, Havana (Three Trapped Tigers, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, 1967) 714 Homi Bhabha, Bombay (Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie, 1981) 721 Sibel Irzik, Istanbul (The Black Book, Orhan Pamuk, 1990) 728 2.5. UNCERTAIN BOUNDARIES Form and Chance: The German Novella by ANDREAS GAILUS 739 Inconceivable History: Storytelling as Hyperphasia and Disavowal by FRANCIS MULHERN 777 Innovation: Notes on Nihilism and the Aesthetics of the Novel by JOHN BRENKMAN 808 Narrative Literature in the Turing Universe by ESPEN AARSETH 839 Readings: A Century of Experiments 871Andreina Lavagetto, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Rainer Maria Rilke, 1910) 871 Myra Jehlen, The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein, 1925) 880 Ann Banfield, Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1925) 888 Jose Luiz Passos, Macunaima (Mario de Andrade, 1928) 896 Seamus Deane, Finnegans Wake ( James Joyce, 1939) 906 Declan Kiberd, Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett, 1951-1953) 912 Beatriz Sarlo, Hopscotch ( Julio Cortazar, 1963) 919 Ursula K. Heise, Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon, 1973) 926 Contributors 933 Author Index 937 Works Cited Index 944
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2007 Honorable Mention for the 2007 John G. Cawelti Award, American Culture Association "The most crucial aspect of the Il romanzo project is the idea driving it to see literature globally, to free 'the novel' from its modernist, strictly Western center of emergence and consider instead how the form has mutated around the world, and why."--Emilie Bickerton, Bookforum "It's a rare literary critic who attracts so much public attention, and there's good reason: few are as hell-bent on rethinking the way we talk about literature... There's no question that people will still be talking about these volumes twenty-five years from now."--Eric Bulson, Times Literary Supplement "[A] very ambitious collection ... The Novel is an impressive achievement, and precisely because Moretti was so willing to include perspectives that diverge sharply from his own."--William Deresiewicz, Nation Praise for Italian edition: "These volumes are a heroic attempt to capture the great animal of words that we call The Novel. The hunting strategy employed by Franco Moretti and his contributors proves complex and articulated but at the same time oblique and diversified. A merely systematic work could never handle this subject. Neither could a totally anarchic approach ... This work is destined to occupy an important place in contemporary reflections on the novel and on narrative forms in general. The essays are agile but not superficial, specialized but readable, and current ... More than anything else, [The Novel] arouses one's desire to read and reread literary works."--Dario Voltolini, La Stampa Praise for Italian edition: "There are books that you read and reread, others that you consult when useful or just for the pleasure ... [The Novel] belongs to both categories because it is much more than a mere collection of essays on a specific subject (in this case, the novel as literary genre, reinterpreted through contributions by novelists, critics, philosophers, anthropologists, and historians from every part of the world). Its changing, evocative flavors are so mouthwatering that it is like a platter of tapas, the little appetizers served by Catalans before a meal, which often take the place of an entire meal. The topic is books--a continuous game of citations and reflections. From the outset, it gives the reader symptoms of an ancient hunger. We are not sure what pushes us to read it and we try to grab and hold on to as much of it as possible ... [The Novel] is not a book. It is a Pantagruelian feast that awakens limitless appetites. It helps to remind us how many flavors can be found in literature and--above all--how many we have lost by eating fast food for the brain."--Diego De Silva, Il Mattino Praise for Italian edition: "[These] interesting, useful books ... are not humble, simply informative manuals: they offer essays that lead in multiple directions and examine fundamental problems and questions. They assess the breadth of current studies and they establish an analytical horizon for advanced contemporary culture."--Giulio Ferrot, L'Unita "When you open The Novel ... you may think you know what a novel is; by the time you close it ... you are no longer sure... The sheer diversity of topics here is exciting and opens up many new horizons... It is impossible to understand why the novel has been the quintessential modern art form, and why it has appealed to writers and readers around the globe, without understanding the circumstances of its rise in Western Europe in the 18th century... [I]t helped to incarnate the modern sensibility, and to teach its readers what it means to be modern... If the novel is indeed losing its central position in our imaginative life ... it can only be because modernity itself is slipping away, with all it distinctive promise and menace."--Adam Kirsch, New York Sun "An essential resource for all academic collections serving students of language and literature."--Thomas L. Cooksey, Library Journal "This two-volume set is the most important resource on the novel now available. Like the novel itself, this work spans the globe and the centuries... Essential."--Choice "No reader will come away from these volumes without a long list of novels they now want to read--novels, in many cases, well-known within their own linguistic or national tradition but unfamiliar outside of it... [This is] a project so capacious, so audacious, so polyvocal--in a word, so novel."--Leah Price, Novel: A Forum on Fiction "There is a great deal to relish here...Moretti and his contributors have succeeded in making the study of the novel--if not the entire 'literary field'--'longer, larger and deeper' that it was before, or than any single scholar could ever make it."--London Review Bookshop "Hugely ambitious... Explores fiction with a capaciousness that's exhilarating as well as eye-opening, as a galactic crew of critics swoop in on subjects ranging from ancient China to Toni Morrison."--Marina Warner, The New Statesman "Moretti's ability in his own criticism to use a playful, informal style is quite remarkable; he quickly puts readers at ease as he calls into question a great deal of what they think they know about narrative... In short, both the range and the content of these essays are exceptionally lively and dynamic, and the writing is sophisticated."--Brian Evenson, Novel: A Forum on Fiction "There is very much worth exploring in Moretti's excellent collection of essays... Moretti's fine collection is a robust testimony to the novel's long, complex, multicultural history."--Steven D. Smith, International Journal of the Classical Tradition
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About Franco Moretti

Franco Moretti is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford University, where he founded the Center for the Study of the Novel. He is the author of "Signs Taken for Wonders, The Way of the World, Modern Epic, Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900," and "Graphs, Maps, Trees".
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