By Jane Smiley
Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling novelist Jane Smiley celebrates the novel–and takes us on an exciting journey via 100 of them–in this seductive and immensely worthwhile literary tribute.
In her inimitable style–exuberant, candid, opinionated–Smiley explores the facility of the unconventional, taking a look at its historical past and diversity, its cultural impression, and simply the way it works its magic. She invitations us behind the curtain of novel-writing, sharing her personal conduct and spilling the secrets and techniques of her craft. and he or she deals worthwhile recommendation to aspiring authors. As she works her means via 100 novels–from classics resembling the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to contemporary fiction by way of Zadie Smith and Alice Munro–she infects us anew with the fervour for analyzing that's the governing spirit of this present to e-book enthusiasts in every single place.
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Chapter 2 Epic subjects Epic and novel provide the double theme of George Luk´acs’s Theory of the Novel. Analyzing the world-views special to the two genres, Luk´acs consigns them to distinct “historico-philosophical realities” and, in terms equally vatic and social-scientific, announces their ultimate irreconcilability. ” To this level of comprehensive significance the novelist aspires, Luk´acs concedes, but the old epic wholeness derives from an authority no longer available (a casualty of the post-Enlightenment era in which the novel originates).
Flourishing between 1880 and 1915, the Revivalists sought to recover the use of the Irish language, introducing it into the educational curriculum; they retrieved Irish folklore and songs for study, and established a national theater in Dublin to stage plays of strictly Irish provenance. They premised their efforts on the belief that political consequences would flow from the activity of culture-(re)building. Gaelic antiquity would provide the material source of ethnic identity, the stuff of national self-consciousness.
Pound’s glorification of a hieratic priesthood, his esteem for ancient echelons of title and class, locate an authoritarian demeanor alien to Joyce. ” The state of Joyce’s art differs radically from Pound’s (or Lewis’s), but their enterprises go to the single root of their joint historical condition. They are members of a generation compelled to reclaim the importance of literature in social as well as artistic terms. 3 Novel voices When Joyce writes to Carlo Linati in September 1920, at a particularly high pitch of creative activity on Ulysses, he invokes a sense of tradition as the measure and value of his novel.
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley