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This book provides a wide-ranging, accessible and humorous introduction to the English novel from Daniel Defoe to the present day.

Following the model of his hugely popular Literary Theory: An Introduction, Terry Eagleton starts by distilling the essentials of the theory of the novel, summarizing what has been written on the genre by a range of prominent theorists. There then follows a series of chapters on major novelists, including Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce. Each chapter discusses the major works of the author in question, outlines the relevant historical context, and draws out common themes.The English Novel is an ideal introduction for students of English literature or for general readers.

Book News Annotation:

In his introduction to the English novel, Eagleton (cultural theory, U. of Manchester) leads his students on a march through Britain's canonical writers, beginning with Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift and ending with Virginia Wolf. As he did in his popular introduction to literary theory, Eagleton summarizes the arguments of prominent theorists succinctly and cogently. He explains his choice of authors by stating that they are the novelists students will most likely encounter, but in his conclusion, Eagleton contends that England's era of major literary achievement ended after the First World War along with the collapse of major liberal ideals, such as reason, progress and civility. He sees in their place a narrowing of interest among authors to the individual and parochial.
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Synopsis:

Written by one of the world’s leading literary theorists, this book provides a wide-ranging, accessible and humorous introduction to the English novel from Daniel Defoe to the present day.

  • Covers the works of major authors, including Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce.

  • Distils the essentials of the theory of the novel.

  • Follows the model of Eagleton’s hugely popular Literary Theory: An Introduction(Second Edition, 1996).

About the Author

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow at the University of Manchester. His recent publications include Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic (2003), The Idea of Culture (2000), Scholars and Rebels in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (1999), Literary Theory: An Introduction (Second Edition, 1996) and The Illusions of Postmodernism (1996), all published by Blackwell Publishing.

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. What is a Novel?.

2. Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift.

3. Henry Fielding and Samuel Richardson.

4. Laurence Sterne.

5. Walter Scott and Jane Austen.

6. The Brontës.

7. Charles Dickens.

8. George Eliot.

9. Thomas Hardy.

10. Henry James.

11. Joseph Conrad.

12. D.H. Lawrence.

13. James Joyce.

14. Virginia Woolf.

Postcript: After the Wake.

Notes.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405117074
Subtitle:
An Introduction
Author:
Eagleton, Terry
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Malden, MA
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
English fiction
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
The Novel
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
73
Publication Date:
August 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
376
Dimensions:
229 x 152 mm

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"Synopsis" by , Written by one of the world’s leading literary theorists, this book provides a wide-ranging, accessible and humorous introduction to the English novel from Daniel Defoe to the present day.

  • Covers the works of major authors, including Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce.

  • Distils the essentials of the theory of the novel.

  • Follows the model of Eagleton’s hugely popular Literary Theory: An Introduction(Second Edition, 1996).

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