Narrative Machine: The Naturalist, Modernist, and Postmodernist Novel (Narrative Theory and Culture)
Zena Meadowsong (Author)
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Narrative Machine: The Naturalist, Modernist, and Postmodernist Novel advances a new history of the novel, identifying a crucial link between narrative innovation and the historical process of mechanization. In the late nineteenth century, the novel grapples with a new and increasingly acute problem: In its attempt to represent the colossal power of modern machinery-the steam-driven machines of the Industrial Revolution, the electrical machines of the modern city, and the atomic and digital machines developed after the Second World War-it encounters the limitations of traditional representative strategies. Beginning in the naturalist novel, the machine is typically portrayed as a mythic monster, and though that monster represents a potentially horrific reality-the superhuman power of mechanization-it also disrupts the documentary objectives of narrative realism (the dominant mode of nineteenth-century fiction). The mechanical monster, realistic and yet at odds with traditional realist strategies, tears the form of the novel apart. In doing so, it unleashes a series of innovations that disclose, critique, and contest the force of mechanization: the innovations associated with literary naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism.
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About the Author
Zena Meadowsong is an Associate Professor of English at Rowan University, USA.
- Contributor: Zena Meadowsong
- Imprint: Routledge
- ISBN13: 9781138392458
- Number of Pages: 254
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229mm
- Packaged Weight: 498
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Release Date: 2018-12-04
- Series: Narrative Theory and Culture
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Zena Meadowsong is an Associate Professor of English at Rowan University, USA.