The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes

The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes

By: Franco Moretti (editor)Paperback

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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.

About Author

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".


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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