A primer of the novel : for readers and writers /
David Madden, Charles Bane, Sean M. Flory.
Rev. ed.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
xxi, 278 p.
0810857081 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
0810857081 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Madden, professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University Charles Bane is assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conroy, Arkansas Sean M. Flory is a ph.D. candidate in Renaissance studies at Louisiana State University
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Madden (creative writing, Louisiana State U.) focuses on more than 50 types and major artistic techniques of the novel throughout its history, providing definitions and discussions and including passages and lists of examples. The text includes a detailed chronology of novels, two bibliographies of articles and books by both novelists and critics, and indexes of types and techniques and of authors and titles. The new edition has been completely updated.
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This unique handbook provides a definition and history of the novel, a description of early narratives, and a discussion of critical approaches to this literary form.
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When the first edition of David Madden's A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers was published more than twenty-five years ago, there were no other books of its kind available. Since then, many authors and editors have produced works that attempt the same comprehensive coverage of the genre. However, these works tend to be either written solely for writers or solely for readers. More often than not, those written for readers tend to be aimed at advanced students or critics of the novel. In this revised edition, David Madden, Charles Bane and Sean Flory have produced an updated work that is intended for a general readership including writers, teachers, and students who are just being introduced to the genre. This unique handbook provides a definition and history of the novel, a description of early narratives, and a discussion of critical approaches to this literary form. A Primer of the Novel also identifies terms, definitions, commentary, and examples in the form of quotations for almost 50 types of novels and 15 artistic techniques. A chronology of narrative in general and of the novel in particular ”from 850 B. C. to the present ”is also included, along with indexes to authors, titles, novel types and techniques, as well as a selective bibliography of criticism. Although all novel types present in the first edition are still represented, many have become more clearly defined. This revised edition also cites several types of novels that did not appear in the first edition, such as the graphic novel and the novel of Magical Realism. As well as keeping all of the original examples from representative texts, the authors have added new examples of more recent works. While this book was conceived for a general audience, it will be a valuable resource for students, teachers, and libraries. It may be used in any English literature courses at any level, including graduate, and is suited for creative writing courses as well. With its clear and immediately accessible features, this handbo
Table of Contents
Preface to the First Editionp. ix
Preface to the New Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Types of Novelsp. 1
Novels of Comedyp. 2
Novels of Personal Writingsp. 8
Novels of Lifep. 11
Novels of Developmentp. 17
The Symbolic Novelp. 25
The Popular Novelp. 30
Novels of Historyp. 45
Novels of Realismp. 49
Novels of Regionp. 56
Novels of Philosophy and Politicsp. 61
Novels of Psychologyp. 71
The Pure Novel: A Not-Yet-Realized Typep. 75
The Art of Fictionp. 81
Point of Viewp. 89
Storyp. 98
Charactersp. 101
Conflictp. 106
Time-Spacep. 108
Themep. 114
Plotp. 122
Structurep. 125
Stylep. 137
Symbolismp. 153
Imageryp. 156
Unityp. 161
Innovative Techniquesp. 165
Revisionp. 178
Epilogue: Relationship between the Reader and Writerp. 183
Critical Approachesp. 191
Selected Bibliographyp. 195
Chronology: The Development of the Novelp. 211
Author and Title Indexp. 245
Type and Technique Indexp. 269
About the Authorsp. 277
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