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The Art of Fiction : Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts - David Lodge

The Art of Fiction

Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts

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Published: 1st July 1994
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The articles with which David Lodge entertained and enlightened readers of the Independent on Sunday and The Washington Post are now revised, expanded and collected together in book form.

The art of fiction is considered under a wide range of headings, such as the Intrusive Author, Suspense, the Epistolary Novel, Time-shift, Magical Realism and Symbolism, and each topic is illustrated by a passage or two taken from classic or modern fiction. Drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James and Martin Amis, Jane Austen and Fay Weldon and Henry Fielding and James Joyce, David Lodge makes accessible to the general reader the richness and variety of British and American fiction. Technical terms, such as Interior Monologue, Metafiction, Intertextuality and the Unreliable Narrator, are lucidly explained and their application demonstrated.

Bringing to criticism the verve and humour of his own novels, David Lodge has provided essential reading for students of literature, aspirant writers, and anyone who wishes to understand how literature works.

Based on a series of articles written for the Independent on Sunday, this is an entertaining and enlightening collection of some 50 short essays on the technical devices of fiction and how writers use them, under such headings as Suspense, Sense of Place, and Symbolism. Each topic is illustrated with a short excerpt from a classic or modern work, from Sterne and Dickens to Fay Weldon and Martin Amis. Lodge uses his insider's knowledge, as an award-winning novelist as well as a teacher and critic, to reveal the tricks of the trade to readers and aspiring writers. (Kirkus UK)

Preface
Beginning (Jane Austen, Ford Madox Ford)p. 3
The Intrusive Author (George Eliot, E. M. Forster)p. 9
Suspense (Thomas Hardy)p. 13
Teenage Skaz (J. D. Salinger)p. 17
The Epistolary Novel (Michael Frayn)p. 21
Point of View (Henry James)p. 25
Mystery (Rudyard Kipling)p. 30
Names (David Lodge, Paul Auster)p. 35
The Stream of Consciousness (Virginia Woolf)p. 41
Interior Monologue (James Joyce)p. 46
Defamiliarization (Charlotte Bronte)p. 52
The Sense of Place (Martin Amis)p. 56
Lists (F. Scott Fitzgerald)p. 61
Introducing a Character (Christopher Isherwood)p. 66
Surprise (William Makepeace Thackeray)p. 70
Time-Shift (Muriel Spark)p. 74
The Reader in the Text (Laurence Sterne)p. 80
Weather (Jane Austen, Charles Dickens)p. 84
Repetition (Ernest Hemingway)p. 89
Fancy Prose (Vladimir Nabokov)p. 94
Intertextuality (Joseph Conrad)p. 98
The Experimental Novel (Henry Green)p. 104
The Comic Novel (Kingsley Amis)p. 109
Magic Realism (Milan Kundera)p. 113
Staying on the Surface (Malcolm Bradbury)p. 117
Showing and Telling (Henry Fielding)p. 121
Telling in Different Voices (Fay Weldon)p. 125
A Sense of the Past (John Fowles)p. 130
Imagining the Future (George Orwell)p. 134
Symbolism (D. H. Lawrence)p. 138
Allegory (Samuel Butler)p. 142
Epiphany (John Updike)p. 146
Coincidence (Henry James)p. 149
The Unreliable Narrator (Kazuo Ishiguro)p. 154
The Exotic (Graham Greene)p. 158
Chapters etc (Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, Walter Scott, George Eliot, James Joyce)p. 162
The Telephone (Evelyn Waugh)p. 169
Surrealism (Leonora Carrington)p. 174
Irony (Arnold Bennett)p. 178
Motivation (George Eliot)p. 182
Duration (Donald Barthelme)p. 186
Implication (William Cooper)p. 189
The Title (George Gissing)p. 193
Ideas (Anthony Burgess)p. 197
The Non-Fiction Novel (Thomas Carlyle)p. 201
Metafiction (John Barth)p. 206
The Uncanny (Edgar Allan Poe)p. 211
Narrative Structure (Leonard Michaels)p. 215
Aporia (Samuel Beckett)p. 219
Ending (Jane Austen, William Golding)p. 223
Bibliography of primary sourcesp. 231
Index of Namesp. 237
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ISBN: 9780140174922
ISBN-10: 0140174923
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st July 1994
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1