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The Dialect of the Tribe : Speech and Community in Modern Fiction - Margery Sabin

The Dialect of the Tribe

Speech and Community in Modern Fiction

Hardcover Published: 5th March 1987
ISBN: 9780195041538
Number Of Pages: 320

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The bold careers of Henry James, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett--writers with profoundly unsettled cultural identities--spark Margery Sabin's investigation of values carried through inherited forms of speech. The Dialect of the Tribe offers fresh readings of such great novels as The Golden Bowl, Women in Love, Ulysses, and the Beckett trilogy which illustrate how complex attitudes toward the speech forms of language inform the most varied social, psychological, and aesthetic structures in modern fiction. Sabin explores the powerful tension in these writers between appreciation for the resources of common speech in English and contrary longings for a freedom associated with abstraction, system, and foreign or private language. Her own critical procedures transcend restrictive and reductive polarizations, as she lucidly analyzes the biases of both the Anglo-American critical tradition and the challenge to that tradition in French literary theory and practice. Written in a jargon-free, accessible style, The Dialect of the Tribe argues that the ambiguous cultural positions of the great modern novelists in English emerge as a major source of their strength--the rich traditions of the English language give enlivening power to writers also remarkable for their drive toward radical independence and skepticism.

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"[An] often brilliant study."--D.H. Lawrence Review "Margery Sabin is a critic of rare lucidity and brilliance, and The Dialect of the Tribe should redirect and enrich our reading of modern fiction."--Richard Poirier, Rutgers University "Splendid insights on every page....Sabin in a sensitive, thoughtful critic...Brilliant."--The D.H. Lawrence "The book is impressive, the work of a formidable critic."--James H. Maddox, George Washington University "An intelligent study of language play in the composition and detection of attitude and harmony or tension within a literary work....Offers a rich reward of fresh intellectual exploration."--Choice "[An] often brilliant study."--D.H. Lawrence Review "Margery Sabin is a critic of rare lucidity and brilliance, and The Dialect of the Tribe should redirect and enrich our reading of modern fiction."--Richard Poirier, Rutgers University "Splendid insights on every page....Sabin in a sensitive, thoughtful critic...Brilliant."--The D.H. Lawrence "The book is impressive, the work of a formidable critic."--James H. Maddox, George Washington University "An intelligent study of language play in the composition and detection of attitude and harmony or tension within a literary work....Offers a rich reward of fresh intellectual exploration."--Choice

Introductionp. 3
The Life of English Idiom, the Laws of French Clichep. 10
English and French Traditionsp. 10
The Life of Idiom in Joyce and Lawrencep. 25
The Community of Intelligence and the Avant-Gardep. 43
Competition of Intelligence in The Golden Bowlp. 65
Charlotte's Riskp. 65
Maggie's Methodp. 82
Constructing Character: Speech and Will in Women in Lovep. 106
Near and Far Things in Lawrence's Writing of the Twentiesp. 139
The Spectacle of Reality: Australia, the Sea, and Sardiniap. 139
St. Mawr: Spectacle and Symbolp. 162
Postures and Impostures of English in Ulyssesp. 179
Dramatic Language: "Every word is so deep"p. 179
The Comedy of Psychic Depth: "You ought to see yourself"p. 210
The Shelter from Fact in "Eumaeus"p. 224
Signs of Life and Death in Beckett's Trilogyp. 241
Le bon sens and Horse-Sensep. 241
Molloy: l'unijambistep. 252
Throes and Calm in Malone meurt / Malone Diesp. 264
Le type respiratoire / The Respiratory Type: L'Innommable / The Unnamablep. 278
Notesp. 292
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780195041538
ISBN-10: 0195041534
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5th March 1987
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.56

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