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The Language of Fiction : Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel - David Lodge

The Language of Fiction

Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of the English Novel

Paperback Published: 12th September 2002
ISBN: 9780415290036
Number Of Pages: 340

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Language of Fiction was the first book of criticism by the renowned novelist and critic David Lodge. His uniquely informed perspective - he was already the author of three successful novels at the time of its first publication in 1966 - and lucid exposition meant that the work proved a landmark of literary criticism, not least because it succeeded in communicating a radically new vision of English literature to a readership that reached well beyond the bounds of the academy. Now reissued with a new foreword, this major work from the pen of one of England's finest living writers is essential reading for all those who care about the creation and appreciation of literature.

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'Perhaps because he is a good novelist himself, Mr Lodge's subjection of various writers to detailed linguistic analysis is illuminating and exciting.' - Daily Telegraph

Foreword to Routledge Classics Edition
Modern Criticism and Literary Languagep. 7
Poetry and Prosep. 8
F. W. Bateson: Ideas and Logicp. 13
Christopher Caudwell: The Current of Mock Realityp. 16
The Argument from Translationp. 19
Proust and Scott Moncrieff Comparedp. 22
Translation: Poetry and Prosep. 25
The Argument from Bad Writingp. 28
The Modern Movement in Fiction: A Digressionp. 30
Summary of Argumentsp. 32
J. M. Cameron: These Words in this Orderp. 35
Language and Fictional Illusionp. 41
F. W. Bateson and B. Shakevitch: Particularityp. 45
Conclusions to Section 1p. 49
Concepts of Stylep. 52
Stylisticsp. 55
Style and Modern Linguisticsp. 60
M. Riffaterre: Scientific Stylisticsp. 61
J. Warburg: Appropriate Choicep. 64
F. R. Leavis and the Moral Dimension of Fictionp. 69
Conclusions: Principlesp. 74
Conclusions: Methodsp. 83
Repetitionp. 87
The Vocabulary of 'Mansfield Park'p. 98
Fire and Eye: Charlotte Bronte's War of Earthly Elementsp. 120
The Rhetoric of 'Hard Times'p. 153
Tess, Nature, and the Voices of Hardyp. 174
Strether by the Riverp. 200
'Tono-Bungay' and the Condition of Englandp. 227
The Modern, The Contemporary, and the Importance of being Amisp. 259
Afterword to the Second Edition (1984)p. 286
Referencesp. 301
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780415290036
ISBN-10: 0415290031
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 12th September 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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