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Hand, Derek
A history of the Irish novel / Derek Hand
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PR8797 .H36 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English fiction -- Irish authors -- History and criticism
Literature and society -- Ireland -- History
Literature and history -- Ireland -- History
National characteristics, Irish, in literature
Subject Ireland -- In literature
Physical Description x, 341 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 320-334) and index
Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "While some literary critics have traced the origins of the novel back to ancient Greece, the modern novel as an access to the narratives of bourgeois modernity emerged into Western culture in the late seventeenth century. The struggle of that class toward definition and the striving to articulate its character is central to the novel and the stories it tells. Its novelty is found in a formlessness that nonetheless aspires to some idea of order and unity. Indeed, the energies of the early modern novel form can be discerned in its constant assertion of narratives that enact that search for completeness while also allowing for a kind of mourning for the security that older, traditional forms and stories allowed. Thus, novelists, then as now, revel in the possibilities that formal innovation permits while their characters find themselves forced to acknowledge the newness of their world and their experiences in that world"-- Provided by publisher

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