The Novel: An Alternative History

The Novel: An Alternative History

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Encyclopedic in scope and heroically audacious, The Novel: An Alternative History is the first attempt in over a century to tell the complete story of our most popular literary form. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the novel did not originate in 18th-century England, nor even with Don Quixote, but is coeval with civilization itself. After a pugnacious introduction, in which Moore defends innovative, demanding novelists against their conservative critics, the book relaxes into a world tour of the pre-modern novel, beginning in ancient Egypt and ending in 16th-century China, with many exotic ports-of-call: Greek romances; Roman satires; medieval Sanskrit novels narrated by parrots; Byzantine erotic thrillers; 5000-page Arabian adventure novels; Icelandic sagas; delicate Persian novels in verse; Japanese war stories; even Mayan graphic novels. Throughout, Moore celebrates the innovators in fiction, tracing a continuum between these pre-modern experimentalists and their postmodern progeny. Irreverent, iconoclastic, informative, entertaining-The Novel: An Alternative History is a landmark in literary criticism that will encourage readers to rethink the novel.... this time; the cleaner narrative line running through Joshua and Judges allows him to learn his craft before he embarks on the ... largely because it features a wider cast of interesting characters: we have the legends of Deborah the prophetess, Barak ... 56 In her notes to Joshua in the splendid Jewish Study Bible , Carol Meyers has several variants of this understatement: a€œThis discrepancy between textanbsp;...

Title:The Novel: An Alternative History
Author:Steven Moore
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2013-09-17


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