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The Novel

Language and Narrative Form Cervantes to Calvino

By (author) Andre Brink
Format: Paperback
Publisher: University of Cape Town Press, Cape Town, South Africa
Published: 30th Apr 1998
Dimensions: w 150mm h 220mm
Weight: 475g
ISBN-10: 191971314X
ISBN-13: 9781919713144
Barcode No: 9781919713144
The postmodernist novel is renowned for the extremes of its narcissistic involvement with language, but in this book the author argues that this self-consciousness has been a characteristic of the novel since its earliest stirrings. More specifically, every novel appears both to construct, and to be constructed by, its own notion of language, elaborated through all the strategies of narrative. Besides the framing chapters on Cervantes's "Don Quixote" and Calvino's "If On a Winter's Night a Traveller", memorable chapters include: Daniel Defoe's "Moll Flanders", Jane Austen's "Emma", George Eliot's "Middlemarch" and Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice".

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