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Author Moore, Steven, 1951-

Title The novel : an alternative history : beginnings to 1600 / Steven Moore.

Imprint New York : Continuum, c2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  809.3 M786n 2010    ---  Available
Description vi, 698 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 653-679) and indexes.
Contents The ancient novel : Egyptian ; Mesopotamian ; Hebrew ; Greek ; Roman ; Christian -- The medieval novel : Irish ; Icelandic ; Byzantine ; Jewish ; Arthurian -- The Renaissance novel : Italian ; Spanish ; French ; English -- The Mesoamerican novel -- The Eastern novel : Indian ; Tibetan ; Arabic ; Persian -- The Far Eastern novel : Japanese ; Chinese.
Summary 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 premodern 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 premodern 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.
Subject Fiction -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9781441177049

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