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A Theory of the Classical Novel

Knight, Everett

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ISBN 10: 0710067739 / ISBN 13: 9780710067739
Published by Routledge Kegan Paul, 1969
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Title: A Theory of the Classical Novel

Publisher: Routledge Kegan Paul

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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First published in 1969, this book asserts that two concepts, structure and praxis, make it impractical for scholars to ignore the necessity of a theory of the novel ― with the term ‘classical novel’ used to cover western fiction. The author argues that the novel is fundamentally an ‘enterprise’ ― an aspect of the praxis of a particular social class ― and that the ways of orthodox scholarship are also a praxis. The investigator must enquire into the nature of their questions as those traditionally put to literature are inspired by ‘irrelevant’ nineteenth century positivism. In the author’s view the book is necessarily a theory of the classical novel and a manifesto for the student movement.

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