Forms of Modern British Fiction by Alan Warren FriedmanForms of Modern British Fiction by Alan Warren Friedman

Forms of Modern British Fiction

EditorAlan Warren Friedman

Paperback | November 1, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 173 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


In Forms of Modern British Fiction six individualistic and strongminded critics delineate the "age of modernism" in British fiction. Dating the age and the movement from later Hardy works through the deaths of Joyce and Woolf, they present British fiction as a cohesive, self-contained unit of literary history.

Hardy appears as the first of the modern British novelists, Lawrence as the central, and Joyce and Woolf as the last. The writers and the modern movement are framed by precursors, such as Galsworthy, and by successors, Durrell, Beckett, and Henry Green—the postmoderns. The pattern of the essays suggests a growing self-consciousness on the part of twentieth-century writers as they seek not only to refine their predecessors but also to deny (and sometimes obliterate) them. The moderns thus deny the novel itself, a genre once firmly rooted in history and forms of social life. Their works do not assume that comfortable mimetic relationship between the fictive realities of art and life.

Consequently, there has now evolved a poetics of the novel that is virtually identifiable with modern fiction, a poetics still highly problematical in its attempt to denote a medium in whose name eclectic innovativeness and incessant revitalizing are proclaimed. Forms of Modern British Fiction refines and advances the discussion of the modern novel and the world it and we inhabit.

Alan Warren Friedman is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.
Title:Forms of Modern British FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:029274093X

ISBN - 13:9780292740938


Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. The Once and Future Age of Modernism: An Introduction (Alan Warren Friedman)
  • 2. Ethical Structures in John Galsworthy, Elizabeth Bowen, and Iris Murdoch (James Gindin)
  • 3. Fiction and Repetition: Tess of the d’Urbervilles (J. Hillis Miller)
  • 4. D. H. Lawrence’s Dualism: The Apollonian-Dionysian Polarity and The Ladybird (James C. Cowan)
  • 5. Stephen Dedalus and the Spiritual-Heroic Refrigerating Apparatus: Art and Life in Joyce’s Portrait (Charles Rossman)
  • 6. Virginia Woolf: Tradition and Modernity (Avrom Fleishman)
  • 7. Fiction at the Edge of Poetry: Durrell, Beckett, Green (John Unterecker)
  • Appendix: A Panel Discussion
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index