The Novel: A Survival Skill

Paperback | June 23, 2015

byTim Parks

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'The novel: a survival skill' offers a completely new account of the relationship between writer, text, and reader. Drawing on ideas from systemic psychology and positioning theory, Parks suggests that both the content and style of a novelist's work, the kind of stories told, and the way in which they are told, form part of a more general strategy of suvival that the novelist has developed in reaponse to tensions within his or her family of origin. Radically undermining traditional lit-crit criteria, and deconstructing the pieties with which the novel is usually defended, Parks gives a novelist's own insider account of what may be best understood as the biography of the act of writing itself and its relation to the lives with which it is entwined.

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'The novel: a survival skill' offers a completely new account of the relationship between writer, text, and reader. Drawing on ideas from systemic psychology and positioning theory, Parks suggests that both the content and style of a novelist's work, the kind of stories told, and the way in which they are told, form part of a more gene...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.46 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198739591

ISBN - 13:9780198739593

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