The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 4: The Reinvention of the British and Irish…

Hardcover | January 1, 2011

EditorPatrick Parrinder, Andrzej Gasiorek

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the 'literary' novel,and each volume includes chapters on the processes of production, distribution, and reception, and on popular fiction and the fictional sub-genres, as well as outlining the work of major novelists, movements, traditions, and tendencies.The 36 expert contributors to Volume 4 trace the dramatic changes in British and Irish fiction from the cumbersome 3-volume novels of the 1880s to the 'paperback revolution' in the late 1930s. It looks at the intense debates over the nature and purpose of the novel in the period, the development ofnew popular sub-genres, and the stratification of the readership of fiction. In a period characterized by huge political and economic upheavals and wholesale revisions of personal morality and sexual and linguistic taboos, the volume traces both the process of modernist experimentation and the workof novelists who registered the social and cultural impact of modernity. The topics covered include national (Irish, Scottish, and Welsh), regional, and women's fiction; the influence of the European novel, of the cinema, and the growth of the modern city; the impact of the Empire,class-consciousness, and the First World War; and such specialized forms as the children's novel, detective stories, and thriller, science fiction and fantasy, and the short story.

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the 'literary' novel,and each volume includes chapters on the proc...

Patrick Parrinder is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Reading and General Editor of The Oxford History of the Novel in English. He is the author of many books, including Shadows of the Future: H.G. Wells, Science Fiction and Prophecy, which won the 1996 Eaton Award, and Nation and Novel: The English Novel from its Or...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:January 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsList of ContributorsGeneral Editor's PrefaceIntroductionEditorial NotePart I: The Fiction Industry 1880-19401. Andrew Nash: The Production of the Novel, 1880-19402. Catherine Seville: Novelists, Literary Property, and Copyright3. Nicola Wilson: Libraries, Reading Patterns, and CensorshipPart II: The Novel 1880-19144. Max Saunders: Fiction as an Art: Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Ford Madox Ford5. David Gervais: From Balzac to Proust: English Novelists and Foreign Novels6. Simon J. James: Realism and the Fiction of Modern Life: From Meredith to Forster7. Patrick Parrinder: Metropolitan Fiction: Slums, Suburbs, and Tales of Mean Streets8. William Greenslade: Provincial Fiction and the Decline of 'Puritan England'9. Angelique Richardson: New Women and the New Fiction10. David Glover: Masters of Male Romance11. David Goldie: Scottish, Irish, and Welsh Fiction in the Late Nineteenth Century12. Clive Bloom: Bestselling Fiction Before and After the First World WarPart III: Sub-generic and Specialized Fictional Forms13. Chris Baldick: Political Novels and Utopian Romances14. Christopher Pittard: The English Detective Story15. Nicholas Daly: Adventure Novels and Thrillers16. Roger Luckhurst: Science Fiction and Fantasy17. David Punter: Gothic and Supernatural Fiction18. Norma Clarke: The Children's Novel19. Clare Hanson: Short Stories and Short FictionPart IV: The Novel 1914-194020. John McCourt: James Joyce21. Bonnie Kime Scott: Virginia Woolf and Consciousness22. Fiona Becket: D. H. Lawrence and Metaphysical Fiction23. Peter Brooker: Modernism and the Fiction of the City24. David Trotter and Andrew Shail: Cinema and the Novel25. John Marx: The Novel and the Empire26. Vincent Sherry: The Novel and the First World War27. Elizabeth Maslen: Women's Novels Between the Wars28. Len Platt: Aristocratic Comedy and Intellectual SatirePart V: National and Regional Fiction in the Early Twentieth Century29. Maud Ellmann: The Irish Novel 1914-194030. Cairns Craig: The Scottish Novel31. Jane Aaron: Welsh Fiction32. Steven Matthews: English Regional Fiction and National Culture33. Christopher Hilliard: Working-class FictionPart VI: The Critical Understanding of Fiction34. Jesse Matz: Impressionism, Naturalism, and Aestheticism: Novel Theory, 1880-191435. John Baxendale: Popular Fiction and the Critique of Mass Culture36. Andrzej Gasiorek: Inside and Outside the WhaleComposite BibliographyIndex