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The Historical Novel

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"Concentrating primarily on the 19th century, Luk�cs offers brilliant reflections on Scott, Hugo, Tolstoy, and Flaubert, the methods of creating a feeling of historical reality, the tradition of epic, the use of the past by the rising bourgeoisie, the negative influence of naturalism, and the place of overt ideology."-Washington Post Book World
Paperback, 363 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1937)
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Bastante difícil, mas também bastante iluminador. Os estudos sobre realismo europeu (Thomas Mann e outros) e as diversas considerações sobre Épica e Dramática na historiografia literária são sensacionais. O estudo que Lukács faz sobre o desenvolvimento e o "futuro" do romance histórico (e aqui ele já levanta implicações de ordem social, típico do materialismo histórico deste autor, em conjunto com a luta contra o fascismo empreendida pelo movimento das massas e os romancistas) é sistemático e ri ...more
If you must read this, read it with Russian Revolutionary singing in the background. It'll give that extra punch to dramatic sentences like: "Today's historical novel has arisen and is developing amid the DAWN of a NEW democracy."
Sep 15, 2007 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marxists; literary scholars
Great theoretical classic. Improved my understanding of the history and significance of novels.
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György Lukács (Hungarian pronunciation: [ɟørɟ lukɑːtʃ]; 13 April 1885 – 4 June 1971) was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher and literary critic. He is a founder of the tradition of Western Marxism. He contributed the ideas of reification and class consciousness to Marxist philosophy and theory, and his literary criticism was influential in thinking about realism and about the novel as a literary genr ...more
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