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The Cambridge Introduction to the Novel (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

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Beginning its life as the sensational entertainment of the eighteenth century, the novel has become the major literary genre of modern times. Drawing on hundreds of examples of famous novels from all over the world, Marina MacKay explores the essential aspects of the novel and its history: where novels came from and why we read them; how we think about their styles and tec ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published January 17th 2011 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Gareth Reeves
Oct 12, 2016 Gareth Reeves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes wry, often witty, and always beautifully articulate, this is one of the best academic introductions to the novel currently available. Dr MacKay seems to have read every novel under the sun and read them very carefully, although this occasionally means, for me at least, a profound sense of inadequacy.

Although there is a great deal to take in, it does not feel like a chore, thanks to the short, clearly written chapters, the useful glossary of terms at the back, and the variety of inform
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Dale Muckerman
Jan 03, 2012 Dale Muckerman rated it really liked it
Excellent introduction to the novel. Though rather short and easy to read, this book contains both traditional and contemporary views of the novel. MacKay also presents a good overview and history of literary theory for the past couple of centuries. There is also a good deal of speculative thought concerning the ontological ramifications of the novel. Oftentimes thought-provoking, but at other times the speculations seem more about contemporary trends in all of literature and modern culture than ...more
Andrea
Sep 01, 2015 Andrea rated it it was ok
Definitely not in love with this as a novels textbook, but I did enjoy the chapter on time and space within the novel. I understand there is little one can say as fact about the novel, but to me, this didn't really serve a purpose other than to extensively illustrate the most simplistic aspects of a novel (theme, plot, character, etc.).
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Jan 13, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
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Contains major spoilers of Bleak House, Middlemarch, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Good Soldier, To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, Crime and Punishment, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and others.
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