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