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The Modernist Novel

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Leading scholar Stephen Kern offers a probing analysis of the modernist novel, encompassing American, British and European works. Organized thematically, the book offers a comprehensive analysis of the stunningly original formal innovations in novels by Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Proust, Gide, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Kafka, Musil and others. Kern contextualizes and explains how ...more
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Cambridge University Press (first published June 23rd 2011)
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Jacob
Jan 31, 2016 Jacob rated it liked it
Kern reads with the sharpness of a literary theorist and writes with the clarity of a historian. By sharply periodizing and limiting his focus to Western European and American authors, Kern posits the specificity of modernism as a reaction to certain historical, social and technological factors.

The strengths of his work are his knowledge and reading of Ulysses, as well as the comparisons with the work of realists to demonstrate the novelty of modernism. A deficiency of his work on literary mode
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This textbook had tons of examples to help enforce its lessons; many of which were books that we were reading in the class. It's always helpful when you can relate it to something that you're actually working on.
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