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Book review: The lives of the novel: a history by Thomas G. Pavel

Franklin, Sarah (2014) Book review: The lives of the novel: a history by Thomas G. Pavel. LSE Review of Books (26 Jan 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

"The Lives of the Novel: A History." Thomas G. Pavel. Princeton University Press. September 2013. --- This book is a history of the novel from ancient Greece to the vibrant world of contemporary fiction. Thomas Pavel argues that the driving force behind the novel’s evolution has been a rivalry between stories that idealize human behavior and those that ridicule and condemn it. Impelled by this conflict, the novel moved from depicting strong souls to sensitive hearts and, finally, to enigmatic psyches. Pavel makes his case by analyzing more than a hundred novels from Europe, North and South America, Asia, and beyond. Sophie Franklin writes that this text presents a cohesive lineage that moves effortlessly from one point to another.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2014 14:16
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 14:59
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/56273

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