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ERIC Number: ED081002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 198
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The Approach to Fiction: Good and Bad Readings of Novels.
Hewitt, Douglas
This book considers the right and the wrong ways to approach different types of novels. Trollope's "The Way We Live Now" is the starting point for chapters dealing with the conventions of realism as they are revealed in the presentation of characters, in the novelists' language, and in the tension between the autonomy of character and the demands of form. The interpretation of symbolic novels is discussed through Dickens'"Little Dorrit." The criteria of over-interpretation are established, and the problems of reinterpreting novels in psychoanalytic and other terms are discussed. A critique of Peacock's "Crotchet Castle" leads to a discussion of the nature of novels of ideas. The last chapter discusses the need for reading the novel as an achieved whole and recollection of it as a narrative process. (WR)
Rowman & Littlefield, 81 Adams Drive, Totowa, N.J. 07512 ($8.50 cloth)
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