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The English Novel: An Introduction Paperback – August 6, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1405117074 ISBN-10: 1405117079 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (August 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405117079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405117074
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eagleton's presentation of the history of the novel is admirably clear and almost entirely free of the disfiguring jargon so relied upon by theorists and bamboozlers."
The Irish Independentà

"Eagleton, almost alone among academic literary critics of his generation, has never been afraid of asking big questions about big things. In The English Novel: An Introduction he takes aim at a very large target indeed. Being Eagleton (the most articulately and discriminately ideological critic of our time) he does, of course, do much more than merely 'introduce'. He makes sense of the English novel."
John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature, UCL

Book Description

Written by one of the worlds leading literary theorists, this book provides a wide-ranging, accessible and humorous introduction to the English novel from Daniel Defoe to the present day.Following the model of his hugely popular Literary Theory: An Introduction, Terry Eagleton starts by distilling the essentials of the theory of the novel, summarizing what has been written on the genre by a range of prominent theorists. There then follows a series of chapters on major novelists, including Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce. Each chapter discusses the major works of the author in question, outlines the relevant historical context, and draws out common themes.The English Novel is an ideal introduction for students of English literature or for general readers.

More About the Author

Terry Eagleton is John Edward Taylor Professor of English Literature at the University of Manchester. His numerous books include The Meaning of Life, How to Read a Poem, and After Theory.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Leading literary theorist Terry Eagleton presents The English Novel: An Introduction, a scholarly examination of the artistic expression of the English novel that particularly focuses upon classic works by great authors such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Hardy, and others. An in-depth examination of dramatic effect, narrative characteristics especially prevalent among English novels, ideological passions that fueled the individual authors, and much more, The English Novel is a superb introduction for beginning to intermediate college-level students of literature. Witty and inventive as well as filled with sharp observations, The English Novel is enthusiastically recommended for personal and public library literature shelves.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. M Mills TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 3, 2006
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Terry Eagleton is a British professor of Literature who has written an excellent, quotable and recondite account of English Literature from the seventeenth through the twentieth century to today!

Eagleton's book is not for the novice unfamiliar with the works he discusses. The book would serve well in a college course on English literature. As an English major and lifelong reader of English Literature I would recommend the book highly.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reading man on March 1, 2014
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Eagleton's Marxism is the equal of his master Raymond Williams, but he has more feeling for literature, as this survey reveals.

Still, what he has to say about the major British novelists needs to be qualified paragraph by paragraph.

Since this book was published, Eagleton seems to have become a sort of academic turned popularizer, much like Harold Bloom. He's gone from "advanced" criticism to "beginner" books, which is a nice way for a prof to make a living, but not of much interest to serious students of the subject.
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