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Narrative features such as frames, digressions, or authorial intrusions have traditionally been seen as distractions from the narrative proper. In Theory and the Novel, Jeffrey Williams analyses these elements as points where the novel overtly depicts or inscribes the act of narration itself. Williams analyses a range of novels Tristam Shandy, Joseph Andrews, Wuthering Heights, Lord Jim, and Heart of Darkness and poses a series of theoretical questions that offers an original contribution to readings of the English novel, as well as to current discussions of theory.