A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers

A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers

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When the first edition of David Madden's A Primer of the Novel: For Readers and Writers was published more than twenty-five years ago, there were no other books of its kind available. Since then, many authors and editors have produced works that attempt the same comprehensive coverage of the genre. However, these works tend to be either written solely for writers or solely for readers. More often than not, those written for readers tend to be aimed at advanced students or critics of the novel. In this revised edition, David Madden, Charles Bane and Sean Flory have produced an updated work that is intended for a general readership including writers, teachers, and students who are just being introduced to the genre. This unique handbook provides a definition and history of the novel, a description of early narratives, and a discussion of critical approaches to this literary form. A Primer of the Novel also identifies terms, definitions, commentary, and examples in the form of quotations for almost 50 types of novels and 15 artistic techniques. A chronology of narrative in general and of the novel in particular-from 850 B. C. to the present-is also included, along with indexes to authors, titles, novel types and techniques, as well as a selective bibliography of criticism. Although all novel types present in the first edition are still represented, many have become more clearly defined. This revised edition also cites several types of novels that did not appear in the first edition, such as the graphic novel and the novel of Magical Realism. As well as keeping all of the original examples from representative texts, the authors have added new examples of more recent works. While this book was conceived for a general audience, it will be a valuable resource for students, teachers, and libraries. It may be used in any English literature courses at any level, including graduate, and is suited for creative writing courses as well. With its clear and immediately accessible features, this handbo

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810857087
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2006
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

David Madden is Professor of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University. He is the author of several books of criticism, including Revising Fiction, and The Poetic Image in Six Genres. His poems and short stories have appeared in a wide variety of publications, from Redbook and Playboy to The Southern Review. He has also written several novels, including the Pulitzer-prize nominee, The Suicide's Wife (1978). Charles Bane is assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas, Conroy, Arkansas. Sean Flory is a PhD candidate in Renaissance Studies at Louisiana State University.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface to the First Edition Part 2 Preface to the New Edition Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Introduction Part 5 Part I: Types of Novels Chapter 6 1. Novels of Comedy Chapter 7 2. Novels of Personal Writings Chapter 8 3. Novels of Life Chapter 9 4. Novels of Development Chapter 10 5. The Symbolic Novel Chapter 11 6. The Popular Novel Chapter 12 7. Novels of History Chapter 13 8. Novels of Realism Chapter 14 9. Novels of Region Chapter 15 10. Novels of Philosophy and Politics Chapter 16 11. Novels of Psychology Chapter 17 12. The Pure Novel: A Not-Yet-Realized Type Part 18 Part II: The Art of Fiction Chapter 19 13. Point of View Chapter 20 14. Story Chapter 21 15. Characters Chapter 22 16. Conflict Chapter 23 17. Time-Space Chapter 24 18. Theme Chapter 25 19. Plot Chapter 26 20. Structure Chapter 27 21. Style Chapter 28 22. Symbolism Chapter 29 23. Imagery Chapter 30 24. Unity Chapter 31 25. Innovative Techniques Chapter 32 26. Revision Part 33 Epilogue: Relationship between the Reader and Writer Part 34 Appendix: Critical Approaches Part 35 Selected Bibliography Part 36 Chronology: The Development of the Novel Part 37 Author and Title Index Part 38 Type and Technique Index Part 39 About the Authors

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