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- DescriptionAccording to the dominant tradition of literary criticism, the vel is the form par excellence of the private individual. Empty Houses challenges this consensus by reexamining the genre's development from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century and exploring what has until w seemed an amaly - the frustrated theatrical ambitions of major velists. Offering new interpretations of the careers of William Makepeace Thackeray, George Eliot, Henry James, James Joyce, and James Baldwin - writers kwn for mapping ever-narrower interior geographies - this book argues that the genre's inward-looking tendency has been misunderstood. Delving into the critical role of the theater in the origins of the vel of interiority, David Kurnick reinterprets the vel as a record of dissatisfaction with inwardness and an injunction to rethink human identity in radically collective and social terms. Exploring neglected texts in order to reread canical ones, Kurnick shows that the theatrical ambitions of major velists had crucial formal and ideological effects on their masterworks. Investigating a key stretch of each of these velistic careers, he establishes the theatrical genealogy of some of the signal techniques of narrative interiority. In the process he illustrates how the vel is marked by a hunger for palpable collectivity, and argues that the genre's discontents have been a shaping force in its evolution. A groundbreaking rereading of the vel, Empty Houses provides new ways to consider the velistic imagination.
- Author BiographyDavid Kurnick is associate professor of English at Rutgers University.
- PrizesCommended for MSA Book Prize 2013.
- Author(s)David Kurnick
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication25/11/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note13 halftones.
- Weight399 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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