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- DescriptionWinner of the Christian Gauss Award for excellence in literary scholarship from the Phi Beta Kappa Society Having excavated the world's earliest vels in his previous book, literary historian Steven Moore explores in this sequel the remarkable flowering of the vel between the years 1600 and 1800-from Don Quixote to America's first big vel, an homage to Cervantes entitled Modern Chivalry. This is the period of such classic vels as Tom Jones, Candide, and Dangerous Liaisons, but beyond the dozen or so recognized classics there are hundreds of other interesting vels that appeared then, kwn only to specialists: Spanish picaresques, French heroic romances, massive Chinese vels, Japanese graphic vels, eccentric English vels, and the earliest American vels. These mir vels are t only interesting in their own right, but also provide the context needed to appreciate why the major vels were major breakthroughs. The vel experienced an explosive growth spurt during these centuries as velists experimented with different forms and genres: epistolary vels, romances, Gothic thrillers, vels in verse, parodies, science fiction, episodic road trips, and family sagas, along with quirky, unclassifiable experiments in fiction that resemble contemporary, avant-garde works. As in his previous volume, Moore privileges the invators and outriders, those who kept the vel vel. In the most comprehensive history of this period ever written, Moore examines over 400 vels from around the world in a lively style that is as entertaining as it is informative. Though written for a general audience, The Novel, An Alternative History also provides the scholarly apparatus required by the serious student of the period. This sequel, like its predecessor, is a zestfully encyclopedic, avidly opinionated, and dazzlingly fresh history of the most 'elastic' of literary forms (Booklist).
- Author BiographySteven Moore (Ph.D. Rutgers, 1988) is the author of several books and essays on modern literature. From 1988 to 1996 he was managing editor of the Review of Contemporary Fiction/Dalkey Archive Press, and for decades he has reviewed books for a variety of journals and newspapers, principally The Washington Post. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Author(s)Steven Moore
- PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication10/10/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintContinuum Publishing Corporation
- Weight1761 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine81 mm
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