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- DescriptionPeter Boxall's The Value of the Novel offers a reappraisal of the ethical, political and literary value of the vel as a genre at turning point in the history both of literature and of criticism. As the dominant critical concerns of the twentieth century faded, and new cultural and techlogical environments emerged, Boxall argues that we lost our collective sense of the purpose of the vel. This book responds to this predicament by demonstrating why and how the vel matters to us today. Ranging from Daniel Defoe to Zadie Smith, Boxall shows how the formal properties of the vel allow us to imagine the worlds in which we live. This is a vibrant, compelling and richly informed critical perspective that asks us to see anew how central fiction is to our idea of the world, and how richly the vel informs our attempts to understand our present and our future.
- Author BiographyPeter Boxall is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. His books include Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction, Since Beckett: Contemporary Writing in the Wake of Modernism and Twenty-First Century-Fiction: A Critical Introduction (Cambridge, 2013). He has also edited and co-edited a number of collections, including Thinking Poetry.
- Author(s)Peter Boxall
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication09/09/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleThe Value of
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note1 b/w illus.
- Weight210 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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