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Edgar Dryden challenges recent criticism that has tended to discredit—or at least devalue—the importance of "romance" as a thematic and generic category of American fiction. In The Form of American Romance, he examines its evolution and meaning through readings of five exemplary texts: Hawthorne's Marble Faun, Melville's Pierre, James's Portrait of a Lady, Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, and Barth's Letters. Each of these novels treats the problems of reading and writing in a self-referential way that reflects on the questions they dramatize, and Dryden has chosen each with the others in mind. Taken together, they chart a line of development with representative examples of what literary history calls romanticism, realism, modernism, and postmodernism, and thus they suggest a certain story about the continuity of the American novel.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Halftitle
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. v
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Abbreviations Used in the Text
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Halftitle 1
  2. p. xvii
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  1. 1. The Thematics of a Form: Waverley and American Romance
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 2. The Limits of Romance: A Reading of The Marble Faun
  2. pp. 31-60
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  1. 3. The Entangled Text: Pierre and the Romance of Reading
  2. pp. 61-106
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  1. 4. The Image in the Mirror: James’s Portrait and the Economy of Romance
  2. pp. 109-136
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  1. 5. Faulkner and the Sepulcher of Romance: The Voices of Absalom, Absalom!
  2. pp. 137-167
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  1. 6. The Romance of the Word: John Barth’s Letters
  2. pp. 169-210
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 211-221
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-241
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-249
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 251
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421429984
Related ISBN
9781421431130
MARC Record
OCLC
1117482999
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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