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Antinomies of Realism, The

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  • Antinomies of Realism, The 
    Title: Antinomies of Realism, The
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 08/10/2013
    Imprint: VERSO
    Price: $39.99
    Publishing status: Active

    In this history of the 19th century realist novel and its legacy Fredric Jameson claims that the works of Zola, Tolstoy, Perez Galdos, and George Eliot are in the most profound sense inimitable, yet continue to dominate the novel form to this day. Novels to emerge since struggle to reconcile the social conditions of their own creation with the history of this mode of writing: the so-called modernist novel is one attempted solution to this conflict, as is the ever-more impoverished variety of commercial narratives—what today's book reviewers dub 'serious novels'—which are an attempt at the impossible endeavour to roll back the past. Jameson examines the most influential theories of artistic and literary realism, approaching the subject in terms of the social and historical preconditions for realism's emergence & providing an argument for the serious study of popular fiction and mass culture that transcends lazy journalism and the easy platitudes of recent cultural studies.

    ISBN: 9781781681336
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