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Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf and Worldly Realism

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ISBN: 9781474419130 9781474423533 Year: Pages: 256 DOI: 10.26530/oapen_625278 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100132
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Austen and Woolf are materialists, this book argues. ‘Things’ in their novels give us entry into some of the most contentious issues of the day. This wholly materialist understanding produces worldly realism, an experimental writing practice which asserts egalitarian continuity between people, things and the physical world. This radical redistribution of the importance of material objects and biological existence, challenges the traditional idealist hierarchy of mind over matter that has justified gender, class and race subordination. Entering their writing careers at the critical moments of the French Revolution and the First World War respectively, and sharing a political inheritance of Scottish Enlightenment scepticism, Austen’s and Woolf’s rigorous critiques of the dangers of mental vision unchecked by facts is more timely than ever in the current world dominated by fundamentalist neo-liberal, religious and nationalist belief systems.

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The American Short Story Cycle

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ISBN: 9781474423939 9781474423946 9781474423953 Year: DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423939.001.0001 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100850
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The American Short Story Cycle shows the roots of modernism and postmodernism winds through the short story cycle.Reviewers ranging from the The New York Times to Amazon do not know what to call books like Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad or Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth. Why do such popular and acclaimed books spark debates about what they are and how they should be read? The American Short Story Cycle provides a history of this genre that has been hiding in plain sight. Dating back to the early nineteenth century and proliferating to the present, the short story cycle has been wildly popular both in the US and around the world. Stories in a cycle, which can be read singly but mean more together, reflect the individualism and pluralism that shape modern experience. This book gives a name and theory to the genre that has fostered the aesthetics of fragmentation and recurrence that characterize fiction today.

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Literature --- American --- genre --- ethnicity --- gender --- community --- short story

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