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Time and the Novel
Author: Patricia Drechsel Tobin

ISBN: 9780691630373
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.6
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Formalist criticism of the modern novel has concentrated on its spatial aspects. Patricia Tobin focuses, instead, on the modern novel's temporal structure. She notes that the "genealogical imperative" that dominated the nineteenth-century novel, in which one event gave birth to another, has broken down in the twentieth-century novels she studies. Further, she draws parallels between this collapse of linear narrative and the current challenge to linearity from many other areas of modern thought.


Beginning with Mann's Buddenbrooks as a family chronicle novel that fully embodies the classical genealogical structure, the author extends her analysis to include distortions of the linear perspective in Lawrence'sThe Rainbow, Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Nabokov's Ada, or Ardor, and Marquez'sOne Hundred Years of Solitude. She finds that in these novels about family relationships, the continuity of time, family, and story has dissolved so that past, present, and future have lost their distinctions; sins against the dynastic f...

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