Novel, The: An Alternative History: Beginnings to 1600 Steven Moore

ISBN: 9781282873995

Published: November 18th 2010

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698 pages


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Novel, The: An Alternative History: Beginnings to 1600  by  Steven Moore

Novel, The: An Alternative History: Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore
November 18th 2010 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 698 pages | ISBN: 9781282873995 | 6.36 Mb

Encyclopedic in scope and heroically audacious, The Novel: An Alternative History is the first attempt in over a century to tell the complete story of our most popular literary form. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the novel did not originate in 18th-century England, nor even with Don Quixote, but is coeval with civilization itself. After a pugnacious introduction, in which Moore defends innovative, demanding novelists against their conservative critics, the book relaxes into a world tour of the premodern novel, beginning in ancient Egypt and ending in 16th-century China, with many exotic ports-of-call: Greek romances- Roman satires- medieval Sanskrit novels narrated by parrots- Byzantine erotic thrillers- 5000-page Arabian adventure novels- Icelandic sagas- delicate Persian novels in verse- Japanese war stories- even Mayan graphic novels.

Throughout, Moore celebrates the innovators in fiction, tracing a continuum between these premodern experimentalists and their postmodern progeny. Irreverent, iconoclastic, informative, entertainingGCoThe Novel: An Alternative History is a landmark in literary criticism that will encourage readers to rethink the novel.



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