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Modernist Narratives

David James

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Modernist Narratives

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This article examines the forms of modernist narratives and attempts to coordinate micro-analyses of form as a way of telling a macro-historical story of key narrative transformations. It suggests that modernist fiction progresses neatly in a series of stages, with each new step outmoding previous advances. The article also highlights the connections between techniques that show writers reaching back in time even while setting fresh goals, a dialectic between tradition and experiment which helps us to correct the notion that fiction can be modernist only if it proves itself to be unprecedented.

Keywords: modernist narratives; narrative forms; modern fiction; narrative transformations; literary history

Article.  11357 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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