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Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel

David Kurnick

Abstract

According to the dominant tradition of literary criticism, the novel is the form par excellence of the private individual. This book challenges this consensus by re-examining the genre's development from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century and exploring what has until now seemed an anomaly—the frustrated theatrical ambitions of major novelists. Offering new interpretations of the careers of William Makepeace Thackeray, George Eliot, Henry James, James Joyce, and James Baldwin—writers known for mapping ever-narrower interior geographies—this book argues that the genre's inward-looki ... More

Keywords: literary criticism, novel, William Makepeace Thackeray, George Eliot, Henry James, James Joyce, James Baldwin, novelists, collectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151519
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151519.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Kurnick, author
Rutgers University