The Workings of Fiction: Essays

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University of Missouri Press, 1991 - 384 頁

The Workings of Fiction is a collection of essays, chiefly on British and American novels and novelists, that shows a masterful critic at work. Each of the essays examines a different aspect of the novelists' art as one uniquely astute critical mind observes them. The central issue Robert Heilman confronts--often by studying the novels in pairs--is how the novelist does what he does.

Dealing with subjects as diverse as Charlotte Bronte, Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy, and Evelyn Waugh, Heilman studies the workings of fiction from varied stances. He investigates the uses of the verbal medium and the several means by which a given theme is developed. As Heilman identifies and traces particular themes, he studies how parts are assembled into a whole. In addition, he explores particular generic types--like the picaresque, the gothic, the tragic--as they are used by a variety of novelists.

Written by a gifted man of letters, The Workings of Fiction takes us inside the process of criticism. The book offers us an original and perceptive view of Under the Volcano as it offers of Pride and Prejudice or The Turn of the Screw. Each essay presents a fresh way of looking at and understanding these novels. This collection will be of interest to anyone who desires insight into the workings of fiction.

 

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Charlotte Brontë
41
Tragic Unity in Conrads Lord Jim
70
Parts and Whole in Pride
79
Charlotte Brontë Reason and the Moon
99
Stealthy Convergence in Middlemarch
117
Houyhnhnms
143
James and Dürrenmatt
162
Sic Transit in Different Keys
173
A Singular Element in D H Lawrences Style
260
Intentions in The Mayor
280
Hardy and Some
290
Science as Religion
309
Jamess The Turn of the Screw
317
Exploiters and Explorers
339
From Stereotype to Model
348
Notes
367

Hardy and Waugh
179
STYLES
187
The Explicit Style
230
The Mayor of Casterbridge
241
Acknowledgments
373
Index
379
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Robert Bechtold Heilman is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ways of the World: Comedy and Society, winner of the 1979 Christian Gauss Prize.

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