Untheories of Fiction

Literary Essays from Diderot to Markson

Authors: Axelrod, Mark

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  • Examines the unique differences between and among literary texts
  • Approaches the primary texts in a unique way – many of which are rarely written about
  • Turns a critical eye to the diversity of fiction writing
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This book takes a closer look at the diversity of fiction writing from Diderot to Markson and by so doing call into question the notion of a singular “theory of fiction,” especially in relation to the novel. Unlike Forster’s approach to “Aspects of the Novel,” which implied there is only one kind of novel to which there may be an aspect, this book deconstructs how one approach to studying something as protean as the novel cannot be accomplished. To that end, the text uses Diderot’s This Is Not A Story (1772) and David Markson’s This Is Not A Novel (2016) as a frame and imbedded within are essays on De Maistre’s Voyage Around My Room (1829), Machado de Assis’s Posthumous Memoirs Of Braz Cubas (1881), André Breton’s Nadja (1928) and Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept (1945).

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Mark Axelrod is a Professor of Comparative Literature in the Department of English at Chapman University, California, USA. Prior to teaching at Chapman, he taught at the University of East Anglia, UK and the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is a graduate of both Indiana University, USA, (BA, MA) and the University of Minnesota, USA, (PhD). For nineteen years he has been the Director of the John Fowles Center for Creative Writing for which he has received five National Endowment for the Arts grants. 

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'As a fiction writer himself and a scholar who has thought about modernism and postmodernism from a theoretical perspective, Mark Axelrod is in a unique position to formulate a nuanced un-theory of the novel tackling this literary tradition since the inception of the genre in the 17th century up to our present, discombobulated days.'

- Pablo Baler, Professor of Latin American Literature,California State University, Los Angeles, USA

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Untheories of Fiction
Book Subtitle
Literary Essays from Diderot to Markson
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-59346-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59346-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-59345-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 155
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