Master Narratives: Tellers and Telling in the English Novel

Author: Gravil, Richard


ISBN 978-1-84760-007-3 272 pp; file size 2.89 mb Licence: printing allowed, copying disabled

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A Collection of Essays exploring the way in which some of the major novels in the 'long' nineteenth century engaged with society's 'master narratives'. The Sample Pages contain the complete introduction to this collection.
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This collection of essays in memory of Bill Ruddick, was first published in 2003 by Ashgate and reissued by Humanities Ebooks in 2007.


Richard Gravil: Introduction
W. B. Hutchings: How pleasant to meet Mr Fielding: The Narrator as Hero in Tom Jones;
Jayne Lewis: 'Where then lies the difference?': The (Ante) Postmodernity of Tristram Shandy;
Mary Wedd: Old Mortality: Editor and Narrator;
Frederick Burwick: Mathilda: Who Knew Too Much;
Jane Stabler: 'Perswasion' in Persuasion;
Frederick Burwick: Wuthering Heights as Bifurcated Novel;
Richard Gravil: Negotiating Mary Barton;
Alan Shelston: Nell, Alice and Lizzie: Three Sisters amidst the Grotesque [illustrated];
Richard Gravil: The Androgyny of Bleak House;
Nicola Trott: Middlemarch and “the Home Epic”
Gerard Barrett: The Ghost of Doubt: Writing, Speech and Language in Lord Jim;
Michael O”Neill: Liking or Disliking: Woolf, Conrad, Lawrence.

Note: proceeds from the sale of this Ebook are donated to Oxfam. The Introduction is available for free download. All except one chapter may be bought separately as Micro-Ebooks from our Essays list (please search on the authors name).

About the author

Richard Gravil is the publisher of Humanities Ebooks. He has written extensively on Wordsworth and on Anglo-American Literary Relations, and edited books on Swift, Wordsworth, and Coleridge.

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'The issues raised by this collection are such that it calls in return for another volume of discussion rather than a brief review. Equally, it could serve well as the core text for a seminar on all these issues in the novel...' —John Beer, Charles Lamb Bulletin

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