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The Theory of the Novel: A Historico-Philosophical Essay on the Forms of Great Epic Literature

  title={The Theory of the Novel: A Historico-Philosophical Essay on the Forms of Great Epic Literature},
  author={Gy{\"o}rgy Luk{\'a}cs and Anna Bostock},
Georg Lukacs wrote The Theory of the Novel in 1914-1915, a period that also saw the conception of Rosa Luxemburg's Spartacus Letters, Lenin's Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, Spengler's Decline of the West, and Ernst Bloch's Spirit of Utopia. Like many of Lukacs's early essays, it is a radical critique of bourgeois culture and stems from a specific Central European philosophy of life and tradition of dialectical idealism whose originators include Kant, Hegel, Novalis, Marx… 

Beyond Modernism: The American Postmodern Novel

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A century after Georg Lukács launched literary theory as we know it with the publication of The Theory of the Novel, that work remains a vital resource for novel theory. Lukács’s famed thesis that

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A Compromise “World Text”

  • M. Juvan
  • Art
    Worlding a Peripheral Literature
  • 2019
Nineteenth-century European literatures witnessed the move from classical to modern writing (Barthes). Whereas the novel as a popular form of modern writing represented the national character of core

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Throughout the world, Eastern European critical theory is enjoying a moderate, yet exciting, resurgence. From its oppositional roots in praxis philosophy and critical sociology, this diffuse and


Abstract The idea of “literary democracy” can be traced back to the early twentieth century, which this article does by looking initially at the work of Georg Lukács. His distinctly humanist view of

The Citizen’s Progress: Irony, Agency, and the Evolution of the Bildungsroman in Américo Paredes’s George Washington Gómez

From the moment of its belated publication, (1) the formal unorthodoxies of Americo Paredes's George Washington Gomez have captured the attention of its readers and critics. In his introduction to

Toward a Theory of the Megatext: Speculative Criticism and Richard Grossman’s “Breeze Avenue Working Paper”

This chapter proposes that the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have seen the emergence of a new transmedia form: the megatext. Megatexts are unreadably large yet concrete aesthetic