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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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The Future of the Novel and Public Criticism in Mid-Century America

The Future of the Novel and Public Criticism in Mid-Century America

(p.566) 35 The Future of the Novel and Public Criticism in Mid-Century America
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Paula Rabinowitz

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the future of the American novel and the forms of its public criticism in the mid-twentieth-century. It begins by considering Henry James's predictions about the shape of the twentieth-century novel before turning to a discussion of Gertrude Stein's interest in the limits of the paragraph and in their combinatory qualities. It also analyzes the views of D. H. Lawrence and William Carlos Williams about the form of literary criticism that would dominate the interwar years.

Keywords:   novel, public criticism, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, D. H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, literary criticism

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