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Remembered Words: Essays on Genre, Realism, and Emblems

Alastair Fowler


This text is a collection of chapters on genre, realism, and the emblem (three interrelated subjects), published over six decades. It offers a way to arrive at a sense of how approaches to these subjects have changed over that period. Specifically, it shows how genre has come to be understood in terms of family resemblance theory. The book argues that realism can be seen as altering historically, so that Renaissance realism, for example, differs from those of later periods. Similar changes are traced in the emblem, which the text shows to be not only a particular genre, but an element of vario ... More

Keywords: genre, realism, emblem, family resemblance theory, Renaissance realism, metaphors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198856979
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198856979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair Fowler, author
Regius Professor Emeritus of English Literature, University of Edinburgh