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Realism, Form, and Representation in the Edwardian Novel: Synthetic Realism

Charlotte Jones


‘The real represents to my perception the things that we cannot possibly not know, sooner or later, in one way or another,’ wrote Henry James in 1907. This description, riven with double negatives, hesitation, and uncertainty, encapsulates the epistemological difficulties of realism, for underlying its narrative and descriptive apparatus as an aesthetic mode lies a philosophical quandary. What grounds the ‘real’ of the realist novel? What kind of perception is required to validate the experience of reality? How does the realist novel represent the difficulty of knowing? What comes to the fore ... More

Keywords: realism, realist, Edwardian, philosophy, aesthetics, genre, Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, Ford Madox Ford, May Sinclair, Arnold Bennett

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857921
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Jones, author
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Queen Mary University of London

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