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By John Rodden

ISBN-10: 0292756089

ISBN-13: 9780292756083

ISBN-10: 1477312234

ISBN-13: 9781477312230

Between Self and Society explores the psychosocial dramas that provoke six significant British novels written among the eighteenth and 20th centuries. The ebook demanding situations an influential false impression that has for too lengthy hindered appreciation of the mental novel. John Rodden argues that there can be no simplifying antithesis among mental, “inner” conflicts (within the brain or “soul”) and institutional, “outer” conflicts (within relations, type, community). in its place, it's the overarching, dramatic—yet frequently tortuous—relations among self and society that call for our recognition. Rodden provides clean interpretations of an eclectic team of prose fiction classics, together with Tobias Smollett’s The Adventures of Roderick Random, William Godwin’s Caleb Williams, Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, Ford Madox Ford’s The solid Soldier, Wyndham Lewis’s Tarr, and D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love.

Far from being only admirable experiments, not to mention bold even though attention-grabbing disasters, those fictions are proven to own aesthetic harmony, stylistic consistency, and psychic strength. Between Self and Society hence impels our cautious reconsideration of novels that signify significant inventive achievements, but were both unjustly ignored or preferred in restricting ways in which do injustice to their mental points. Rodden’s shiny dialogue invitations an upward revaluation of those works and encourages the whole reputation in their worth and value in British literary history.

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