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The Theory of the Novel by Georg Lukacs
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The Theory of the Novel

by Georg Lukacs

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Although Lukacs disavowed parts of this book late in his life, it is still a significant contribution to systematic studies of the novel as a genre. Lukacs essentially proposes that the novel has become the epic of the modern world, except that where the classical epic depends on a world that is essentially unified, the novel describes a world that is fragmented. Hence, its condition is one of "transcendental homelessness," and its dominant mode is irony. Powerful readings of Dante, Cervantes, Goethe, and Tolstoy. ( )
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