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By Dominic Head

The modernist interval observed a revolution in fictional perform, such a lot famously within the paintings of novelists comparable to Joyce and Woolf. Dominic Head exhibits that the quick tale, with its specific tension on literary artifice, was once a crucial website for modernist innovation. operating opposed to a traditional method and in the direction of a extra rigourous and complicated concept of the style, utilizing a framework drawn from Althusser and Bakhtin, he examines the fast story's diversity of formal results, corresponding to the disunifying functionality of ellipsis and ambiguity. Separate chapters on Joyce, Woolf and Katherine Mansfield spotlight their suggestions of formal dissonance, regarding a clash of voices in the narrative. eventually, Dominic Head's tough end takes the results of his research into the age of postmodernism.

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