The Study of a Novel

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D.C. Heath, 1905 - 317 pages
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Contents

The Paragraph
10
Minor Divisions
11
Prose and Verse 13 Dramatic and Nondramatic Form
13
STYLE
14
Nondramatic Form 15 Dialogic Form in General
15
Soliloquy and Monologue 17 Duologue
17
Group Conversation Conversation
18
Concerted Speech
19
Documentary Form in General
20
Epistolary Form
21
Syntax
22
Vocabulary
23
Phonology
24
Significance of Consecutive Structure
25
Sequence
26
The Principal Masses
27
Sequence of Dramatic and Nondramatic Masses
28
Beginning Middle and End 30 Movement and Situation
30
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The Scene
32
Episode
33
Lines of Interest
34
The Line of Emotion
35
Points
36
Mass in Momentum
37
The Rate of Movement
38
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Analysis of Simpler Narratives
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Necessity and Ideality of Narrative Plot
48
Action and Narration
49
CHARACTERIZATION SECTION
50
Story 46 Story and Plot
51
The Plot Proper
52
The Single Action
53
Sequence of Simple Narratives
56
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The Climax 52 The Catastrophe
58
Generalized Statement of Plot
59
Unity of Plot
60
Types of Plot
61
Motivation
62
Motivating Forces
63
The Narrator His Point of View
66
Temporal Point of View
67
Spatial Point of View 52 53 56
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Detailed Time Settings
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Circumstantial Settings
83
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Vague and Exact Settings
85
Natural Social and Socialized Settings
86
Author and Dramatis Personę
87
Distribution
88
Further Economy
89
Character Unfolding
90
CHAPTER V
91
Number
92
Chapter Distribution 78 Grouping in General
93
Successive Groups
94
Utterance
95
Foreground Middleground and Background Characters
96
Central Characters
97
Identity Individuality and Type
98
Association of Characters
99
Direct and Indirect Characterization
100
Relation to the Author
101
Reality and Ideality
102
Individuals and Types
104
Social Groups
105
Psychological Groups
107
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Objective and Subjective Aspects
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The Subject of the Novel 108 Sociology and History
132
Social Composition 110 Social Life
133
leality
134
Force
135
Other Qualities
136
Historical Period
138
Historical Interpretation
139
Individuality
140
The Individual and Society
142
Human Nature
143
Nature in Man 117 External Nature
144
The Supernatural
145
General Philosophy
147
The Main Theme
148
Personal Episode
152
National and Racial Influences
153
Linguistic Influence
154
Literary Influence
155
Historical Influence
156
Immediate Social Environment
157
Human Nature
158
The Influence of Nature
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The Sources
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The Essay
183
The Lyric
184
Journalism
185
Other Types of Literature
193
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CHAPTER XI
202
The Data 162 Time Distribution
203
Place Distribution
204
Influence upon Literature
205
Social Groups in General
207
Influence upon Individuals
208
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Conceptual Effect
213
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Prose and Poetry
219
Prose and Verse
220
The Short Story
221
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CHAPTER XIII
232
THE SHAPING FORCES
233
CHAPTER XIV
247
Language as External Material
248
The Value of Form 200 Individuality of a Work of
249
Unity General Design
250
Contrast
252
Proportion
253
The Comic and the Tragic
254
The Beautiful and the Unbeautiful
256
Artistic Truth
257
Artistic Illusion
258
Theories of
260
Theories of the Novel
262
Judgment of a Novel
263
Systematic Analysis of a Novel
265
Types of Prose Fiction
279
General Conception 148 The Data 149 Individuality of the Author 181 182 183
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The Epic
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Biography
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Page 261 - Art is a human activity, consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings, and also experience them.
Page 229 - If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter, — we never need read of another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications...
Page 143 - Just when I seemed about to learn! Where is the thread now? Off again! The old trick! Only I discern — Infinite passion and the pain Of finite hearts that yearn.
Page 80 - The golden ripple on the wall came back again, and nothing else stirred in the room. The old, old fashion! The fashion that came in with our first garments, and will last unchanged until our race has run its course, and the wide firmament is rolled up like a scroll. The old, old fashion — Death!
Page 293 - A novel is a large diffused picture, comprehending the characters of life, disposed in different groups, and exhibited in various attitudes, for the purposes of a uniform plan, and general occurrence, to which every individual figure is subservient. But this plan cannot be executed with propriety, probability, or success, without a principal personage to attract the attention, unite the incidents, unwind the clue of the labyrinth, and at last close...
Page 302 - The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.
Page 73 - ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost...
Page xii - To-day's brief passion limits their range; It seethes with the morrow for us and more. They are perfect — how else? they shall never change: We are faulty — why not ? we have time in store. The Artificer's hand is not arrested With us; we are rough-hewn, nowise polished: They stand for our copy, and, once invested With all they can teach, we shall see them abolished.
Page 291 - THERE remains to be treated of, another species of composition in prose, which comprehends a very numerous, though, in general, a very insignificant class of writings, known by the name of Romances and Novels.
Page 201 - Similarly, when I am reminded by any chance of what it was that the waves were always saying, I wander in my fancy for a whole winter night about the streets of Paris — as I really did, with a heavy heart, on the night when my little friend and I parted company for ever.

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