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Studying the Novel: An Introduction (Studying...Series) [Paperback]

Jeremy Hawthorn
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3 Aug 2001 Studying...Series
How do literary critics distinguish between 'story' and 'plot', or between a symbol and an image - or between 'tone' and 'mood'? How do we define 'realism', 'modernism', and 'postmodernism'? What do narrative theorists mean by 'frequency' and 'distance'? In the revised, expanded and updated fourth edition of this standard introduction to the novel, these questions and many others are answered in a way that is readable and entertaining without being simplistic.



Building on the huge success of previous editions, this new text for English undergraduates taking courses on the novel is much more user-friendly, with a more structured approach, chapter sumnmaries and information on study skills. It will also include a useful glossary of key terms.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Education; 4 edition (3 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340762241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340762240
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderful introduction to the novel...strongly recommended for 1st year English students. The book provides an excellent beginners' guide to the different 'types' of novels and is an excellent easy reference to the study of English Literature. Hawthorn uses everyday language to explain a lot of the very difficult concepts that need to be mastered by the new university student or anyone hoping to read further about the intricacies of the novel. This book is invaluable: of the many, many books I bought during my three years at University, this was the one that I was most glad I read. (Angela Simpson, Birmingham, UK on amazon.co.uk)

First published in 1985, [the third edition] continues to be a text which could usefully be recommended to all students of literature...a model of succinct explication. (The Lecturer)

An approach to studying the novel that is both erudite and easy to follow. (Teaching English)

A model of compact exposition. (The Times Educational Supplement)

About the Author

Jeremy Hawthorn is Professor of Modern British Literature, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to the novel 15 Jun 1999
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This is strongly recommended for first year English students.
The book provides an excellent beginners' reference guide to the different 'types' of novels and is an excellent easy reference guide to the study of English Literature.
Hawthorn uses every-day language to explain a lot of the very difficult concepts that need to be mastered by the new university student or anyone hoping to read further about the intricacies of the novel.
This is probably too detailed for the A-Level student and certainly there is not enough depth for the graduate student, but for the rest this book is invaluable.
Of the many, many reference works I bought during my three years at University, this was the one that I was most glad I read.
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I read a great deal of fiction, and wanted something that would give me more insight about how fiction - and novels in particular - work. I wanted something that assumes no background knowledge (my being a scientist by training) yet wasn't too simplistic. This book almost fitted the bill. It covers the history of the novel, different types of genre, criticism, how to read and write critiques, and how to analyse fiction (e.g. in terms of plot, dialogue, symbolism, and so on). There is also a reasonable - and for a change, accessible - coverage of postmodern approaches to the novel. The book is geared towards first-year English literature students but that wasn't a problem for me. My reservations about the book are: (a) occasionally I found things weren't explained in enough detail, or assumed too much prior knowledge; (b) most of all, I would have liked many more examples.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 5 July 2007
Format:Paperback
I am starting the Open University's A210 "Approaching Literature" and this books delivers what I need in order to start working on novels - clear, concise, and most of all very useful for students in Literature!

Highly recommended.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable book 6 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
Strongly recommended for first year English students. I was studying English Literature, and many University's run a similar module - focusing on the novel and how it began.

Hawthorn provides an great beginners' guide to different novels, and is easy to reference.

The book is accessible, using every-day language explaining a lot of the difficult concepts that need to be understood by the freshers/university students or anyone hoping to read further about the details of the novel.

A level students may find this too advanced, and graduates too simple, but the undergraduate student will find this book an invaluable purchase. Indeed, during my time at uni this was the book I used the most and found the most helpful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Understanding novel writing 28 Mar 2011
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Jeremy Hawthorn is a renowned author on the subject of novel writing. This book is an excellent text book for anyone who is studying novels, aspiring to be a writer or is writing their own novel. It provides the fundamental elements needed to understand how novels are written in plain easy to follow language. I was so impressed by this book I have added to my personal collection.

In this book Jeremy breaks down the writing fundamentals into categories, styles and structural techniques. He provides the background of writing without having the reader fall asleep reading. His description on analysis is pure and is quoted by many universities around the world. After completing this book, writing and reading novels becomes clearer, and more enjoyable.

I can truly recommend this book, one that will be well read and referenced for many years.
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