Following the model of his hugely popular Literary Theory: An Introduction, Terry Eagleton starts by distilling the essentials of the theory of the novel, summarizing what has been written on the genre by a range of prominent theorists. There then follows a series of chapters on major novelists, including Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce. Each chapter discusses the major works of the author in question, outlines the relevant historical context, and draws out common themes.
The English Novel is an ideal introduction for students of English literature or for general readers....Continua
Like his masterpiece Literary Theory: An Introduction, Terry Eagleton presents a succinct and significantly critical account of English novel from Robinson Crusoe to Harry Porter, yet concluding with a bleak picture of the decline of English novel since the Second World War....Continua