By David Lodge
The place do novelists get their 'ideas' from? How do they increase an idea right into a narrative with a selected and person shape? How some distance is the reception of a piece of fiction conditioned via elements outdoor the writer's control?
within the first a part of this publication, in revealing and infrequently fun memory, David resort strains the historical past of his contemporary novel approximately Henry James, writer, writer, from the first actual point out of the fundamental concept in his computer, in the course of the strategies of analysis and writing, to the e-book and reception of the completed booklet, which used to be adversely tormented by the looks of one other novel at the comparable topic a few six months prior. those weren't the single novels encouraged by means of Henry James in move within the yr 2004, a phenomenon which hotel sees with hindsight as 'a accident ready to happen', with ironic effects that the grasp himself may have invented.
The essays within the moment half pursue the topics of genesis, composition and reception within the paintings of different novelists. There are reviews of key works by way of James himself, H.G.Wells, Vladimir Nabokov, J.M.Coetzee and Umberto Eco, and essays at the literary resources of Graham Greene's mind's eye and on an important anthology of the 'Best of younger American Novelists'. jointly the contents of this ebook throw an excellent mild at the dominant literary type of the final centuries, in its dual elements as murals and commodity.
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More importantly, Marcel Jousse, the Jesuit priest and scholar, who had been reared in a residually oral peasant milieu in France and who spent most of his adult life in the Middle East soaking up its oral culture, had sharply differentiated the oral composition in such cultures from all written composition. Jousse (1925) had styled oral cultures and the personality structures they produced verbomoteur (‘Verbomotor’—regrettably, Jousse’s work has not been translated into English; see Ong 1967b, pp.
A hunter can see a buffalo, smell, taste, and touch a buffalo when the buffalo is completely inert, even dead, but if he hears a buffalo, he had better watch out: something is going on. In this sense, all sound, and especially oral utterance, which comes from inside living organisms, is ‘dynamic’. The fact that oral peoples commonly and in all likelihood universally consider words to have magical potency is clearly tied in, at least unconsciously, with their sense of the word as necessarily spoken, sounded, and hence power-driven.
490). Havelock’s Preface to Plato (1963) has extended Parry’s and Lord’s findings about orality in oral epic narrative out into the whole of ancient oral Greek culture and has shown convincingly how the beginnings of Greek philosophy were tied in with the restructuring of thought brought about by writing. Plato’s exclusion of poets from his Republic was in fact Plato’s rejection of the pristine aggregative, paratactic, oral-style thinking perpetuated in Homer in favor of the keen analysis or dissection of the world and of thought itself made possible by the interiorization of the alphabet in the Greek psyche.
The Year of Henry James: The Story of a Novel by David Lodge