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The Novel Now Theoretical and Critical Reading

Selected Bibliography

There are many studies of the novel. However, only a few approach more contemporary novels. For many of the novels on the syllabus, critical materials are still scarce -- often critical reviews published in reputed newspapers and literary magazines can be very useful (though not always). Below is a sample list of critical studies of the novel that might be of general use and might be referred from time to time. This can also be accessed as a stable PDF here. Additional specific critical items on the novels assigned will be listed throughout the term here.


Bulson, Eric (ed), The Cambridge Companion to the Novel (2018)

Bradford, Richard, The Novel Now: Contemporary British Fiction (2007)

Cercas, Javier , The Blind Spot: An Essay on the Novel (2018)

Cogle, Jarrad, Jameson and Literature: The Novel, History, and Contemporary Reading Practices (2020)

Doody, Margaret Anne, The True Story of the Novel(1996)

Hawthorne, Jeremy, Studying the Novel: An Introduction (1985)

Hale, Dorothy J, The Novel: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism 1900 – 2000 (2006)

Hale, Dorothy J, The Novel and the New Ethics (2020)

Halperin, John, (ed.), The Theory of the Novel: New Essays (1974)

Hammond, Andrew, Ed. The Novel and Europe (2016)

Jameson, Fredric, The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act (1981)

Jameson, Fredric, A Singular Modernity: Essay on the Ontology of the Present (2002)

Jameson, Fredric, The Antinomies of Realism (2013)

Luk√°cs, Georg, The Theory of the Novel (1971)

Mander, Jenny, Remapping the Rise of the European Novel (2007)

Mazzoni, Guido Theory of the Novel (2017)

Moretti, Franco (ed) The Novel (2 Vols) (2006)

Moretti, Franco, An Atlas of the European Novel, 1800-1900 (1998)

Moretti, Franco, The Way of the World: The Bildungsroman in European Culture (1987)

Novel: A Forum on Fiction, (1967 -- )

Taylor-Collins, Judge for Yourself. Reading Hypercontemporary Literature and Book Prize Shortlists (2020)

Warwick Research Collective, Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature (2015)