By Tony E. Jackson
The relationship among speech and writing in human language has been a question of philosophical debate on account that antiquity. via plumbing the depths of this complicated dating, Tony E. Jackson explains how the expertise of alphabetic writing has decided the character of the fashionable novel.
Jackson's research starts off with the common human act of oral storytelling. whereas telling tales is prime to human event, writing isn't. but the unconventional, possibly greater than the other literary shape, relies on writing. in truth, as Jackson exhibits really truly, it really is writing instead of print that the majority shapes the varieties and contents of the genre.
Through outstanding new readings of works by means of Austen, Mary Shelley, Dickens, Forster, Woolf, Lessing, and McEwan, Jackson finds how the phenomena of speech and storytelling engage with the technological features of writing. He additionally explains how these interactions triggered the standard adjustments within the novel from its eighteenth-century beginnings to postmodernism and past. His claims, grounded in a modern realizing of human cognitive capacities and constraints, supply a clean interpretive method of all written literature.
An crucial textual content within the examine of the written be aware, The expertise of the Novel presents new insights into the evolving nature of 1 of the fashionable world's most well-liked narrative forms.