Aspects of the Novel is a collection of lectures by novelist E. M. Forster. The ideas articulated in his lectures would gain widespread recognition and currency in twentieth century criticism.Aspects of the Novel discusses the difference between round and flat characters, story and plot, the characteristics of prophetic fiction, and narrative chronology. Throughout, Forster draws on his extensive readings in English, French and Russian literature, and discusses his ideas in reference to such figures as Joyce, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, James, Sterne, Defoe and Proust.A landmark in literary criticism, Aspects of the Novel has also provoked its fair share of disagreement. There are many critics who take issue with Forster's method as well has his conclusions, but the extent to which this work has come under attack is in many ways just another measure of its vitality.
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June 30, 2010
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