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The Form of American Romance

Originally published in 1988. Edgar Dryden challenges recent criticism that has tended to discredit—or at least devalue—the importance of "romance" as a thematic and generic category of American fiction. In The Form of American Romance, he examines its evolution and meaning through readings of five exemplary texts: Hawthorne's Marble Faun, Melville's Pierre, James's Portrait of a Lady, Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, and Barth's Letters. Each of these novels treats the problems of reading and writing in a self-referential way that reflects on the questions they dramatize, and Dryden has chosen each with the others in mind. Taken together, they chart a line of development with representative examples of what literary history calls romanticism, realism, modernism, and postmodernism, and thus they suggest a certain story about the continuity of the American novel.

About the Author

Edgar A. Dryden is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Arizona. He also taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Reviews

"Dryden augments his own imaginative insights with concepts drawn from Derrida, Barthes, and Ortega y Gasset to provide an original and illuminative treatment of the 'form' of the romance novel in American tradition."

- South Atlantic Review
Johns Hopkins University Press
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