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The Resource The art of Frank Norris, storyteller, Barbara Hochman

The art of Frank Norris, storyteller, Barbara Hochman

Label
The art of Frank Norris, storyteller
Title
The art of Frank Norris, storyteller
Statement of responsibility
Barbara Hochman
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Over the past twenty years, critics have increasingly challenged the conventional wisdom on Frank Norris as an exponent of literary naturalism. In the present study, Barbara Hochman goes still further in redefining his affinities. She focuses on his artistry as a storyteller, and on his overriding concern with human contact and the functions of aesthetic form. Hochman begins by considering traditional approaches to Norris. She notes thin although the rhetoric of the narrative voice' and the pattern of events in his fiction made Norris's work seem to fit neatly into the naturalist category, his four major novels- Vandover and the Brute, McTeague, The Octopus, and The Pit- lend themselves to very different readings. Hochman argues that the imaginative focus of Norris's work centers on the vulnerability of the self and its quest for a measure of equilibrium. She shows how Norris's work increasingly depicts constructive individual responses to experience, and the stabilizing power of memory, language, and art. These concerns are seen to account for the enduring vitality of Norris's work, and for the popularity it enjoyed in its own time."--
  • "Over the past twenty years, critics have increasingly challenged the conventional wisdom on Frank Norris as an exponent of literary naturalism. In the present study, Barbara Hochman goes still further in redefining his affinities. She focuses on his artistry as a storyteller, and on his overriding concern with human contact and the functions of aesthetic form. Hochman begins by considering traditional approaches to Norris. She notes thin although the rhetoric of the narrative voice' and the pattern of events in his fiction made Norris's work seem to fit neatly into the naturalist category, his four major novels- Vandover and the Brute, McTeague, The Octopus, and The Pit- lend themselves to very different readings. Hochman argues that the imaginative focus of Norris's work centers on the vulnerability of the self and its quest for a measure of equilibrium. She shows how Norris's work increasingly depicts constructive individual responses to experience, and the stabilizing power of memory, language, and art. These concerns are seen to account for the enduring vitality of Norris's work, and for the popularity it enjoyed in its own time." --
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  • Book jacket
  • Book jacket
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DLC
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Hochman, Barbara
Dewey number
813/.4
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS2473
LC item number
.H6 1988
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Norris, Frank
  • Psychological fiction, American
  • Self in literature
Label
The art of Frank Norris, storyteller, Barbara Hochman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 140-145
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Norris's Dubious Naturalism -- The Power of the Word -- Vandover and the Brute:The Failure of Memory and Art -- Loss, Habit, Obsession:The Governing Dynamic of McTeague -- The Language of Recovery:Word and Symbol in The Octopus -- Coming of Age in The Pit -- Afterword: A Parting Glance
Control code
16524560
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
149 pages
Isbn
9780826206633
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
87019201
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1117162
Label
The art of Frank Norris, storyteller, Barbara Hochman
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 140-145
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Norris's Dubious Naturalism -- The Power of the Word -- Vandover and the Brute:The Failure of Memory and Art -- Loss, Habit, Obsession:The Governing Dynamic of McTeague -- The Language of Recovery:Word and Symbol in The Octopus -- Coming of Age in The Pit -- Afterword: A Parting Glance
Control code
16524560
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
149 pages
Isbn
9780826206633
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
87019201
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1117162

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