George Gissing:A Story of English Realism

Hutcheon, Rebecca (2020) George Gissing:A Story of English Realism. English Literature, 6. pp. 69-82. ISSN 2385-1635

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Abstract

George Gissing’s novels sit on the permeable boundary between the diegetic tendencies of 19th-century realism and the mimesis-dominated narratives of modernism. In his early novels, characters deliver barely disguised narratorial comments directly to the reader. But this form of realism is already strained. The self-awareness of Gissing’s art, manifesting in satire and irony, butts up against his research-led approach to writing. This article shows that what emerges in Gissing is a conflict between narrative intrusion, and the desire to displace authority and represent subjectivity at its broadest. This conflict is a synecdoche for proto-modernism.

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Journal Article
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English Literature
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142209
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11 Mar 2020 09:25
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Yes
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Published
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27 Mar 2020 04:33