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The Lives of the Novel:
A History
Thomas G. Pavel

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface ix
Introduction 1
Part One The Highest Ideals 21
Chapter 1 Strong Souls, Degrees of Perfection 23
The Ancient Greek Novel 23
Chivalric Novels 35
Chapter 2 Helpless Souls, Tricksters, and Rascals 51
Interlude The Ideographic Method 72
Chapter 3 The Center of Action: Elegiac Stories and Novellas 74
Chapter 4 An Isolated Realm, Hesitant Lovers: The Pastoral 91
Chapter 5 Don Quixote and the History of the Novel 107
Part Two The Enchantment of Interiority 117
Chapter 6 The New Idealism 119
Chapter 7 Resistance to New Idealism 135
Play and Laughter 135
Sublime Terror 147
Chapter 8 Love: Romantic and Impossible 152
Part Three The Roots of Greatness 167
Chapter 9 Novels and Society 169
Chapter 10 From Sensitive Hearts to Enigmatic Psyches 199
Chapter 11 Syntheses, High Points 226
Part Four The Art of Detachment 263
Chapter 12 Loners in a Strange World 265
Envoi 297
Reading List 301
Debts 313
Index 319

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