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The Doing and Undoing of Fiction: A Study of Joseph Andrews Helen Bartschi

The Doing and Undoing of Fiction: A Study of Joseph Andrews

Helen Bartschi

Published December 31st 1983
ISBN : 9783261033741
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Joseph Andrews is almost unanimously considered Fieldings apprentice piece in the art of novel-writing. Though specific features of the book have won its author wide acclaim, the work as a whole has often been called a failure. This study aims at aMoreJoseph Andrews is almost unanimously considered Fieldings apprentice piece in the art of novel-writing. Though specific features of the book have won its author wide acclaim, the work as a whole has often been called a failure. This study aims at a reassessment of Fieldings most -surrealist- novel. It focusses on its experimental mood, which relates it to Tristram Shandy and A Tale of a Tub, and to modern texts such as Alice in Wonderland and Joyces Ulysses. Marking the dawn of realistic fiction Joseph Andrews betrays an awareness of its own textuality which has come to be considered characteristic of modernist texts of the twentieth century.