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New Readings of the American Novel

Narrative Theory and its Application

Peter Messent


Eight perennially popular novels appear regularly on American Literature courses. In this new edition of his acclaimed book, the author applies important theoretical approaches, including Genette, Barthes, Bakhtin and Reader Response criticism, to these key novels. Ideal for students new to narrative theory, this second edition is thoroughly updated in the light of recent developments in the field.

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About the Author

Peter Messent is a Reader in Modern American Literature at the University of Nottingham.


Essential reading in its totality for any core course in American literature.
- Ian Bell, Keele University