No Symbols where None Intended: Literary Essays from Laclos to Beckett
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In Nabokov's Lectures on Literature, he writes: "Style and structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash." The essays in No Symbols Where None Intended: Literary Essays from Laclos to Beckett use Nabokov's stylistic approach to well-known texts (fiction, drama and criticism) as a point of departure. Notions of style and structure link the three prose pieces discussed in the text, (Beckett, Smart, and Turgenev,) to the fiction and drama of Ibsen and Strindberg. Mark Axelrod joins a wide and deep conversation on writers on writing.
New York, NY
poetics, polyphonia, voice
English Language and Literature | Modern Literature
Axelrod, Mark. No Symbols where None Intended: Literary Essays from Laclos to Beckett. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.