Convention and Innovation in Literature

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| University of Leiden, University of Oldenburg, University of Utrecht
| University of Leiden, University of Oldenburg, University of Utrecht
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This work is a critical evaluation of the concepts of convention and innovation as applied in the study of changing literary values, hierarchies and canons. Two approaches are analyzed: (1) the linking of convention and the subject's awareness of convention, and (2) systems theory. The merits of both approaches are discussed and an attempt is made to combine them and to regard systems of literary communication primarily as systems of conventions. Specific cases of changing conventions and innovation are illustrated with examples from the field of versification (Rimbaud), reception studies (Puskin, Goethe, George Eliot), the dichotomy of forgetting/remembering (Nietzsche, Proust), avant-garde, the American dream, and popular genres assimilated in Postmodernism.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The decline and rise of convention
Theo D’haen, Rainer Grübel and Helmut Lethen
vii
The concept of convention in literary theory and empirical research
Douwe W. Fokkema †
1
Genre: A modest proposal
Jaap Oversteegen
17
The dynamics of the system: Convention and innovation in literary history
André Lefevere
37
Literary convention and translated literature
Raymond Van den Broeck
57
Cristal et Clarie: A novel romance?
Keith Busby
77
The well-tempered lady and the unruly horse: Convention and submerged metaphor in renaissance literature and art
B. Westerweel
105
The shaking walls of convention: Popular sentimentalism and Hemrich von Kleist’s first tale
Joachim von der Thüsen
123
Innovation or confirmation of the norm? Goethe’s Werther in Holland 1775–1800
Joost J. Kloek
151
Folk-tale and novel: On the development of Russian prose fiction
S. Brouwer
165
Convention and innovation of aesthetic value: The Russian reception of Aleksandr Puškin
Rainer Grübel
181
A note on convention and innovation: The “Odes” of John Keats
A. Fry
225
Romanticism unmasked: Lexical irony in Aleksandr Puškin’s Evgenij Onegin
Melchior de Wolff
235
The tribulations of the Alexandrine in the work of Rimbaud: A contest between innovation and convention
Jacques Plessen
253
Rudolf Borchardt: Poetry and tradition
J. Enklaar-Langendijk
273
Innovative use of commedia dell’arte-elements in A. Blok’s The Fairground Booth
J.M. Stelleman
293
The rhetoric of forgetting: Brecht and the historical avant-garde
Helga Geyer-Ryan and Helmut Lethen
305
Literature of displacement: René Harding rejects George Eliot
P.J. de Voogd
349
Convention and innovation in British fiction 1981–1984: The contemporaneity of magic realism
Richard Todd
361
The convention of the new beginning in Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast
Hans Bertens
389
Genre conventions in postmodern fiction
Theo D’haen
405
Notes on the contributors
421
Index
425
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
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