The Later Realism: A Study of Characterization in the British Novel

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CHAPTER IV
THE MORE PICTORIAL ELEMENTS IN RECENT CHARACTERIZATION

1. INTRODUCTORY: THE ELEMENTS BOTH "IMAGEAL" AND "NON-IMAGEAL"

If the evidence in the preceding chapter has not been misinterpreted, extra-realism is yet realism. There is decided confirmation of this view if study be made of details in the characterizations used to instance extrarealism. Actuality is as strongly evident as is the poetic or the romantic, or the metaphysical. Concerning this actuality there is a vast deal to be said even if it be investigated no farther than the point at which the extrarealistic qualities appear; there is also something to be said of the exact manner in which the latter become manifest.

By 1914 Henry James had remarked concerning "the new novel": ". . . . an appetite for closer notation, a sharper specification of the signs of life, of consciousness of the human scene and the human subject in general, than the three or four generations before us had been at all moved to insist on."1

Here, in brief, is the text for this and the subsequent chapter -- a study of developments in the materials composing realistic characterizations. The important word here is "materials"; a study of the whole technique of character-portrayal, that is, a study of the methods of

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Notes on Novelists, p. 321.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I - Preliminaries 1
  • Chapter II - Influences Shaping the Later Realism 22
  • Chapter III - General Aspects of Recent Characterization 58
  • Chapter IV - The More Pictorial Elements In Recent Characterization 94
  • Chapter V - The Less Imageal Elements 123
  • Chapter VI - Conclusion 161
  • Bibliography 163
  • Index 167
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