The social impact of the novel : a reference guide /

This new reference guide surveys 200 landmark novels that have made a notable impact on society or, more specifically, "the way individuals think and society acts." The novels are examined from a social and historical perspective, rather than a literary one, to show how they transformed society or c... Full description

Main Author: Johnson, Claudia D.
Other Authors: Johnson, Vernon E. 1921-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
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Summary: This new reference guide surveys 200 landmark novels that have made a notable impact on society or, more specifically, "the way individuals think and society acts." The novels are examined from a social and historical perspective, rather than a literary one, to show how they transformed society or changed readers' minds on important social issues. Entries are organized geographically by continent, and within the continent, alphabetically by country. Thirty different countries are represented, but the concentration is on novels that had an impact on Western thought. Novels had to be written in or translated into English for inclusion, but they do not have to be critically acclaimed (in fact, many were popular with the masses only). For each individual country, there is a time line of important social events to help place the literature that follows into perspective. Within specific countries, entries are arranged chronologically by date of publication.
Entries are typically between one and one-and-a-half pages. Most list the title, author, and date of publication; describe the historical context in which the work was written; and give an assessment of the public's reaction to the novel and its ultimate influence on society. Each entry concludes with a short "Additional Readings" list of monographs. Four reader aids are in the back of the book--author, title, geographical, and issues indexes. There is also an appendix of additional protest novels to facilitate further investigation
Physical Description: xvi, 393 p. ; 26 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
ISBN: 0313318182