The Modernist Genre Novel
Explores the modernist novel as a hybrid of experimental style and formulaic conventions of popular fiction, appealing to both literary critics and the mass audience. Earle teases out the complex, conflicted, and complicit relationship between modernist authors and the commercial marketplace, contending that despite their canonization as modernists, both Hemingway and Faulkner relied upon generic forms in their pursuit of economic success. Earle details the influence of the rise of American magazines on the composition of several of their novels. Includes discussions of The Sun Also Rises, To Have and Have Not, A Farewell to Arms and Faulkner’s If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem (1939) and Sanctuary (1931).
A History of the Modernist Novel