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The ‘Novel Of Ideas’ Is A Gimmick, But One That Sometimes Works

The form of “novel” is young, but its conventions are mostly clear – and the novel of ideas is different. “Whether executed as science fiction, bildungsroman, or more recently, the satirical form Nicholas Dames calls the ‘theory novel,’ the novel of ideas is ‘artful,’ with all the equivocality this term brings. Willingness to court the accusation of relying on overly transparent stylistic devices is a consistent, perhaps even cohering feature of a notoriously unstable genre.” – The Paris Review...
Tags: Art, Words, Nicholas Dames, 06.25.20

The Chapter: A History.

Back in 2014, Nicholas Dames wrote a New Yorker essay about something we generally take for granted, the division of books into chapters: The first authors who wrote in chapters were not storytellers. They were compilers of knowledge, either utilitarian or speculative, who used chapters as a way of organizing large miscellanies. Cato the Elder’s “De Agri Cultura” (“On Farming”), from the second century B.C.E., was organized in numbered units with titles; Pliny the Elder’s great compilation of Ro...
Tags: Europe, Church, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Jerome, John Locke, William Caxton, Laurence Sterne, Thomas Malory, Nicholas Dames, Stephen Langton, Fieldings, Ronald Firbank, Mabel Mabel Mabel Mabel Mabel Mabel Mabel Mabel, Mabel Mabel Mabel Mabel, Venedikt Erofeev