Aspects of the Novel Summary & Study Guide

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Introduction

In an introductory chapter, Forster establishes the ground rules for his discussion of the English novel. He defines the novel simply - according to M. Abel Chevalley in Le Roman Anglais de notre temps, as "a fiction in prose of a certain extent." He goes on to define English literature as literature written in the English language, regardless of the geographic location or origin of the author. Most importantly, Forster makes clear that this discussion will not be concerned with historical matters, such as chronology, periodization, or development of the novel. He makes clear that "time, all the way through, is to be our enemy." Rather, he wishes to imagine the world's great novelists from throughout history sitting side by side in a circle, in "a sort of British Museum reading room - all writing their novels simultaneously." Finally, he acknowledges the intended ambiguity of the phrase...

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