Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Book On Mordecai Richler's Early To Middle Novesl

Starting from the premise that form and content are one - intrinsically related ways of speaking of the same thing - I argue that "world" best encapsulates that unity. I use this concept to explore the worlds of Richler's early and middle novels, tracing the parallels between changing themes and changing forms. This essay ends with a critical treatment of St. Urbain's Horseman, in which Richler ends on a heavily qualified, optimistic note, as Jake Hersh finds some meaning and value.

Key Words: Mordecai Richler, literary criticism, interpretation, The Acrobats, Son Smaller Hero, Choice of Enemies, Duddy Kravitz, Incomparable Atuk, St. Urbain's Horseman, literary theory

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