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Comic Faith: The Great Tradition from Austen to Joyce
by Robert M. Polhemus
University of Chicago Press, 1980
Paper: 978-0-226-67321-9 | Cloth: 978-0-226-67320-2
Library of Congress Classification PR868.C63P6
Dewey Decimal Classification 823.03

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"Polhemus sketches several distinctions between nineteenth- and twentieth-century novelists and concludes that what most characterizes the nineteenth century, from the perspective of the twentieth, is the tendency in its comic fiction to criticize and to undermine the dogma and institutions of religion and to put faith instead of the existence of the comic perspective. Comic Faith is a virtuoso performance of impressive stature; I suspect the book will be influential for many years to come."—John Halperin, Modern Fiction Studies

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