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In the Company of Strangers: Family and Narrative in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce, and Proust

Barry McCrea


This book shows how a reconception of family and kinship underlies the revolutionary experiments of the modernist novel. While stories of marriage and long-lost relatives were a mainstay of classic Victorian fiction, the book suggests that rival countercurrents within these family plots set the stage for the formal innovations of Joyce and Proust. Tracing the challenges to the family plot mounted by figures such as Fagin, Sherlock Holmes, Leopold Bloom, and Charles Swann, the book tells the story of how bonds generated by chance encounters between strangers come to take over the role of organi ... More

Keywords: family, kinship, modern novel, marriage, narrative potential, classic Victorian fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780231157636
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry McCrea, author
Yale University

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