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David Lodge
Martin, Bruce K., 1941-
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New York : Twayne, [1999]

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xvii, 188 pages ; 23 cm.
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Discusses Lodge as a major figure in contemporary British and American letters. Playwright and fiction novelist, he authored "The British Museum is Falling Down."

Author Notes

Bruce K. Martin is professor of English and Endowment Professor of Humanities at Drake University

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Martin's astute, thorough book covers Lodge's autobiographical novels, which concentrated on postwar crises; academic comedies (often confused with the work of Malcolm Bradbury); early works on Catholicism; and valuable discussions of literary theory. Martin (Drake Univ.) is especially good at balancing facile remarks about Lodge's comic gifts with his novels' serious undercurrents, as in the "orderly" Ginger You're Barmy (1962). In his fifth novel, Changing Places (1975), Lodge first revealed the "attitudes and techniques" that came to characterize his satiric fiction: e.g., the use of myth in Small World (1984), "societal connectedness" in Nice Work (1988). With regard to Lodge's criticism, Martin also shows how Lodge sought a "theory of fiction," ranging from his early interest in new criticism to structuralism. The Roman Catholic novels, treated separately, show how Lodge--a self-styled "agnostic Catholic"--had an affinity for Catholic writers (Joyce), converts (Greene, Waugh, Spark), and issues (notably birth control) and forms of religious commitment challenging his Catholic characters. Lodge's recent essays and books treat the influence of such English realistic writers as Austen, Fielding, and Sterne. A balanced, perceptive analysis. Highly recommended for all academic collections. P. Schlueter; Warren County Community College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
Chapter 1 Postwar England and the Autobiographical Impulsep. 1
Chapter 2 Academic Comedy and the Central Stylep. 22
Chapter 3 Literary Theory and Criticismp. 70
Chapter 4 Novels about Catholics and Catholicismp. 90
Chapter 5 Postacademic Developmentsp. 128
Conclusionp. 164
Notes and Referencesp. 169
Selected Bibliographyp. 176
Indexp. 181