Fiction and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory

2016.03.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ananta Ch. Sukla (ed.), Fiction and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory, Bloomsbury, 2015, 422pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2016.03.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ananta Ch. Sukla (ed.), Fiction and Art: Explorations in Contemporary Theory, Bloomsbury, 2015, 422pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781472575036. Reviewed by Anders Pettersson, Umeå University Apart from the editor's introduction and concluding note, this book contains 26 essays on a wide spectrum of subjects. The individual contributions are, on the whole, interesting and accessible; in some cases I find them excellent. That is all very much to Ananta Ch. Sukla's credit. At the same time, however, I cannot help thinking that his collection lacks focus. In his introduction Sukla quotes with sympathy Samuel Johnson's remarks about literary fiction, according to which fiction has the ability to exhibit life in its true state, picking up representative individuals and circumstances and polishing these diamonds by art until they "display that lustre which before was buried among common stones" (p. 1). Sukla comes back. . .

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