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date: 15 August 2020

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This article examines the forms of modernist narratives and attempts to coordinate micro-analyses of form as a way of telling a macro-historical story of key narrative transformations. It suggests that modernist fiction progresses neatly in a series of stages, with each new step outmoding previous advances. The article also highlights the connections between techniques that show writers reaching back in time even while setting fresh goals, a dialectic between tradition and experiment which helps us to correct the notion that fiction can be modernist only if it proves itself to be unprecedented.

Keywords: modernist narratives, narrative forms, modern fiction, narrative transformations, literary history

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