Universitatea „Babeș-Bolyai” din Cluj-Napoca, Facultatea de Litere; Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Letters
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One Theory’s Underdog Is Another Theory’s Treasure:
The Novelistic Genre in Different Regimes of Relevance
My paper aims to present, by means of a metacritical approach, the many shifts and negotiations in the history of understanding and defining the status of the novel as a literary genre, as they are retraced by Galin Tihanov in his latest book The Birth and Death of Literary Theory. Interwoven with many other aspects of Russian literary theory that reverberated within the present paradigm of comparative studies and helped shape the principal framework of world literature, Galin Tihanov’s critical assumptions on the numerous trials regarding the novelistic genre in the Russian theoretical undertakings are of tremendous relevance for a field of study that engages, more than ever, in cracking the many codes of the novelistic world canon.
Keywords: Galin Tihanov, novel, genre theory, Russian theory, world literature.
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