Margaret Drabble World Literature Analysis - Essay

Margaret Drabble World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Drabble admires the experimental methods of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook (1962), and Drabble’s own prose occasionally owes something to the stream-of-consciousness methods pioneered by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, but she has not been known as an experimenter in her own work. She prefers not to use chapter divisions, using spaces to indicate changes of location or action. The nearest thing to unconventional method occurs in the early novel The Waterfall (1969). The novel opens with third-person narration but then switches to first-person narration by the central character; thereafter, the two methods alternate. On the whole, however, Drabble’s fiction is in an older tradition. She has been compared...

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