Chance and the Modern British Novel

It is indeed possible to argue that my chosen period represents a high point of chance: deterministic modes of thinking are again perhaps on the rise, and chaos theory and its influence on the systems novel of the 1980s and 1990s is ...

Chance and the Modern British Novel

Chance, and its representation in literature, has a long and problematic history. It is a vital aspect of the way we experience the world, and yet its function is frequently marginalised and downplayed. Offering a new reading of the development of the novel during the mid-twentieth century, Jordan argues that this simple novelistic paradox became more pressing during a period in which chance became a cultural, scientific and literary preoccupation - through scientific developments such as quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle, the influence of existential philosophy, the growth of gambling, and the uncertainty provoked by the Second World War. In tracing the novel's representation of chance during this crucial period, we see both the development of the novel, and draw wider conclusions about the relationship between narrative and the contingent, the arbitrary and the uncertain. While the novel had historically rejected, marginalised or undermined chance, during this period it becomes a creative and welcome co-contributor to the novel's development, as writers such as Samuel Beckett, B.S. Johnson, Henry Green and Iris Murdoch show.

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A Mere Chance: A Novel. Vol. 2
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Ada Cambridge
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-12-02 - Publisher: Litres

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A Mere Chance: A Novel. Vol. 1
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Ada Cambridge
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-12-02 - Publisher: Litres

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A Mere Chance: A Novel. Vol. 3
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Ada Cambridge
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-12-02 - Publisher: Litres

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Chance - 101 Amazing Facts You Didn't Know
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: G Whiz
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-12 - Publisher: GWhizBooks.com

Did you know it was at the young age of 9 or 10 when Kem Nunn first learned to surf and became fascinated by the sport? Or, did you know the inspiration behind the book "Chance" came from his love for California and a neuropsychiatrist friend? What are the amazing
One More Last Chance (A Place to Call Home Book #2)
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Cathleen Armstrong
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-29 - Publisher: Revell

Sarah Cooley has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason--because it doesn't change. After an engagement gone bad with a man who wanted to change everything about her, Sarah is more than ready for the town whose motto may as well be, "If it ain't broke, don't