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Space, Time, and Structure in the Modern Novel

reviewed by Maxine Greene - 1973

coverTitle: Space, Time, and Structure in the Modern Novel
Author(s): Sharon Spencer
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In his introduction to The New Art, Gregory Battcock writes that "art is not merely a question of understanding, but of acceptance and response." Since people have so much to lose by facing up to the challenge of art, they will not—cannot—do so. Insecurity, intolerance, and reaction are all incompatible with art appreciation. Art is humanism and reality and, as such, cannot be seen accurately in terms of the past. At this point, responsible criticism becomes absolutely essential. Battcock is talking about painting; and the ordinary reader (recalling examples of abstract, minimal, pop, or conceptual art which have perplexed him) is likely to agree. If, however, the point were being made about literature, the same reader might find it difficult to summon up occasions when he was unable to face up to the challenge of a novel or a poem. One reason for this is that most people (including English teachers) have... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 4, 1973, p. 574-578
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1559, Date Accessed: 6/12/2021 7:25:45 AM

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