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In Ideology & Fiction: Resisting Novels, Professor Lennard Davis argues that the novel - a historical, distinct literary form - is fundamentally defensive and ideological. As such, Davis suggests, the novel is not necessarily worthy of the "unreflective praise" that society normally bestows upon it. Instead, the form should be recognized as mass media and "resisted" as an agent of larger social and political progressions (markedly Freudian and Marxist in color) towards narcissism, objectification, and reification.



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