Thornton, Bernard Christopher Buchanan
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The work is situated in a literary and theoretical context by working with the concepts of authenticity and realism, and within that the story/world distinction. The literary context is examined in terms of realism, naturalism, and the novel of character or psychological novel. The associated research is then discussed. Finally, the novel’s societal context is analysed in terms of some prevailing philosophical views and the existing socio-political structure.