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David Lodge`s Literary Criticism

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in english literature, literature and language


David John Lodge was born on January 28 , 1935 , in London ‘s lower-middle-class East End , the only son of a musician father and a staunchly Catholic mother . The family ‘s straitened economic situation his conservative Catholic upbringing , and the dangers of wartime London left their mark on young David . He began his first novel (unpublished at eighteen while still a student at University College , London , where he received his B .A . in English (with first honors ) in 1955 and an M .A in 1959 . Between times Lodge performed what was then [banner_entry_middle]

an obligatory National Service (1955-1957 . Although the two years were in a sense wasted , his stint in the army did give him time to complete his first published novel , The Picturegoers , and material for his second , Ginger You ‘re Barmy , as well as the impetus to continue his studies . In 1959 he married to Mary Frances Jacob they had three children . After a year working as an assistant at the British Council , Lodge joined the faculty at the University of Birmingham , where he completed his Ph .D . in 1969 he eventually attained the position of full professor of modern English literature in 1976

The mid-1960 ‘s proved an especially important period in Lodge ‘s personal and professional life . He became close friends with fellow critic and novelist Malcolm Bradbury (then also at Birmingham , under whose influence Lodge wrote his first comic novel , The British Museum Is Falling Down , for which the publisher , not so comically , forgot to distribute review copies he was awarded a Harkness Commonwealth Fellowship to study and travel in the United States for a year (1964-1965 he published his first critical study , the influential The Language of Fiction (1966 and he learned that his third child Christopher , suffered from Down syndrome (a biographical fact that manifests itself obliquely at the end of Out of the Shelter and more overtly in one of the plots of How Far Can You Go . Lodge ‘s second trip to the United States , this time as visiting professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 , during the height of the Free Speech Movement and political unrest , played its part in the conceiving and writing of his second comic novel , Changing Places , as did the critical essays he was then writing and would later collect in The Novelist at the Crossroads (1971 ) and Working with Structuralism (1981 . The cash award that went along with the Whitbread Prize for his next novel , How Far Can You Go , enabled Lodge to reduce his teaching duties to half-year and to devote himself more fully to his writing . He transformed his participation in the Modern Language Association ‘s 1978 conference in New York , the 1979 James Joyce Symposium in Zurich , and a three-week world tour of conferences and British Council speaking engagements into his most commercially successful book , Small World later adapted for British television

His reputation growing and his financial situation brightening , Lodge donated all royalties from his next book… [banner_entry_footer]

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