Studiu de specialitate – Changes in the Form of the Modernist Novel

Autor: prof. Andrei Elena
Colegiul Economic Buzău

Introduction
The turn-of-the-century writers, whose works record the passage from the realist to the psychologically-oriented novel, agree that, if there should be a change in point of novel writing, this change should reside in a shift of focus from the description of the outer world to the representation of the inner world. This shift of interest is accompanied by an increased concern with the mechanisms of the art of writing.
Reseach results
The concept of art becomes central to the modern theory of the novel. The novelist is an artist, or a craftsman, whose condition of existence resides in his being capable of ‘speaking’, in expressing life through language. It is only by language that the artist can investigate and interpret outer and inner reality.
What gives the extent of a writer’s value is the power of seeing. The novelist is a keen observer endowed with imagination. To reach the status of the artist, the novelist should be in perfect control of the medium, of language and of form. Henry James theoretically expresses and practically proves by his novels that the novel represents a structure. Continuarea