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Title: Tristram Shandy and the Irish: An Ancestry of the ‘Odd’
Authors: Murphy, Neil
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Neil Murphy, "Tristram Shandy and the Irish: An Ancestry of the ‘Odd’", in: Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniere, XVIII (2013), Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2013, pp. 5-21
Series/Report no.: Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniere
XVIII (2013)
Samuel Johnson’s famous dismissal of Sterne’s "Tristram Shandy" (“Nothing odd will do long. Tristram Shandy did not last.”) might well be one of the most short-sighted critical claims in literary history. In recent years, Sterne’s novel has been successfully adapted as a film and as a graphic novel and has been repeatedly cited as a major influence on Modernism and Postmodernism, a forerunner to the major metafictional texts of the Twentieth Century, and Calvino’s claim that "Tristram Shandy" is the “undoubted progenitor of all avant-garde novels of our century,” offers an indication of the value in which it is held among many experimental fiction writers. This paper will present a case that it is precisely Tristram Shandy’s ‘oddness’ that has ensured its place in an alternative novelistic tradition in Europe, a tradition that finds ample correspondence with the non-realist tradition in the history of the Irish novel, a tradition that has formal and philosophical dissonance at its centre.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1123-2684
eISSN: 2039-8646
DOI: 10.13137/2039-8646/10436
Appears in Collections:2013 / 18 Prospero. Rivista di letterature e culture straniere

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