In the current controversy about what has become of the British novel, Ihab Hassan suggests that it has rejected the influence of James Joyce and modernism, ignoring innovations in the novel between 1919 and 1945. Morton Levitt has criticized what he calls "the stereotyped, debilitated British novel of the last forty years," and Terry Eagleton has written his own novel as a dismissal of the British novels published in the recent decade. When asked specifically whether this negative view of the British novel applies to Iris Murdoch, Eagleton and Levitt have each answered yes.



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