Structure . . . is the public sense of a novel; an ideal, believed to be under-written by the structure of the universe--and fully embodied, therefore, in the culture of writer and reader. (118)

The study of the structure of the novel is consequently inseparable from the history of ideas, and what makes this study especially challinging is that the embodied idea may be screened from the author himself . . . may even be inimical to what he consciously believes. (119)

David Goldknopf, The Life of the Novel