By Paula R. Backscheider, Catherine Ingrassia
A better half to the Eighteenth-century English Novel and tradition offers an updated source for the research of this topic, foregrounding these subject matters of so much historic and political relevance to the twenty-first century. It considers not just the canonical literature of the interval, but in addition the non-canonical literature, and the contexts within which the eighteenth-century novel was once produced.
The quantity is split into 3 components exploring formative impacts at the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the foremost matters and philosophies of the interval, and its lasting legacy. every one of those 3 components is dependent round the comparable subject matters, together with globalization, nationhood, know-how, trade, technological know-how, and existence. this enables the better half to capitalize on state of the art scholarship with out obscuring conventional parameters for the research of the eighteenth-century novel, equivalent to narrative authority, print tradition, and the increase of the unconventional as a pan-European phenomenon.
The better half as an entire furnishes readers exemplary cultural reviews technique and a cosmopolitan imaginative and prescient of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and ethical contexts, and retains them abreast of present serious tendencies in a box that has replaced dramatically during the last decade.
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Special issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction 12:2–3 (2000): 141. 7. Wilbur L. Cross, The Development of the English Novel (New York: Macmillan, 1899), 33. 8. Ernest A. Baker, The History of the English Novel. Vol. 3, The Later Romances and the Establishment of Realism (New York: Barnes and Noble, 1924; rpt. 1950), 137. For a fascinating discussion 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. of the persistence and prevalence of Watt’s text, despite the presence of other more extensive histories of the novel, see Margaret Reeves, ‘‘Telling the Tale of The Rise of the Novel,’’ CLIO 30 (2000): 25–49.
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