Originally published in 1987, this title is a comprehensive study focused on experimental forms in eighteenth-century fiction. It suggests that the eighteenth-century novel is misread because it is judged with the templates of nineteenth and twentieth century versions of ‘the novel’ in mind, rather than as a standalone genre. Looking at works from well-known authors of the time this learned and lively book, gently but precisely undermines a basic category of modern literary understanding.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments. 1. ‘A Small Tale, Generally of Love’ 2. ‘On Fable and Romance’ 3. Amelia’s Nose: Perceptions of Reality 4. ‘Romances, Chocolate, Novels, and the Like Inflamers’ 5. Motley Emblems and Much Wanted Standards 6. ‘The Most Heterogeneous Ideas are Yoked by Violence Together’. Notes. Index.