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From Fiction to the Novel

1st Edition

By Geoffrey Day


230 pages

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pub: 2020-01-22
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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.

About the Author

Geoffrey Day

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: 18th Century Literature

This 13 volume set contains titles, originally published between 1949 and 1991. Focusing on eighteenth-century England it includes titles which examine novels, drama and poetry from the time. There are titles that discuss the literature in a historical, sociological and political context as well as from a feminist perspective. Other texts look at the language and structure used in literature and how it has evolved over time. This collection will be of interest to students of literature and literary theory.

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