Novel Beginnings : Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction EPUB
Part of the Yale Guides to English Literature series
Investigating fiction throughout the 1700s, Spacks delineates the individuality of specific texts while suggesting connections among novels. She sketches a wide range of forms and themes, including Providential narratives, psychological thrillers, romans à clef, sentimental parables, political allegories, Gothic romances, and many others. These multiple narrative experiments show the impossibility of thinking of eighteenth-century fiction simply as a precursor to the nineteenth-century novel, Spacks shows. Instead, the vast variety of engagements with the problems of creating fiction demonstrates that literary historyby no means inexorablemight have taken quite a different course.
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- Pages:320 pages
- Publisher:Yale University Press
- Publication Date:01/10/2008