A Companion to the Eighteenth Century English Novel and Culture

A Companion to the Eighteenth Century English Novel and Culture Author Paula R. Backscheider
ISBN-10 9781405192453
Release 2009-10-19
Pages 556
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A Companion to the Eighteenth-century Novel furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral contexts. An up-to-date resource for the study of the eighteenth-century novel Furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral context Foregrounds those topics of most historical and political relevance to the twenty-first century Explores formative influences on the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the major issues and philosophies of the period, and its lasting legacy Covers both traditional themes, such as narrative authority and print culture, and cutting-edge topics, such as globalization, nationhood, technology, and science Considers both canonical and non-canonical literature

The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth Century Novel

The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth Century Novel Author John Richetti
ISBN-10 0521429455
Release 1996-09-05
Pages 283
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A comprehensive and innovative guide to the British novel in its formative decades.

A Companion to the English Novel

A Companion to the English Novel Author Stephen Arata
ISBN-10 9781405194457
Release 2015-04-27
Pages 608
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A Companion to the English Novel has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from A Companion to the English Novel also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full A Companion to the English Novel book for free.

Graphic Design Print Culture and the Eighteenth Century Novel

Graphic Design  Print Culture  and the Eighteenth Century Novel Author Janine Barchas
ISBN-10 0521819083
Release 2003-06-05
Pages 296
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The uniformity of graphic design in contemporary paperback and critical editions of the eighteenth-century novel no longer conveys the visual appeal of early editions. Janine Barchas explains how the novel's material embodiment as printed book rivalled its narrative content in diversity and creativity in the first half of the eighteenth century. Prose writers such as Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, and Henry and Sarah Fielding experimented with the novel's physical appearance from the beginning of its emergence in Britain.

Queer Gothic

Queer Gothic Author George E. Haggerty
ISBN-10 9780252073533
Release 2006
Pages 231
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Because gothic fiction was the one semi-respectable genre that regularly explored sexual and social transgressions during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, George Haggerty's Queer Gothic argues that it makes sense to consider the ways in which gothic fiction itself helped to shape thinking about sexual matters, create the darker shadows of the dominant fiction, and jump-start the age of sexology. Haggerty examines a variety of issues, including the ways in which gothic fiction centers on loss as the foreclosure of homoerotic possibility, the uses to which same-sex desire can be put in a patriarchal culture, and the relationship between transgressive sexual behaviors and a range of religious behaviors understood as "Catholic." Other chapters consider the erotic implications of gothic millenialism and move beyond the eighteenth century to discuss gothic fiction in the 1890s and 1990s, including Henry James's The Ambassadors, Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, and Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Eighteenth Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies

Eighteenth Century British Literature and Postcolonial Studies Author Suvir Kaul
ISBN-10 9780748634569
Release 2009-02-25
Pages 208
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This book convincingly challenges both the extremely short historical memory of most postcolonial work and the all-too-insularly English world still conjured by period specialists. Hogarthian whores and Grub Street hacks, coffee houses and fashionable pastimes, and the burgeoning of print culture all stand revealed as intimately bound to portents of plantation insurgency, agitation for abolition, and the vast fortunes produced by the labouring bodies of the poor, the colonized, and the enslaved. Eighteenth-century studies has never appeared in a more engaged and fascinating light.'Professor Donna Landry, University of KentIn this volume Suvir Kaul addresses the relations between literary culture, English commercial and colonial expansion, and the making of 'Great Britain' in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He argues that literary writing played a crucial role in generating the vocabulary of British nationalism, both in inter-national terms and in attempts to realign political and cult

A Companion to Eighteenth Century Poetry

A Companion to Eighteenth Century Poetry Author Christine Gerrard
ISBN-10 9781405113168
Release 2006-09-25
Pages 624
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This broad-ranging Companion gives readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety. An up-to-date and wide-ranging guide to eighteenth-century poetry. Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades. Opens with a section on contexts, discussing poetry’s relationships with patriotism, politics, science, and the visual arts, for example. Discusses poetry by male and female poets from all walks of life. Includes numerous close readings of individual poems, ranging from Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to Mary Collier’s The Woman’s Labour. Includes more provocative contributions on subjects such as rural poetry and the self-taught tradition, British poetry 'beyond the borders', the constructions of femininity, women as writers and women as readers. Designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Publishing, Second Edition, 2003).

A Companion to Eighteenth Century Britain

A Companion to Eighteenth Century Britain Author H. T. Dickinson
ISBN-10 9780470998878
Release 2008-04-15
Pages 584
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This authoritative Companion introduces readers to the developments that lead to Britain becoming a great world power, the leading European imperial state, and, at the same time, the most economically and socially advanced, politically liberal and religiously tolerant nation in Europe. Covers political, social, cultural, economic and religious history. Written by an international team of experts. Examines Britain's position from the perspective of other European nations.

A New Species of Criticism

A New Species of Criticism Author Joseph F. Bartolomeo
ISBN-10 0874134889
Release 1994
Pages 209
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"The fascinating, complex commentary on the novel genre by its earliest practitioners and critics moves to the foreground in A New Species of Criticism. Exhuming and analyzing a variety of ostensibly peripheral texts - prefaces, dedications, letters, pamphlets, and periodical reviews - Joseph F. Bartolomeo examines the role played by critical discourse in establishing the novel as a potent force in literary and popular culture. He also demonstrates the extent to which early novelists and critics anticipated many of the aesthetic and ethical issues that concern critics of fiction, and of other popular genres, in our time." "The first part of this study is devoted primarily to novelists' commentary within and about their texts. Writers before 1740 set the critical agenda by struggling with the relative importance of and the relationships between the sources, means, and ends of novels. From Congreve through Haywood and Defoe, novelists weighed and disputed the significance of formal artistry, moral rectitude, and the relation between fiction and historical truth. At mid-century, Richardson, Fielding, and Johnson - three of the most influential commentators on the genre - created critical personae that masked significant tensions. Richardson's many voices and competing moral and artistic demands, Fielding's problematic foregrounding of "theory" within his narratives, and Johnson's conflict between honesty and probity guaranteed contradiction. Finally, in a context of broader acceptance of the genre, subsequent novelists used critical discourse in part to establish either their uniqueness or their worthiness as successors to already canonized masters." "In the second part of the book Bartolomeo turns to regular scrutiny of fiction by practitioners of another new genre, periodical reviewing. Critics for The Monthly Review and The Critical Review - in their treatment of the gap between the theoretical potential and practical failure of the novel, and of the issues of gender, morality, and originality - self-consciously stratified prose fiction and its audience in order to establish their position as arbiters of taste for a cultural elite. This degree of consistency vanished, however, when reviewers turned their attention to more formal and generic concerns. The inductive nature of practical criticism ensured balance, not only within reviews of individual works, but among reviewers as a whole in assessing each formal element and subgenre. Critics were quick to dismiss or to question general rules when faced with inferior novels that followed them and superior novels that spurned them." "Such a determined resistance to dogmatic purity in fact constitutes the defining characteristic and greatest virtue of this entire body of critical discourse. Contradiction, uncertainty, and inconsistency - rather than thwarting the success of the novel - contributed to a critical heteroglossia that enabled the new genre to develop in several different directions and thereby to flourish."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Pamela in the Marketplace

 Pamela  in the Marketplace Author Thomas Keymer
ISBN-10 0521813379
Release 2005-12-15
Pages 295
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A fresh account of the enormous cultural impact of the first true novel in English.

The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth Century Fiction

The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth Century Fiction Author Christopher Flint
ISBN-10 9781139501507
Release 2011-09-08
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Eighteenth-century fiction holds an unusual place in the history of modern print culture. The novel gained prominence largely because of advances in publishing, but, as a popular genre, it also helped shape those very developments. Authors in the period manipulated the appearance of the page and print technology more deliberately than has been supposed, prompting new forms of reception among readers. Christopher Flint's book explores works by both obscure 'scribblers' and canonical figures, such as Swift, Haywood, Defoe, Richardson, Sterne and Austen, that interrogated the complex interactions between the book's material aspects and its producers and consumers. Flint links historical shifts in how authors addressed their profession to how books were manufactured and how readers consumed texts. He argues that writers exploited typographic media to augment other crucial developments in prose fiction, from formal realism and free indirect discourse to accounts of how 'the novel' defined itself as a genre.

The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction Author Jerrold E. Hogle
ISBN-10 9781107494480
Release 2002-08-29
Pages 354
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Gothic as a form of fiction-making has played a major role in Western culture since the late eighteenth century. In this volume, fourteen world-class experts on the Gothic provide thorough and revealing accounts of this haunting-to-horrifying type of fiction from the 1760s (the decade of The Castle of Otranto, the first so-called 'Gothic story') to the end of the twentieth century (an era haunted by filmed and computerized Gothic simulations). Along the way, these essays explore the connections of Gothic fictions to political and industrial revolutions, the realistic novel, the theatre, Romantic and post-Romantic poetry, nationalism and racism from Europe to America, colonized and post-colonial populations, the rise of film and other visual technologies, the struggles between 'high' and 'popular' culture, changing psychological attitudes towards human identity, gender and sexuality, and the obscure lines between life and death, sanity and madness. The volume also includes a chronology and guides to further reading.

Prose of the World

Prose of the World Author Saikat Majumdar
ISBN-10 9780231527675
Release 2013-01-22
Pages 248
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Everyday life in the far outposts of empire can be static, empty of the excitement of progress. A pervading sense of banality and boredom are, therefore, common elements of the daily experience for people living on the colonial periphery. Saikat Majumdar suggests that this impoverished affective experience of colonial modernity significantly shapes the innovative aesthetics of modernist fiction. Prose of the World explores the global life of this narrative aesthetic, from late-colonial modernism to the present day, focusing on a writer each from Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Ranging from James Joyce’s deflated epiphanies to Amit Chaudhuri’s disavowal of the grand spectacle of postcolonial national allegories, Majumdar foregrounds the banal as a key instinct of modern and contemporary fiction—one that nevertheless remains submerged because of its antithetical relation to literature’s intuitive function to engage or excite. Majumdar asks us to rethink the assumption that banality merely indicates an aesthetic failure. If narrative is traditionally enabled by the tremor, velocity, and excitement of the event, the historical and affective lack implied by the banal produces a narrative force that is radically new precisely because it suspends the conventional impulses of narration.

Contracts of Fiction

Contracts of Fiction Author Ellen Spolsky
ISBN-10 9780190232160
Release 2015-03-31
Pages 336
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The Contracts of Fiction reconnects our fictional worlds to the rest of our lives. Countering the contemporary tendency to dismiss works of imagination as enjoyable but epistemologically inert, the book considers how various kinds of fictions construct, guide, and challenge institutional relationships within social groups. The contracts of fiction, like the contracts of language, law, kinship, and money, describe the rules by which members of a group toggle between tokens and types, between their material surroundings - the stuff of daily life - and the abstractions that give it value. Rethinking some familiar literary concepts such as genre and style from the perspective of recent work in the biological, cognitive, and brain sciences, the book displays how fictions engage bodies and minds in ways that help societies balance continuity and adaptability. Being part of a community means sharing the ways its members use stories, pictures, plays and movies, poems and songs, icons and relics, to generate usable knowledge about the people, objects, beliefs and values in their environment. Exposing the underlying structural and processing homologies among works of imagination and life processes such as metabolism and memory, Ellen Spolsky demonstrates the seamless connection of life to art by revealing the surprising dependence of both on disorder, imbalance, and uncertainty. In early modern London, for example, reformed religion, expanding trade, and changed demographics made the obsolescent courts a source of serious inequities. Just at that time, however, a flood of wildly popular revenge tragedies, such as Hamlet, by their very form, by their outrageous theatrical grotesques, were shouting the need for change in the justice system. A sustained discussion of the genre illustrates how biological homeostasis underpins the social balance that we maintain with difficulty, and how disorder itself incubates new understanding.

A Concise Companion to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century

A Concise Companion to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century Author Cynthia Wall
ISBN-10 9780470757499
Release 2008-04-15
Pages 296
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This Concise Companion presents fresh perspectives on eighteenth-century literature. Contributes to current debates in the field on subjects such as the public sphere, travel and exploration, scientific rhetoric, gender and the book trade, and historical versus literary perceptions of life on London streets. Searches out connections between the remarkable number of new genres that appeared in the eighteenth century. Crosses conventional disciplinary lines. Demonstrates that philosophy, history, politics and social theory both influence and are influenced by literature.

A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture

A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture Author David Bradshaw
ISBN-10 9781405154673
Release 2008-04-15
Pages 616
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The Companion combines a broad grounding in the essential texts and contexts of the modernist movement with the unique insights of scholars whose careers have been devoted to the study of modernism. An essential resource for students and teachers of modernist literature and culture Broad in scope and comprehensive in coverage Includes more than 60 contributions from some of the most distinguished modernist scholars on both sides of the Atlantic Brings together entries on elements of modernist culture, contemporary intellectual and aesthetic movements, and all the genres of modernist writing and art Features 25 essays on the signal texts of modernist literature, from James Joyce’s Ulysses to Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God Pays close attention to both British and American modernism

Reading Fictions 1660 1740

Reading Fictions  1660 1740 Author Kate Loveman
ISBN-10 0754662373
Release 2008
Pages 222
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Kate Loveman explores the ways in which seventeenth- and eighteenth-century reading habits were applied to and shaped genres. Examining works by authors such as Defoe, Swift, Richardson and Fielding, she recovers a lost critical discourse through which authors and readers interrogated, mocked, and elaborated fictions. Her lively book offers a striking new approach to Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and politics, in particular to understanding the development of the novel.