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Novel beginnings : experiments in eighteenth-century English fiction

Novel beginnings : experiments in eighteenth-century English fiction

Author: Patricia Meyer Spacks
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006.
Series: Yale guides to English literature.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This fresh account of eighteenth-century English fiction departs from the traditional focus on the realistic novel to emphasise the many kinds of experimentation that marked the genre before the conventions of the novel were firmly established. Treating well-known works like "Tom Jones" and "Tristram Shandy" in conjunction with less familiar texts like "Sarah Fielding's: The Cry" and "Jane Barker's: A Patchwork  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Spacks, Patricia Ann Meyer.
Novel beginnings.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005024209
(OCoLC)61448064
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Meyer Spacks
ISBN: 9780300128338 0300128339
OCLC Number: 123130546
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 309 pages)
Contents: The excitement of beginnings --
Novels of adventure --
The novel of development --
Novels of consciousness --
The novel of sentiment --
The novel of manners --
Gothic fiction --
The political novel --
Tristram Shandy and the development of the novel.
Series Title: Yale guides to English literature.
Responsibility: Patricia Meyer Spacks.

Abstract:

This fresh account of eighteenth-century English fiction departs from the traditional focus on the realistic novel to emphasise the many kinds of experimentation that marked the genre before the conventions of the novel were firmly established. Treating well-known works like "Tom Jones" and "Tristram Shandy" in conjunction with less familiar texts like "Sarah Fielding's: The Cry" and "Jane Barker's: A Patchwork Screen for the Ladies", this book evokes the excitement of a multifaceted and unpredictable process of growth and change. Investigating fiction throughout the 1700s, Patricia Meyer Spacks delineates the individuality of specific texts while also suggesting connections among novels. She sketches a wide range of forms and themes, including Providential narrative, psychological thriller, political roman a clef, sentimental parable, political allegory, Gothic romance 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 history - by no means inexorable - might have taken quite a different course
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