Nation and Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Paperback | October 18, 2008

byPatrick Parrinder

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What is 'English' about the English novel, and how has the idea of the English nation been shaped by the writers of fiction? How do the novel's profound differences from poetry and drama affect its representation of national consciousness?Nation and Novel sets out to answer these questions by tracing English prose fiction from its late medieval origins through its stories of rogues and criminals, family rebellions and suffering heroines, to the present-day novels of immigration. Major novelists from Daniel Defoe to the late twentiethcentury have drawn on national history and mythology in novels which have pitted Cavalier against Puritan, Tory against Whig, region against nation, and domesticity against empire. The novel is deeply concerned with the fate of the nation, but almost always at variance with official and ruling-classperspectives on English society.Patrick Parrinder's groundbreaking new literary history outlines the English novel's distinctive, sometimes paradoxical, and often subversive view of national character and identity. This sophisticated yet accessible assessment of the relationship between fiction and nation will set the agenda forfuture research and debate.

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What is 'English' about the English novel, and how has the idea of the English nation been shaped by the writers of fiction? How do the novel's profound differences from poetry and drama affect its representation of national consciousness?Nation and Novel sets out to answer these questions by tracing English prose fiction from its late...

Born in Cornwall, Patrick Parrinder grew up in London and south-east England and went on to read English at Cambridge University, where he became a Fellow of King's College. He moved to the University of Reading in 1974, and has been a professor there since 1986. He has been a visiting professor in the United States (University of Ill...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:October 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Novel and the Nation2. Cavaliers, Puritans, and Rogues: English Fiction from 1485 to 17003. Cross-Grained Crusoe: Defoe and the Contradictions of Englishness4. Histories of Rebellion: From 1688 to 17935. The Novel of Suffering: Richardson, Fielding, and Goldsmith6. The Benevolent Robber: From Fielding to the 1790s7. Romanitic Toryism: Scott, Disraeli, and Others8. Tory Daughters and the Politics of Marriage: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Elizabeth Gaskell9. 'Turn Again, Dick Whittington!': Dickens and the Fiction of the City10. At Home and Abroad in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction: From iVanity Fair/i to iThe Secret Agent/i11. Puritan and Provincial Englands: From Emily Bronte to D. H. Lawrence12. From Forster to Orwell: The Novel of England's Destiny13. From Kipling to Independence: Losing the Empire14. Round Tables: Chivalry and the Twentieth-Century English Novel- Sequence15. Inward Migrations: Multiculturalism, Anglicization, and Internal ExileConclusion: On Englishness and the Twenty-First Century Novel

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