The Oxford Handbook of the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Hardcover | August 9, 2016

EditorJ. A. Downie

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Although the emergence of the English novel is generally regarded as an eighteenth-century phenomenon, this is the first book to be published professing to cover the "eighteenth-century English novel" in its entirety. This Handbook surveys the development of the English novel during the"long" eighteenth century - in other words, from the later seventeenth century right through to the first three decades of the nineteenth century when, with the publication of the novels of Jane Austen and Walter Scott, "the novel" finally gained critical acceptance and assumed the position ofcultural hegemony it enjoyed for over a century. By situating the novels of the period which are still read today against the background of the hundreds published between 1660 and 1830, this Handbook not only covers those "masters and mistresses" of early prose fiction - such as Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Scott and Austen - whoare still acknowledged to be seminal figures in the emergence and development of the English novel, but also the significant number of recently-rediscovered novelists who were popular in their own day. At the same time, its comprehensive coverage of cultural contexts not considered by any existingstudy, but which are central to the emergence of the novel, such as the book trade and the mechanics of book production, copyright and censorship, the growth of the reading public, the economics of culture both in London and in the provinces, and the re-printing of popular fiction after 1774, offersunique insight into the making of the English novel.

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Although the emergence of the English novel is generally regarded as an eighteenth-century phenomenon, this is the first book to be published professing to cover the "eighteenth-century English novel" in its entirety. This Handbook surveys the development of the English novel during the"long" eighteenth century - in other words, from ...

J. A. Downie is Professor of English at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Pro-Warden (Academic). The author of five monographs, he has also edited three collections of essays, as well as editions of Defoe's political and social writings for Pickering and Chatto's The Complete Works ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:580 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePART I: 1660-1770: FROM 'NOVELS' TO WHAT IS NOT YET 'THE NOVEL'The economics of culture 1660-17701. Peter Hinds: The Book Trade at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century2. Michael F. Suarez, S. J.: Business of Fiction: Novel Publishing, 1695-17743. Pat Rogers: Social Structure, Class, and Gender, 1660-17704. Brian Cowan: Making Publics and Making Novels: Post-Habermasian PerspectivesInfluences on the early English novel5. Walter L. Reed: The Continental Influence on the Eighteenth-Century Novel: 'The English Improve What Others Invent'6. Gillian Dow: Criss-crossing the Channel: The French Novel and English Translation7. W. R. Owens: Religious Writings and the Early Novel8. Cynthia Wall: Travel Literature and the Early Novel9. Rebecca Bullard: Secret History, Politics, and the Early NovelEarly 'Novels' and Novelists10. Thomas Keymer: Restoration Fiction11. David Oakleaf: Testing the Market: Robinson Crusoe and After12. Clement Hawes: Gulliver Effects13. Peter Sabor: 'Labours of the Press': The Response to Pamela 14. John Dussinger: Samuel Richardson and the Epistolary Novel15. Scott Black: Henry Fielding and the Progress of Romance16. Simon Dickie: Novels of the 1750s17. Tim Parnell: 'Tristram is the Fashion': Sterne, Shandyism, and the sentimental novelJ. A. Downie: Epilogue: The English Novel at the end of the 1760sPART II: 1770-1832: THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH NOVELLiterary Production 1770-183218. John Feather: The Book Trade 1770-183219. Robert Folkenflik: The Rise of the Illustrated English Novel to 1832Authors, readers, reviewers, and critics, 1770-183220. W. A. Speck: Social Structure, Class and Gender, 1770-183221. Barbara M. Benedict: 'Male' and 'Female' novels? Gendered Fictions and the Reading Public, 1770-183222. Antonia Forster: Reviewing the Novel23. Peter Garside: 'Ordering' Novels: Describing Prose Fiction, 1770-1832Novels and Novelists, 1770-183224. Ros Ballaster: The Rise and Decline of the Epistolary Novel, 1770-183225. Geoffrey Sill: Developments in Sentimental Fiction26. Deirdre Shauna Lynch: Philosophical Fictions and 'Jacobin' Novels in the 1790s27. M. O. Grenby: The Anti-Jacobin Novel28. David H. Richter: The Gothic Novel and the Lingering Appeal of Romance29. Markman Ellis: Novel and Empire30. Gary Kelly: The Popular Novel 1790 to 182031. Lisa Wood: The Evangelical Novel32. Jan Fergus: 'Pictures of domestic Life in Country Villages': Jane Austen and the 'Realist' Novel33. Ina Ferris: Authorizing the Novel: Walter Scott's Historical Fiction34. Gary Dyer: Parody and Satire in the Novel, 1770-1832J. A. Downie: Epilogue