The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820

Hardcover | March 4, 2015

EditorPeter Garside, Karen Obrien

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the "literary" novel,and each volume includes chapters on the processes of production, distribution, and reception, and on popular fiction and the fictional sub-genres, as well as outlining the work of major novelists, movements, traditions, and tendencies. Volume 2 examines the period from1750-1820, which was a crucial period in the development of the novel in English. Not only was it the time of Smollett, Sterne, Austen, and Scott, but it also saw the establishment and definition of the novel as we know it, as well as the emergence of a number ofsubgenres, several of which remain to this day. Conventionally however, it has been one of the least studied areas - seen as a falling off from the heyday of Richardson and Fielding, or merely a prelude to the great Victorian novelists. This volume takes full advantage of recent major advances inscholarly bibliography, new critical assessments, and the fresh availability of long-neglected fictional works, to offer a new mapping and appraisal. The opening section, as well as some remarkable later chapters, consider historical conditions underlying the production, circulation, and reception of fiction during these seventy years, a period itself marked by a rapid growth in output and expansion in readership. Other chapters cover theprincipal forms, movements, and literary themes of the period, with individual contributions on the four major novelists (named above), seen in historical context, as well as others on adjacent fields such as the shorter tale, magazine fiction, children's literature, and drama. The volume also viewsthe novel in the light of other major institutions of modern literary culture, including book reviewing and the reprint trade, all of which played a part in advancing a sense of the novel as a defining feature of the British cultural landscape. A focus on "global" literature and imported fiction intwo concluding chapters in turn reflects a broader concern for transnat onal literary studies in general.

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the "literary" novel,and each volume includes chapters on the proc...

Peter Garside was educated at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and taught English Literature for more than thirty years at Cardiff University, where he became Professor of English and Director of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research. Subsequently he was appointed Professor of Bibliography and Textual Studies at the Un...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:704 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.69 inPublished:March 4, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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General Editor's PrefaceIntroductionEditorial NotePart I: Book Production and Distribution1. James Raven: Production2. Peter Garside: Authorship3. David Allan: CirculationPart II: Major Authors and Traditions4. E. J. Clery: The Novel in the 1750s5. Simon Dickie: Tobias Smollett and the Ramble Novel6. James Chandler: The Novelty of Laurence Sterne7. Helen Thompson: Sentimental Fiction of the 1760s and 1770s8. Betty A. Schellenberg: Bluestocking Women and Rational Female Fiction9. Caroline Franklin: The Novel of Sensibility in the 1780s10. Deidre Lynch: Early Gothic Novels and the Belief in Fiction11. Jon Mee: The Novel Wars of 1790 180412. Claire Connolly: The National Tale13. Robert Miles: Gothic and Anti-Gothic, 1797 182014. Anthony Mandal: Evangelical Fiction15. Vivien Jones: Jane Austen s Domestic Realism16. Ina Ferris: Historical Romance17. Ian Duncan: Walter Scott and the Historical NovelPart III: Generic Variations and Narrative Structures18. Lynn Festa: It-Narratives and Spy Novels19. Ros Ballaster: Philosophical and Oriental Tales20. Nicola J. Watson: Epistolary Fiction21. Clara Tuite: Celebrity and Scandalous FictionPart IV: Contexts22. Ruth Perry: All in the Family: Consanguinity, Marriage, and Property23. Thomas Keymer: Fictions of the Union24. Deirdre Coleman: Imperial Commerce, Gender, and SlaveryPart V: Alternative Forms of Fiction25. Gillian Hughes: Fiction in the Magazines26. Anthony Jarrells: Short Fictional Forms and the Rise of the Tale27. M. O. Grenby: Children s and Juvenile Literature28. Gillian Russell: The Novel and the StagePart VI: Assimilation and Cultural Interchanges29. Michael Gamer: Assimilating the Novel: Reviews and Collections30. Stephen Colclough: Readers and Reading Practices31. Wil Verhoeven: The Global British Novel32. Jenny Mander: Foreign ImportsAfterword33. Clifford Siskin: The Rise of the Rise of the Novel