The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750 by Thomas KeymerThe Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750 by Thomas Keymer

The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of…

EditorThomas Keymer

Hardcover | November 11, 2017

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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 1 explores the long period between the origins of printing in late fifteenth-century England and the establishment of the novel as a recognized, reputable genre in the mid eighteenth century. Later chapters in the volume provide original, authoritative accounts of innovations by the majorcanonical authors, notably Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding, who have traditionally been seen as pioneering "the rise of the novel", in Ian Watt's famous phrase. With its extended chronological and geographical range, however, the volume also contextualizes these eighteenth-century developments inrevelatory new ways, to provide a fresh, bold, and comprehensive account of the richness and variety of fictional traditions as they developed over two and a half centuries. The volume thus establishes a newly comprehensive mapping of early fiction that rectifies the shortcomings and exclusions of established "rise of the novel" scholarship. These include the relative neglect of the importance of women writers, following Behn's reinvention of romance in the 1680s, inshaping novelistic themes and techniques; a restrictive generic definition based on circumstantial and psychological realism to the exclusion of non-realist modes that flourished for centuries beforehand; a teleological bias that overlooks or downgrades phases and types of fiction production, suchas the richly variegated category of Elizabethan fiction, that resist being assimilated into narratives of evolution or ascent; a reductive Anglocentrism that leaves out of account the translation, reception, and pervasive influence from the sixteenth century onwards of, among much else, the'ancient novel' of Apuleius and Heliodorus; Byzantine, Arabian, and Eastern traditions; the Italian novella from Boccaccio to Bandello; Spanish picaresque and anti-romance; and a range of French narrative modes from Rabelais to Marivaux. Alongside these key contexts, the volume treats the emergentnovel as, above all, a phenomenon of print culture, with close attention to conditions of authorship, publishing, and reading across the extended period.
Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Arts and University Professor of English at the University of Toronto. He previously taught at St Anne's College, Oxford, where he remains a Supernumerary Fellow. He also serves as General Editor of The Review of English Studies and co-General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the W...
Title:The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of…Format:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.03 inPublished:November 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

General Editor's PrefaceThomas Keymer: IntroductionEditorial NoteNote on the British Currency before DecimalizationPart 1: Fiction in the Marketplace1. Paul Salzman: Authorship, Publication, Reception: 1470-16602. Robert D. Hume: Authorship, Publication, Reception: 1660-17503. Cathy Shrank: Cross-Sections: 1516-15204. Lori Humphrey Newcomb: Cross-Sections: 1596-16005. James Grantham Turner: Cross-Sections: 1666-16706. Pat Rogers: Cross-Sections: 1716-1720Part 2: Early Modern Fiction - Sources and Modes7. Alexandra Gillespie: Fiction and the Origins of Print8. Robert H. F. Carver: English Fiction and the Ancient Novel9. Helen Moore: Chivalric Romance and Novella Collections10. Nandini Das: Euphuism and Courtly Fiction11. Tiffany Stern: Nashe and Satire12. R. W. Maslen: Elizabethan Popular Romance and the Popular Novel13. Gavin Alexander: 'The conjunction cannot be hurtful'? Sidney's Arcadia and Mingled Genres14. Daniel Carey: Utopian Fiction15. Steven N. Zwicker: Royalist Romance?16. Simon Dickie: Picaresque and Rogue Fiction17. Brean Hammond: Cervantes, Anti-Romance, and the Novella18. Nicholas McDowell: Rabelaisian Comedy and Satire19. Michael Davies: Bunyan and Religious AllegoryPart 3: Restoration Fiction and the Rise of the Novel20. Nicholas Hudson: Formal Experimentation and Theories of Fiction21. John Richetti: Non-Fictional Discourses and the Novel22. Stuart Sherman: Finding Their Accounts: Autobiography, Novel, and the Move from Self 'to you-ward'23. Ros Ballaster: Classical French Fiction and the Restoration Novel24. Toni Bowers: Epistolary Fiction25. Paul Baines: Pornography and the Novel26. Jenny Davidson: Restoration Theatre, and the Novel27. Cynthia Wall: Exploration, Expansion, and the Early Novel28. James Watt: Arabian Nights and Oriental Spies29. Moyra Haslett: The Rise of the Irish Novel30. Jane Spencer: Scandal and Amatory Fiction31. J. Paul Hunter: Defoe, Journalism, and the Early English Novel: Contexts and Models32. Claude Rawson: Swift, Satire, and the Novel33. Thomas Lockwood: The Pamela Debate34. Alan Downie: Clarissa and Tom Jones35. Peter Sabor: 'Moral Romance' and the Novel at Mid-Century