The Rise of the Novel by Nicholas SeagerThe Rise of the Novel by Nicholas Seager

The Rise of the Novel

byNicholas Seager

Hardcover | October 3, 2012

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Why have scholars located the emergence of the novel in eighteenth-century England? What historical forces and stylistic developments helped to turn a disreputable type of writing into an eminent literary form?

This Reader's Guide explores the key critical debates and theories about the rising novel, from eighteenth-century assessments through to present day concerns. Nicholas Seager:

surveys major criticism on authors such as Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding and Jane Austen
covers a range of critical approaches and topics including feminism, historicism, postcolonialism and print culture
demonstrates how critical work is interrelated, allowing readers to discern trends in the critical conversation.

Approachable and stimulating, this is an invaluable introduction for anyone studying the origins of the novel and the surrounding body of scholarship.
NICHOLAS SEAGER is Lecturer in English Literature at Keele University, UK.
Title:The Rise of the NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pagesPublished:October 3, 2012Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023025182X

ISBN - 13:9780230251823

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Table of Contents

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Accounts of the Rise of the Novel
New Criticism to The Rise of the Novel, 1924-1957
Restructuring the Rise of the Novel, 1958-1985
Cultural History and the Rise of the Novel, 1980-1989
Feminism and the Rise of the Novel
Postcolonialism, Postnationalism and the Rise of the Novel
Rethinking the Rise of the Novel, 1990-2000
Print Culture and the Rise of the Novel, 1990-2010
Thematic Criticism of the Rise of the Novel 1: Family, Law, Sex and Society
Thematic Criticism of the Rise of the Novel 2: Money, Medicine, Politics and Things

Editorial Reviews

'A remarkably comprehensive, lucid, and well-organised account of 'rise of the novel' criticism from the later seventeenth century to the present. Its judgements about the main lines of this criticism, and its assessments of the issues at stake, are judicious and convincing.' - Shaun Regan, Queen's University Belfast, UK'The 'rise of the novel' is one of the most contested areas in modern criticism - there's little agreement on what constitutes a 'novel' and when, how, even whether it 'rose.' Mountains of scholarship have been published on the subject, and pity the poor beginner who has to make sense of it. Nicholas Seager deserves thanks for this gentle but rigorous introduction to the arguments over the eighteenth-century novel, a learned, wide-ranging, and scrupulously fair overview of the major accounts of the form.' - Jack Lynch, Rutgers University