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.
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