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Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

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"By taking a close look at materials no previous twentieth-century critic has seriously investigated in literary terms--ephemeral journalism, moralistic tracts, questions-and-answer columns, 'wonder' narratives--Paul Hunter discovers a tangled set of roots for the early novel. His provocative argument for a new historicized understanding of the genre and its early readers brilliantly reveals unexpected affinities." --Patricia Meyer Spacks, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, University of Virginia

Synopsis:

What did people read there were novels? Not necessarily just other "literary" works, according to this fascinating study of the beginnings of the English novel. To understand the origins of the novel as a species and to read individual novels well, we must know several pasts and traditions--even non-fictional and non-narrative traditions, even non-"artistic" and non-written pasts--that at first might seem far removed from the pleasures readers find in modern novels.

About the Author

J. Paul Hunter is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Reluctant Pilgrim: Defoe's Emblematic Method and Quest for Form in Robinson Crusoe; Occasional Form: Henry Fielding and the Chains of Circumstance; and Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. He is author of the first nine editions of The Norton Introduction to Poetry and the long-time co-editor of The Norton Introduction to Literature and New Worlds of Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393308617
Author:
Hunter, J. Paul
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Hunter, J. Paul
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.17x6.03x1.15 in. 1.37 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , What did people read there were novels? Not necessarily just other "literary" works, according to this fascinating study of the beginnings of the English novel. To understand the origins of the novel as a species and to read individual novels well, we must know several pasts and traditions--even non-fictional and non-narrative traditions, even non-"artistic" and non-written pasts--that at first might seem far removed from the pleasures readers find in modern novels.
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