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Before novels : the cultural contexts of eighteenth-century English fiction

Author: J Paul Hunter
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An examination of the printed material that was available to the reading public in early 18th-century England. The author explores the origins of the novel and argues that early novelists were  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Historia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Paul Hunter
ISBN: 0393028011 9780393028010 0393308618 9780393308617
OCLC Number: 20628474
Description: xxiv, 421 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I: Texts --
What was new about the novel? --
Novels and "the novel": the critical tyranny of formal definition --
pt. II: Contexts --
Readers reading --
Looking forward: time --
Looking forward: place --
Looking backward: a world well lost? --
pt. III Pre-texts --
Journalism: the commitment to contemporaneity --
"Strange, but true": fact certainty, and the desire for wonder --
Didacticism: the biases of presentism and the question of pleasure --
Directions of didacticism: the guide tradition --
Didacticism: the contexts of concern --
The self and the world: private histories --
The self observed: private vices, public benefits --
The self in the world: history, biography, and travel books.
Responsibility: J. Paul Hunter.

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