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Eighteenth-century fiction and the reinvention of wonder

Author: Sarah Tindal Kareem
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A footprint materializes mysteriously on a deserted shore; a giant helmet falls from the sky; a traveler awakens to find his horse dangling from a church steeple. Eighteenth-century fiction brims with moments such as these, in which the prosaic rubs up against the marvelous. While it is a truism that the period's literature is distinguished by its realism and air of probability, Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Tindal Kareem
ISBN: 9780199689101 0199689105
OCLC Number: 875151569
Description: xiv, 278 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Wonder and the rise of fiction --
Wonder in the age of enlightenment --
Rethinking the real with Robinson Crusoe and David Hume --
Suspending the reader in Tom Jones and The Castle of Otranto --
"Marvelous tales of wonders performed, or rather, not performed" in Baron Munchausen's Narrative --
"A little voyage of discovery?": fiction and the pursuit of knowledge --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: 18th-century fiction and the reinvention of wonder
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Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder examines the place of wonder in eighteenth-century fiction, arguing that t wonder was, in fact, integral to-rather than antithetical to-the  Read more...

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