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History and the early English novel : matters of fact from Bacon to Defoe

Author: Robert Mayer
Publisher: Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought, 33.
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"This new study of the origins of the English novel argues that the novel emerged from historical writing. Examining historical writers and forms frequently neglected by earlier scholars, Robert Mayer shows that in the seventeenth century historical discourse embraced not only "history" in its modern sense, but also fiction, polemic, gossip, and marvels. Mayer thus explains why Defoe's narratives were initially read  Read more...
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Mayer, Robert, 1948-
History and the early English novel.
Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1997
(DLC) 96009608
(OCoLC)34989949
Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon; Daniel Defoe
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Mayer
ISBN: 0585131090 9780585131092 9780511000881 051100088X
OCLC Number: 44959725
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 246 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Baconian historiography: the contours of historical discourse in seventeenth-century England --
2. "Idle Trash" or "Reliques of Something True"?: the fate of Brut and Arthur and the power of tradition --
3. The History of Myddle: memory, history, and power --
4. Lifewriting and historiography, fiction and fact: Baxter, Clarendon, and Hutchinson on the English Civil War --
5. The secret history of the last Stuart kings --
6. "Knowing strange things": historical discourse in the century before Robinson Crusoe --
7. "History" before Defoe: Nashe, Deloney, Behn, Manley --
8. Defoe's historical practice: from "The Ages Humbles Servant" to Major Alexander Ramkins --
9. "Facts that are form'd to touch the mind": Defoe's narratives as forms of historical discourse --
10. From history to the novel: the reception of Defoe.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought, 33.
Responsibility: Robert Mayer.

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Robert Mayer explores the meaning of 'history' in the seventeenth century and shows how the narratives of Daniel Defoe, unlike those of Aphra Behn, were read in their own time as history. Mayer's  Read more...

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