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An Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Raising the Novel

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The formal and expressive range of canonic eighteenth-century fiction is enourmous: between them Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett and Sterne seem to have anticipated just about every question confronting the modern...

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The formal and expressive range of canonic eighteenth-century fiction is enourmous: between them Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett and Sterne seem to have anticipated just about every question confronting the modern novelist; and Aphra Behn even raises a number of issues overlooked by her male successors. But one might also reverse the coin: much of what is present in these writers will today seem remote and bizarre. There is, in fact, only one novelist from the 'long' eighteenth century who is not an endangered species outside the protectorates of university English departments: Jane Austen. Plenty of people read her, moreover, without the need for secondary literature. These reservations were taken into account in the writing of this book.An Introduction to Eighteenth Century Fiction is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to English fiction from Aphra Behn to Jane Austen. It deals with novel criticism, canon formation and relations between genre and gender. The second part of the book contains an extensive discussion of Richardson and Fielding, followed by paired readings of major eighteenth-century novels, juxtaposing texts by Behn and Defoe, Sterne and Smollett, Lennox and Burney among others. The various sections of the book, and even the individual chapters, may be read independently or in any order. Works are discussed in a way intended to help students who have not read them, and even engage with some who never will. The author consumes eighteenth-century fiction avidly, but has tried to write a reader-friendly survey for those who may not.

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A new introduction to the key novelists of the long eighteenth century
Analyses novels in pairs to emphasise differences and similarities
Ideal introductory student text

Preface
PART ONE: RAISING THE NOVEL
Critics and Theorists
Sounding the Canon
Genre and Gender
Two Literary Parabolas (i): Richardson from Familiar Letters to Grandison
Two Literary Parabolas (ii): Fielding from Jonathan Wild to Amelia
PART TWO: FICTIONAL PERSPECTIVES FROM BEHN TO AUSTEN
Behn's Oroonoko and Defoe's Moll Flanders
Sterne's Tristram Shandy and Smollett's Humphry Clinker
Lennox's The Female Quixote and Burney's Evelina
Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho and Godwin's Caleb Williams
Austen's Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park
Notes
Appendix A: Mrs Barbauld's The British Novelists
Appendix B: The Dictionary of Literary Biography
Appendix C: The Chadwyck Healey Database
Bibliography
Index.

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JOHN SKINNER is Professor of English at the University of Turku, Finland.

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JOHN SKINNER is Professor of English at the University of Turku, Finland.

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