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Before Novels : The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction - J. Paul Hunter

Before Novels

The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

Paperback Published: 1st August 1994
ISBN: 9780393308617
Number Of Pages: 448

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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

Prefacep. ix
What Was New about the Novel?p. 3
Novels and "The Novel": The Critical Tyranny of Formal Definitionp. 29
Readers Readingp. 61
Looking Forward: Timep. 89
Looking Forward: Placep. 110
Looking Backward: a World Well Lost?p. 138
Journalism: The Commitment to Contemporaneityp. 167
Strange, but True: Fact, Certainty, and the Desire for Wonderp. 195
Didacticism: The Biases of Presentism and the Question of Pleasurep. 225
Directions of Didacticism: The Guide Traditionp. 248
Didacticism: The Contexts of Concernp. 274
The Self and the World.: Private Historiesp. 303
The Self Observed: Private Vices, Public Benefitsp. 324
The Self in the World: History, Biography, and Travel Booksp. 338
Notesp. 357
Indexp. 405
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ISBN: 9780393308617
ISBN-10: 0393308618
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st August 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.29 x 15.32  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.62

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