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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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What did people read before there were novels? Not necessarily just other "literary" works, according to this fascinating study of the beginnings of the English novel. To understand the origins of the novel as a species and to read individual novels well, we must know several pasts and traditions-even non-fictional and non-narrative traditions, even non-"artistic" and non-written pasts-that at first might seem far removed from the pleasures readers find in modern novels.

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: Professional
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