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Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought : History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe Series Number 33 - Robert Mayer

Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought

History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe Series Number 33

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Published: 29th July 2004
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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 as history. It is the acceptance of the claims to historicity, the study argues, that differentiates Defoe's fictions from those of writers like Thomas Deloney and Aphra Behn, important writers who nevertheless have figured less prominently than Defoe in discussions of the novel. Mayer ends by exploring the theoretical implications of the history-fiction connection. His study makes an important contribution to the continuing debate about the emergence of what we now call the novel in Britain in the eighteenth century.

"...a well-researched look at the writing and reading of history in the 17th century..." H. Benoist, Choice

Introduction
Baconian historiography: the contours of historical discourse in seventeenth-century England
'Idle trash' or 'Reliques of something true'? the fate of Brute and Arthur and the power of tradition
The History of Myddle: memory, history, and power
Lifewriting and historiography, fiction and fact: Baxter, Clarendon, and Hutchingson on the English civil war
The secret history of the last Stuart kings
'Knowing strange things': the historical discourse in the century before Robinson Crusoe
'History' before Defoe: Nashe, Deloney, Behn, Manley
Defoe's historical practice: from 'The Ages Humble Servant' to Major Alexander Ramkins
'Facts that are form'd to touch the mind': Defoe's narratives as forms of historical discourse
From history to the novel: the reception of Defoe
Conclusion
Index
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ISBN: 9780521604475
ISBN-10: 0521604478
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 29th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39