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History and the Early English Novel : Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe - Robert Mayer

History and the Early English Novel

Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe

Hardcover Published: 13th April 1997
ISBN: 9780521563772
Number Of Pages: 264

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Robert Mayer argues that the modern English novel emerged from historical writing. Historical discourse in the seventeenth century embraced not only "history" in its modern sense, but also fiction, polemic, gossip, and marvels. Mayer shows how the narratives of Daniel Defoe--unlike those of his contemporaries Aphra Behn and Delariviere Manley--were read, in their own time, as history, making connections that later novelists developed. This new study makes an important contribution to the continuing debate about the origins of the novel in Britain.

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

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
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ISBN: 9780521563772
ISBN-10: 0521563771
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 13th April 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.56