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The Literary Channel : The Inter-National Invention of the Novel - Margaret Cohen

The Literary Channel

The Inter-National Invention of the Novel

By: Margaret Cohen (Editor), Carolyn Dever (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th January 2002
ISBN: 9780691050027
Number Of Pages: 336

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"The Literary Channel" defines a crucial transnational literary "zone" that shaped the development of the modern novel. During the first two centuries of the genre's history, Britain and France were locked in political, economic, and military struggle. The period also saw British and French writers, critics, and readers enthusiastically exchanging works, codes, and theories of the novel. Building on both nationally based literary history and comparatist work on poetics, this book rethinks the genre's evolution as marking the power and limits of modern cultural nationalism.

In the Channel zone, the novel developed through interactions among texts, readers, writers, and translators that inextricably linked national literary cultures. It served as a forum to promote and critique nationalist cliches, whether from the standpoint of Enlightenment cosmopolitanism, the insurgent nationalism of colonized spaces, or the non-nationalized culture of consumption. In the process, the Channel zone promoted codes that became the genre's hallmarks, including the sentimental poetics that would shape fiction through the nineteenth century.

Uniting leading critics who bridge literary history and theory, "The Literary Channel" will appeal to all readers attentive to the future of literary studies, as well as those interested in the novel's development, British and French cultural history, and extra-national patterns of cultural exchange. Contributors include April Alliston, Emily Apter, Margaret Cohen, Joan DeJean, Carolyn Dever, Lynn Festa, Francoise Lionnet, Deidre Shauna Lynch, Sharon Marcus, Richard Maxwell, and Mary Helen McMurran.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Novel without Bordersp. 35
Transnationalism and the Origins of the (French?) Novelp. 37
National or Transnational? The Eighteenth-Century Novelp. 50
Sentimental Bonds and Revolutionary Characters: Richardson's Pamela in England and Francep. 73
Sentimental Communitiesp. 106
Transnational Sympathies, Imaginary Communitiesp. 133
Imagining the "Othered" Nationp. 149
Phantom States: Cleveland, The Recess, and the Origins of Historical Fictionp. 151
Gender, Empire, and Epistolarity: From Jane Austen's Manfield Park to Marie-Therese Humbert's La Montagne des Signauxp. 183
The (Dis)locations of Romantic Nationalism: Shelley, Stael, and the Home-Schooling of Monstersp. 194
"An Occult and Immoral Tyranny": The Novel, the Police, and the Agent Provocateurp. 225
Comparative Sapphismp. 251
Afterword: From Literary Channel to Narrative Chunnelp. 286
Selected Bibliographyp. 295
Contributorsp. 303
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780691050027
ISBN-10: 0691050023
Series: Translation,Transnation
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 15th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48