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English Novel in History 1700-80 John J. Richetti

English Novel in History 1700-80

John J. Richetti

Published October 22nd 1998
ISBN : 9786610036004
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The English Novel in History 1700-1780 provides students with specific contexts for the early novel in response to a new understanding of eighteenth-century Britain. It traces the social and moral representations of the period in extended readings ofMoreThe English Novel in History 1700-1780 provides students with specific contexts for the early novel in response to a new understanding of eighteenth-century Britain. It traces the social and moral representations of the period in extended readings of the major novelists (Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Burney and Sterne), as well as evaluating the importance of lesser known ones. John Richetti traces the shifting subject matter of the novel, discussing: scandalous and amatory fictions by Behn, Manley and Eliza Haywood criminal narratives of the early part of the century by Defoe the more disciplined, realistic, and didactic strain that appears in the 1740s and 1750s novels promoting new ideas about the nature of domestic life novels by women and how they relate to the shift of subject matter, by writers such as Haywood, Sarah Scott and Frances Sheridan This original and useful book revises traditional literary history by considering novels from those years in the context of the transformation of Britain in the eighteenth century.