The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel

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John Richetti
Cambridge University Press, Sep 5, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 283 pages
This multifaceted picture of the British novel in its formative decades provides an indispensable guide for students of the eighteenth-century novel, and its place within the culture of its time. Drawing on new research in social and political history, the twelve contributors to this Companion challenge and refine the traditional view of the novel's origins and purposes. Sentimental and Gothic fiction, and fiction by women, are discussed, alongside detailed readings of work by Defoe, Swift, Richardson, Henry Fielding, Sterne, Smollett and Burney.
 

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Contents

List of Contributors
ix
Chronology
xi
Introduction
1
The novel and socialcultural history
9
Defoe as an innovator of fictional form
41
Gullivers Travels and the contracts of fiction
72
Samuel Richardson fiction and knowledge
90
Henry Fielding
120
Sterne and irregular oratory
153
Smolletts Humphry Clinker
175
Marginality in Frances Burneys novels
198
Women writers and the eighteenth century novel
212
Sentimental novels
236
Enlightenment popular culture and Gothic fiction
255
Index
277
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