Novel definitions : an anthology of commentary on the novel, 1688-1815 /
edited by Cheryl Nixon.
Peterborough, ON : Broadview Press, c2009.
435 p. ; 23 cm.
1551116464, 9781551116464 (pbk.)
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Peterborough, ON : Broadview Press, c2009.
9781551116464 (pbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 409-419) and index.
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"Cheryl Nixon's Novel Definitions is an extremely useful, comprehensive, and very well-organized anthology of responses, both professional and popular, to the English novel in the period of its cultural ascendency. Both in its range-which covers major statements about the developing genre from Huet and Behn through Reeve and Barbauld-and in its depth-which places well-known texts by writers such as Richardson and Johnson alongside a wealth of less familiar criticism and commentary-Novel Definitions offers an indispensible resource for teaching and researching the history of the novel in eighteenth-century Britain."
"In this superb anthology, both learned and lively, Cheryl Nixon provides a thoughtful and theoretically informed introduction to the critical commentaries that shaped the debate over the meaning of the "new" novel. Authors and critics became cultural commentators, members of a cultural community all too aware of what was at stake in their new form...This collection is invaluable for a study of the novel and of eighteenth-century British culture."
"[Novel Definitions] is essential reading in both the culture and theory of novel writing and reading during the eighteenth century. Our courses on the eighteenth-century novel and our writing about the novel will be much the better for its appearance."
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Novel Definitions captures the lively critical debate surrounding the invention of the English novel, showing how the rise of the novel is accompanied by a rise in popular literary criticism. The over 135 pieces here, many newly-discovered, include essays, prefaces, reviews, and sermons written by authors ranging from Aphra Behn to Walter Scott. Novel Definitions brings together authors' commentary on their work; debates concerning the novel's formal qualities and cultural position, including who should read novels; reviewers' definitions of the qualities that make a novel successful; and literary historians' first attempts to write the history of the novel.

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