Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered

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Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered begins with the brute fact that poetry jostled up alongside novels in the bookstalls of eighteenth-century England. Indeed, by exploring unexpected collisions and collusions between poetry and novels, this volume of exciting, new essays offers a reconsideration of the literary and cultural history of the period. The novel poached from and featured poetry, and the “modern” subjects and objects privileged by “rise of the novel” scholarship are only ...
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Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered begins with the brute fact that poetry jostled up alongside novels in the bookstalls of eighteenth-century England. Indeed, by exploring unexpected collisions and collusions between poetry and novels, this volume of exciting, new essays offers a reconsideration of the literary and cultural history of the period. The novel poached from and featured poetry, and the “modern” subjects and objects privileged by “rise of the novel” scholarship are only one part of a world full of animate things and people with indistinct boundaries. Contributors: Margaret Doody, David Fairer, Sophie Gee, Heather Keenleyside, Shelley King, Christina Lupton, Kate Parker, Natalie Phillips, Aran Ruth, Wolfram Schmidgen, Joshua Swidzinski, and Courtney Weiss Smith.
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Kate Parker is assistant professor of English at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her article on Sade appeared in Eighteenth- Century Fiction. She is writing a book that explores how affective communities impact literary representations of selfhood in eighteenth-century Britain and France.

Courtney Weiss Smith is assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University. She is the author of articles on eighteenth-century literature and culture that have appeared in Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation and SEL. Her current book project focuses on relationships between literature, religion and science in early eighteenth-century England.

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Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Poetry, Novels, People, Things 1
Courtney Weiss Smith

Part I: Reconsidering Genres: Rising, Borrowing, Circulating

1 Heroic Couplets and Eighteenth-Century Heroism: Pope’s Complicated Characters
Sophie Gee

2 “The Battle Without Killing”: Eliza Haywood and the Politics of Attempted Rape
Kate Parker

3 The Novel’s Poem Envy: Mid-Century Fiction and the “Thing Poem”
Christina Lupton and Aran Ruth

4 “To delineate the human mind in its endless varieties”: Integral Lyric and Characterization in the Tales of Amelia Opie
Shelley King

Part II: Reconsidering Subjects and Objects

5 Undividing the Subject of Literary History: From James Thomson's Poetry to Daniel Defoe's Novels
Wolfram Schmidgen

6 The Rise of the Novel and the Fall of Personification
Heather Keenleyside

7 “Light electric touches”: Sterne, Poetry, and Empirical Erotics
David Fairer

8 “Great labour both of mind and tongue”: Articulacy and Interiority in Young's Night Thoughts and Richardson's Clarissa
Joshua Swidzinski

9 The Art of Attention: Navigating Distraction and Rhythms of Focus in Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Natalie Phillips

Coda: Time, Space, and the Poetic Mind of the Novel
Margaret Doody

Bibliography

Notes on Contributors

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