Factual Fictions: The Origins of the English Novel / Edition 1

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"Nowadays, most readers take the intersection between fiction and fact for granted. We've developed a faculty for pretending that even the most bizarre literary inventions are, for the nonce, real. . . . The value of Davis's book is that it explores the h
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"Nowadays, most readers take the intersection between fiction and fact for granted. We've developed a faculty for pretending that even the most bizarre literary inventions are, for the nonce, real. . . . The value of Davis's book is that it explores the hidden contradictions in a genre that, even in the age of Derrida and De Man, readers are inclined to take at face value."—Village Voice

"Factual Fictions is fresh, well-written, and often illuminating. Lennard Davis makes us see the novel as a text among other texts, an autonomous object determined by society's laws, culture, and technology as much as by the special qualities of its author and audience, and a reflection of that 'lost moment' when one might observe 'the unity of news, novels, ideology, history, fact, and fiction'."—Yearbook of English Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812216103
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 0.59 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction: Toward a Methodology of Beginnings 1
I Frame, Context, Prestructure 11
II The Romance: Liminality and Influence 25
III News/Novels: The Undifferentiated Matrix 42
IV Prose News: Continuity, Seriality, and Ideology 71
V The Law and the Press: Splitting the Discourse 85
VI Theories of Fiction in Early English Novels 102
VII Criminality and the Double Discourse 123
VIII The Language of Print: Embodiment, Legitimation, Signification 138
IX Daniel Defoe: Lies as Truth 154
X Samuel Richardson: Disavowal and Spontaneity 174
XI Henry Fielding: Politics and Fact 193
XII Conclusion: Ideology and the Novel 212
Notes 225
Index 243
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