History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe

History and the Early English Novel: Matters of Fact from Bacon to Defoe

by Robert Mayer, Mayer Robert
     
 

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Robert Mayer argues that the modern English novel emerged from historical writing. Historical discourse in the seventeenth century embraced not only "history" in its modern sense, but also fiction, polemic, gossip, and marvels. Mayer shows how the narratives of Daniel Defoe—unlike those of his contemporaries Aphra Behn and Delarivière Manley—were

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Robert Mayer argues that the modern English novel emerged from historical writing. Historical discourse in the seventeenth century embraced not only "history" in its modern sense, but also fiction, polemic, gossip, and marvels. Mayer shows how the narratives of Daniel Defoe—unlike those of his contemporaries Aphra Behn and Delarivière Manley—were read, in their own time, as history, making connections that later novelists developed. This new study makes an important contribution to the continuing debate about the origins of the novel in Britain.

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"...a well-researched look at the writing and reading of history in the 17th century..." H. Benoist, Choice

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ISBN-13:
9780521604475
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought Series, #33
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

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