Reading Fictions, 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture

Reading Fictions, 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture

by Kate Loveman
     
 

"English society in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was fascinated by deception, and concerns about deceptive narratives had a profound effect on reading practices. Kate Loveman's interdisciplinary study explores the ways in which reading habits, first developed to deal with suspect political and religious texts, were applied to a range of genres,… See more details below

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"English society in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was fascinated by deception, and concerns about deceptive narratives had a profound effect on reading practices. Kate Loveman's interdisciplinary study explores the ways in which reading habits, first developed to deal with suspect political and religious texts, were applied to a range of genres, and, as authors responded to readers' critiques, shaped genres. Examining responses to authors such as Defoe, Swift, Richardson and Fielding, Loveman investigates reading as a sociable activity." Loveman's lively book offers a striking new approach to Restoration and eighteenth-century literary culture and, in particular, to understanding the development of the novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754662372
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

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1 Sceptical Reading in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries 19

2 The Strange Finding Out of Moses his Tombe: Strategies and Motives for Hoaxing 47

3 'Florishing Lyes': Coffee-House Wit in the Restoration 61

4 More Shams Still: Reading in the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis 85

5 News, Novels and Imposture, 1688-1702 109

6 Defoe and his 'Ill-disposed' Readers 127

7 Swift's Bites: Eighteenth-Century Raillery in Theory and Practice 153

8 Bubbling Sentiments: Richardson's Pamela and Fielding's Shamela 175

Conclusion 197

Select Bibliography 203

Index 215

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