The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

by Pamela Clemit, Clemit
     
 


The Godwinian Novel is a pioneering analysis of the school of fiction inaugurated by William Godwin, and developed in the works of his principal followers, Charles Brockden Brown and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. In the first study of these authors as a historically specific group, Pamela Clemit argues for a greater unity between Godwin's fictionalSee more details below

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The Godwinian Novel is a pioneering analysis of the school of fiction inaugurated by William Godwin, and developed in the works of his principal followers, Charles Brockden Brown and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. In the first study of these authors as a historically specific group, Pamela Clemit argues for a greater unity between Godwin's fictional techniques and his radical political philosophy than has been perceived. Her analysis of the works of Brown and Mary Shelley, moreover, reveals how these writers modified, reshaped, and redefined Godwin's distinctive themes and techniques in response to shifting ideological pressures in the post-revolutionary period. Examining prose fiction in a period traditionally seen as dominated by poetry, Clemit stresses the necessity for a revised view of British Romanticism. Uncovering the links between Godwin's fictional analysis of subjective experience and his progressive political philosophy, The Godwinian Novel paves the way for a reappraisal of the apparently quietistic and introspective concerns of other writers of the period.

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ISBN-13:
9780198112204
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Conventions
Introduction1
1Imogen: Godwin's Fictional Debut13
2Caleb Williams: The Paradigm of the Godwinian Novel35
3Godwin's Historical Novels: Theory and Practice70
4Wieland: Charles Brockden Brown's American Tale105
5Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Myth-Making139
6Mary Shelley's Novels of the 1820s: History and Prophecy175
Afterword: Rereading the Godwinian Novel211
Bibliography220
Index245

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