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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Rise of the Novel

ISBN 9780230251823
Publication Date November 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

This guide explores the dominant methodologies, theories and debates surrounding the emergence of the novel during the eighteenth century. Covering key criticism on authors such as Defoe, Fielding, Richardson and Austen, the emphasis is on how critical work is interrelated, allowing readers to discern trends in the critical conversation.

NICHOLAS SEAGER is Lecturer in English Literature at Keele University, UK.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Accounts of the Rise of the Novel
New Criticism to The Rise of the Novel, 1924-1957
Restructuring the Rise of the Novel, 1958-1985
Cultural History and the Rise of the Novel, 1980-1989
Feminism and the Rise of the Novel
Postcolonialism, Postnationalism and the Rise of the Novel
Rethinking the Rise of the Novel, 1990-2000
Print Culture and the Rise of the Novel, 1990-2010
Thematic Criticism of the Rise of the Novel 1: Family, Law, Sex and Society
Thematic Criticism of the Rise of the Novel 2: Money, Medicine, Politics and Things


Each chapter lucidly summarizes important critical texts as well as writers of the time, including Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Jane Austen, and Apra Behn. The author offers a comprehensive yet concise overview of the rise of the novel that will benefit students and teachers of English literature. Recommended reading.' - Choice
'A remarkably comprehensive, lucid, and well-organised account of 'rise of the novel' criticism from the later seventeenth century to the present. Its judgements about the main lines of this criticism, and its assessments of the issues at stake, are judicious and convincing.' - Shaun Regan, Queen's University Belfast, UK
'The 'rise of the novel' is one of the most contested areas in modern criticism - there's little agreement on what constitutes a 'novel' and when, how, even whether it 'rose.' Mountains of scholarship have been published on the subject, and pity the poor beginner who has to make sense of it. Nicholas Seager deserves thanks for this gentle but rigorous introduction to the arguments over the eighteenth-century novel, a learned, wide-ranging, and scrupulously fair overview of the major accounts of the form.' - Jack Lynch, Rutgers University, USA
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