By Paula R. Backscheider, Catherine Ingrassia

A spouse to the Eighteenth-century English Novel and tradition offers an updated source for the research of this topic, foregrounding these subject matters of so much old and political relevance to the twenty-first century. It considers not just the canonical literature of the interval, but additionally the non-canonical literature, and the contexts within which the eighteenth-century novel was once produced.

The quantity is split into 3 components exploring formative impacts at the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the most important matters and philosophies of the interval, and its lasting legacy. each one of those 3 elements is based round the comparable topics, together with globalization, nationhood, expertise, trade, technological know-how, and existence. this permits the significant other to capitalize on state of the art scholarship with no obscuring conventional parameters for the research of the eighteenth-century novel, resembling narrative authority, print tradition, and the increase of the unconventional as a pan-European phenomenon.

The better half as an entire furnishes readers exemplary cultural reviews method and a cosmopolitan imaginative and prescient of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and ethical contexts, and retains them abreast of present severe developments in a box that has replaced dramatically over the last decade.

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Bender, John. Imagining the Penitentiary: Fiction and the Architecture of Mind in Eighteenth-Century England. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987. Bohls, Elizabeth A. Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716–1818. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Bowers, Toni. ’’ In The Columbia History of the British Novel, ed. John Richetti. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994, pp. 50–72. Brown, Laura. Ends of Empire: Women and Ideology in Early Eighteenth-Century English Literature.

It is not simply that this ‘‘incongruous monster’’ represents the ‘‘other’’ against which an English Protestant self must be defined, but that Chinese theology and representational practices threaten to rewrite the very principles of theology, gender, and self-identity. Cannibals, like Friday, can be converted; they are amenable to reason and candidates for revelation. Catholics, like the helpful French priest on Crusoe’s island, can become allies against idolatry. Even the Dutch, with their ‘‘inhuman tortures and barbarities,’’ are Protestants who can be understood within a dialectic of national interest and international rivalry for trade.

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