Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-century English Fiction
"By taking a close look at materials no previous twentieth-century critic has seriously investigated in literary terms--ephemeral journalism, moralistic tracts, questions-and-answer columns, 'wonder' narratives--Paul Hunter discovers a tangled set of roots for the early novel. His provocative argument for a new historicized understanding of the genre and its early readers brilliantly reveals unexpected affinities." --Patricia Meyer Spacks, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, University of Virginia
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What Was New About the Novel?
The Critical Tyranny
A World Well Lost?
the Question of Pleasure
The Guide Tradition
The Contexts of Concern
Private Vices Public Benefits
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