The Cambridge Companion to Fiction in the Romantic Period

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Richard Maxwell, Katie Trumpener
Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2008 - Literary Criticism
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While poetry has been the genre most closely associated with the Romantic period, the novel of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has attracted many more readers and students in recent years. Its canon has been widened to include less well known authors alongside Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth and Thomas Love Peacock. Over the last generation, especially, a remarkable range of popular works from the period have been re-discovered and reread intensively. This Companion offers an overview of British fiction written between roughly the mid-1760s and the early 1830s and is an ideal guide to the major authors, historical and cultural contexts, and later critical reception. The contributors to this volume represent the most up-to-date directions in scholarship, charting the ways in which the period's social, political and intellectual redefinitions created new fictional subjects, forms and audiences.
 

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Contents

The historiography of fiction in the Romantic period
7
Publishing authorship and reading
23
Gothic fiction
47
The historical novel
65
novelistic worlds in provincial fiction
89
Poetry and the novel
107
Orientalism and empire
129
Intellectual history and political theory
143
Tales for child readers
177
Sentimental fiction
191
Fiction and the working classes
207
The Irish novel 18001829
235
Scotland and the novel
251
Guide to further reading
265
Index
279
Copyright

the trope of maternal transmission
159

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Richard Maxwell is Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University.

Katie Trumpener is Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University.

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