Reading Fictions, 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Literary Criticism - 222 pages
English society in the late 17th and early 18th centuries was fascinated by deception, and concerns about deceptive narratives had a profound effect on reading practices. This study explores ways in which reading habits, first developed to deal with suspect political and religious texts, were applied to a range of genres.
 

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Contents

Sceptical Reading in the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries
19
Strategies
47
CoffeeHouse Wit in the Restoration
61
Reading in the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis
85
News Novels and Imposture 16881702
109
Defoe and hisIlldisposedReaders
127
EighteenthCentury Raillery in Theory and Practice
153
Richardsons Pamela and Fieldings Shamela
175
Conclusion
197
Select Bibliography
203
Index
215
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Kate Loveman is lecturer in English at the University of Leicester, UK.

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