Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740
Edition: 15th 2002 (Anniversary)
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Description: The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740, combines historical analysis and readings of extraordinarily diverse texts to reconceive the foundations of the dominant genre of the modern era. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of its initial publication, The Origins of the English Novel stands as essential reading. The anniversary edition features a new introduction in which the author reflects on the considerable response and commentary the book has attracted since its publication by describing dialectical method and by applying it to early modern notions of gender. Challenging prevailing theories that tie the origins of the novel to the ascendancy of "realism" and the "middle class," McKeon argues that this new genre arose in response to the profound instability of literary and social categories. Between 1600 and 1740, momentous changes took place in European attitudes toward truth in narrative and toward virtue in the individual and the social order. The novel emerged, McKeon contends, as a cultural instrument designed to engage the epistemological and social crises of the age.
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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 4/22/2002
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|Introduction to the Fifteenth Anniversary Edition|
|Introduction: Dialectical Method in Literary History|
|Questions of Truth|
|The Destabilization of Generic Categories|
|The Evidence of the Senses: Secularization and Epistemological Crisis|
|Histories of the Individual|
|Questions of Virtue|
|The Destabilization of Social Categories|
|Absolutism and Capitalist Ideology: The Volatility of Reform|
|Stories of Virtue|
|The Dialectical Constitution of the Novel|
|Romance Transformations (I) : Cervantes and the Disenchantment of the World|
|Romance Transformations (II) : Bunyan and Literalization of Allegory|
|Parables of the Younger Son (I) : Defoe and the Naturalization of Desire|
|Parables of the Younger Son (II) : Swift and the Containment of Desire|
|The Institutionalization of Conflict (I) : Richardson and the Domestication of Service|
|The Institutionalization of Conflict (II) : Fielding and the Instrumentality of Belief|