Drawing the trajectory from Ian Watt to critics like Michael McKeon, Nancy Armstrong, Catherine Gallagher, Deidre Lynch, and Franco Moretti, the Introduction to this special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation engages the ongoing conversation about the novel-an entity that remains provisional, openended, and far from monolithic. This special issue gives us a new picture of the eighteenth-century novel not so much as a unified body, but as self-conscious permutations of fiction that drift rather than march into mixed forms of realism. For this reason, fiction-with its meaning rooted in fashioning, framing, and inventing-is a more apt term for the elastic imaginative prose narratives of eighteenth-century England than novel.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 2011|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cultural Studies
- Arts and Humanities(all)