Journals Higher Education



Published: 13 January 2018

744 Pages | Halftones

9.7 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780199580033

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750

Edited by Thomas Keymer

Oxford History of the Novel in English

  • A major reference work that brings together leading international specialists to explore the origins of printing in late fifteenth-century England, to the rise of the novel in the mid eighteenth century
  • Includes extensive coverage of European traditions of fiction and their influence on writers in English, with chapters on major writers such as Rabelais and Cervantes, and on genres including the ancient novel, chivalric romance, and Spanish rogue fiction
  • Relates the emergent novel to numerous other genres and modes such as voyage narrative, life writing, religious allegory, and journalism, and to the material contexts of authorship, publishing, and reading practices
  • Situates canonical writers and works from Nashe and Sidney, to Richardson and Fielding against the background of hundreds of lesser known or entirely forgotten works of the extended period
  • Unique feature of four 'cross-sections' chapters undertaking exhaustive surveys of the varieties of fiction produced in specimen five-year periods