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Shakespeare and the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Cultures of Quotation from Samuel Richardson to Jane Austen

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  • Date Published: March 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107132405

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  • The eighteenth century has long been acknowledged as a pivotal period in Shakespeare's reception, transforming a playwright requiring 'improvement' into a national poet whose every word was sacred. Scholars have examined the contribution of performances, adaptations, criticism and editing to this process of transformation, but the crucial role of fiction remains overlooked. Shakespeare and the Eighteenth-Century Novel reveals for the first time the prevalence, and the importance, of fictional characters' direct quotations from Shakespeare. Quoting characters ascribe emotional and moral authority to Shakespeare, redeploy his theatricality, and mock banal uses of his words; by shaping in this way what is considered valuable about Shakespeare, the novel accrues new cultural authority of its own. Shakespeare underwrites, and is underwritten by, the eighteenth-century novel, and this book reveals the lasting implications for both of their reputations.

    • Reveals that Shakespeare and prose fiction help to establish each other as dominant cultural forms in the eighteenth century
    • Traces the contribution of literary quotation to the narrative innovations of the eighteenth century and beyond
    • Reveals fascinating new sources for familiar narrative techniques, such as Austen's free indirect speech
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    'Rumbold’s book is an intricate, thoughtful contribution to Shakespeare studies and criticism of the novel. As an elegant fusion of literary analysis and cultural history, it will also appeal to scholars interested in reception theory and cultures of reading. Its interdisciplinary approach and subtler lines of argument might be better suited to advanced students or specialists, but its lucid, lively style and original insights must recommend it to everyone; it is as entertaining and thought-provoking as the novels it so vibrantly discusses.' Megan Taylor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107132405
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Quotation culture
    3. Shakespeare's novel authority
    4. Theatrical Shakespeare
    5. Banal Shakespeare
    6. Ann Radcliffe's Gothic epigraphs
    7. Jane Austen and eighteenth-century Shakespeare
    8. Conclusions

  • Author

    Kate Rumbold, University of Birmingham
    Kate Rumbold is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Birmingham. She has published widely on the quotation and reception of Shakespeare, with particular focus on the eighteenth century, and is the co-author, with Kate McLuskie, of Cultural Value in Twenty-First-Century England: The Case of Shakespeare (2014).

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