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The Sentimental Novel in the Eighteenth Century

Albert J. Rivero, Gary Kelly, Ros Ballaster, Bonnie Latimer, Barbara M. Benedict, Gillian Dow, Jonathan Lamb, Maureen Harkin, Brycchan Carey, Hannah Doherty Hudson, Joseph F. Bartolomeo, Melissa Sodeman
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  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108418928

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  • As a literary genre, the sentimental novel reached the height of its vogue in the 1770s and 1780s and was still popular as the eighteenth century drew to a close. This volume presents a comprehensive exploration of the sentimental novel in the eighteenth century, beginning with its origins in the so-called amatory fiction of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Chapters from leading scholars combine the various aspects and contexts of the genre, from politics, slavery, women writers, and the Gothic to the sentimental novel in America, France and Germany, with historically informed close readings of novels by writers including Samuel Richardson (1689–1761), Laurence Sterne (1713–68) and Jane Austen (1775–1817). This volume demonstrates that the sentimental novel continues to engage readers and critics and that, far from being obsolete or only of antiquary interest, it remains a vibrant and exciting area of study.

    • Delivers a thorough and accessible survey of the literary genre of the sentimental novel in Britain in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries
    • Combines the investigation of various contexts and aspects of the genre with close readings of novels by writers such as Samuel Richardson (1689–61), Laurence Sterne (1713–68) and Jane Austen (1775–1817)
    • Provides a wider context for the sentimental novel by studying the genre in France, Germany and America
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    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108418928
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Albert J. Rivero
    1. The sentimental novel and politics Gary Kelly
    2. Sensible readers: experiments in feeling in early prose fiction by women Ros Ballaster
    3. Reading for the sentiment: Richardson's novels Bonnie Latimer
    4. The virtuous in distress: David Simple, Amelia, Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph Barbara M. Benedict
    5. Sentiment from abroad: French novels after 1748 Gillian Dow
    6. Sterne's sentimental empiricism Jonathan Lamb
    7. Virtue not rewarded: The Man of Feeling and The Sorrows of Young Werther Maureen Harkin
    8. Slavery and the novel of sentiment Brycchan Carey
    9. Sentiment and the Gothic: failures of emotion in the novels of Mrs Radcliffe and the Minerva Press Hannah Doherty Hudson
    10. The sentimental novel in America: The History of Emily Montague, Charlotte Temple, The Power of Sympathy, The Coquette Joseph F. Bartolomeo
    11. Novel anachronisms: Sophia Lee's The Life of a Lover and Frances Burney's The Wanderer Melissa Sodeman
    12. Jane Austen and the sentimental novel Albert J. Rivero
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    Albert J. Rivero, Marquette University, Wisconsin
    Albert J. Rivero, Professor of English at Marquette University, has published widely on British literature of the long eighteenth century. He has edited critical editions of Gulliver's Travels (2002), Moll Flanders (2004), Samuel Richardson's Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded (Cambridge, 2011) and Pamela in Her Exalted Condition (Cambridge, 2012).

    Contributors

    Albert J. Rivero, Gary Kelly, Ros Ballaster, Bonnie Latimer, Barbara M. Benedict, Gillian Dow, Jonathan Lamb, Maureen Harkin, Brycchan Carey, Hannah Doherty Hudson, Joseph F. Bartolomeo, Melissa Sodeman

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