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The Godwinian Novel: The Rational Fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley

Pamela Clemit


This book is a pioneering analysis of the school of fiction inaugurated by William Godwin, and developed in the works of his principal followers, Charles Brockden Brown and Mary Shelley. In the first study of these authors as a historically specific group, the book argues for a greater unity between Godwin's fictional techniques and his radical political philosophy than has been perceived. Its analysis of the works of Brown and Mary Shelley, moreover, reveals how these writers modified, reshaped, and redefined Godwin's distinctive themes and techniques in response to shifting ideological press ... More

Keywords: William Godwin, Charles Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley, fictional techniques, political philosophy, post-revolutionary period, prose fiction, poetry, British Romanticism, subjective experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112204
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela Clemit, author
University of Durham