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Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel

Thomas Keymer


The author of Tristram Shandy (1759-67) is often seen as an anachronism — either a belated exponent of learned-wit satire whose kinship is with Montaigne, or a proto-modernist whose narrative pyrotechnics anticipate Joyce. Yet to many contemporaries Sterne's writing was emphatically of its immediate time, a voguish compound of all things modern that seemed to typify, if not indeed constitute, a ‘Shandy-Age’. This book demonstrates the self-conscious imbrication of Tristram Shandy in the diverse literary culture of its extended moment. Not only absorbing but also updating Swift's Tale of a Tub, ... More

Keywords: Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, narrative, intertextuality, reading, serialization, satire, novel, Seven Years War

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245925
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Keymer, author
Elmore Fellow and Tutor in English Language and Literature, St Anne's College, Oxford, and Lecturer in English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

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PART ONE Narrative Discourse and Print Culture from Pamela to Tristram Shandy

PART TWO The Serialization of Tristram Shandy

PART THREE Sterne in the Literary Culture of the 1760s

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