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Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Patrick Parrinder


What is ‘English’ about the English novel, and how has the idea of the English nation been shaped by the writers of fiction? How do the novel's profound differences from poetry and drama affect its representation of national consciousness? This book sets out to answer these questions by tracing English prose fiction from its late medieval origins through its stories of rogues and criminals, family rebellions and suffering heroines, to the present-day novels of immigration. Major novelists, from Daniel Defoe to authors of the late 20th century, have drawn on national history and mythology in no ... More

Keywords: English novel, English nation, national consciousness, immigration novels, medieval prose, Daniel Defoe, national history, national mythology, national identity, Cavalier

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Parrinder, author
School of English and American Literature, University of Reading

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