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Nation & NovelThe English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day$
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Patrick Parrinder

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264858

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.001.0001

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Histories of Rebellion: From 1688 to 1793

Histories of Rebellion: From 1688 to 1793

(p.82) 4 Histories of Rebellion: From 1688 to 1793
Nation & Novel

Patrick Parrinder

Oxford University Press

History has been used in different novels during the late 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. A connection between romance and history is explored in the chapter. Several writers recommend that history romance be written in a natural way in the same way that history itself employs. Roman à clef, a way of narrating a ‘secret’ history through fiction, also became a popular literary form during this time. Other instances where fictions could be disguised to avoid censorship are examined in the chapter. Samuel Richardson's Virtue and Rebellion and several works of Tobias Smollet are all reviewed in the chapter to decipher their connection to the political events that happened.

Keywords:   history, fiction, Samuel Richardson, roman à clef, romance, Tobias Smollet

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