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Novel Machines: Technology and Narrative Form in Enlightenment Britain

Joseph Drury


Novel Machines argues that many of the most important formal innovations in eighteenth-century fiction were critical responses to the new prominence of machines in Britain’s Industrial Enlightenment. Although narratives and machines had been seen as sharing a basic affinity since Aristotle, their relationship acquired a new urgency in the eighteenth century as authors sought to organize their narratives according to the new ideas about nature, art, and the human subject that emerged out of the Scientific Revolution. Novel Machines tracks the consequences of this effort to transform the novel i ... More

Keywords: fiction, narrative, technology, science, materialism, dynamics, modernity, empiricism, history, theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792383
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198792383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Drury, author
Assistant Professor of English, Villanova University