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The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820

Peter Garside and Karen O'Brien


This volume examines the period from 1750–1820, which was a crucial period in the development of the novel in English. Not only was it the time of Smollett, Sterne, Austen, and Scott, but it also saw the establishment and definition of the novel as we know it, as well as the emergence of a number of subgenres, several of which remain to this day. Conventionally however, it has been one of the least studied areas—seen as a falling off from the heyday of Richardson and Fielding, or merely a prelude to the great Victorian novelists. This book takes full advantage of recent major advances in schol ... More

Keywords: novel, Smollett, Sterne, Austen, Scott, Victorian novelists, magazine fiction, children's literature, drama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199574803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199574803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Garside, editor
Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Karen O'Brien, editor
Vice Principal (Education) and Professor of English Literature,, King's College London

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Part I Book Production and Distribution

1 Production

James Raven

2 Authorship

Peter Garside

3 Circulation

David Allan

Part II Major Authors and Traditions

12 The National Tale

Claire Connolly

14 Evangelical Fiction

Anthony Mandal

Part III Generic Variations and Narrative Structures

20 Epistolary Fiction

Nicola J. Watson

Part IV Contexts

23 Fictions of the Union

Thomas Keymer

Part V Alternative Forms of Fiction

28 The Novel and the Stage

Gillian Russell

Part VI Assimilation and Cultural Interchanges

32 Foreign Imports

Jenny Mander