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The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750

Thomas Keymer


This volume is the first in a twelve-volume series presenting a comprehensive history of English-language prose fiction. The series is concerned with novels as a whole, not just the ‘literary’ novel, and each volume includes chapters on the processes of production, distribution, and reception, and on popular fiction and the fictional sub-genres, as well as outlining the work of major novelists, movements, traditions, and tendencies. This volume explores the long period between the origins of printing in late fifteenth-century England and the establishment of the novel as a recognized, reputabl ... More

Keywords: prose fiction, novels, novelists, popular fiction, fictional traditions, romance, Elizabethan fiction, translation, adaptation, print culture

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199580033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Keymer, editor
Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Arts & University Professor of English, University of Toronto

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Part 1 Fiction in the Marketplace

4 Cross-Sections (2): 1596–1600

Lori Humphrey Newcomb

5 Cross-Sections (3): 1666–1670

James Grantham Turner

Part II Early Modern Fiction—Sources and Modes

11 Nashe and Satire

Tiffany Stern

14 Utopian Fiction

Daniel Carey

15 Royalist Romance?

Steven N. Zwicker

Part III Restoration Fiction and the Rise of the Novel

22 Finding Their Accounts

Stuart Sherman

24 Epistolary Fiction

Toni Bowers

33 The Pamela Debate

Thomas Lockwood