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

ISBN : 9780199580033

Thomas Keymer
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171 x 246 mm
Oxford History of the Novel in English

The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars. 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. Volume 1 explores the long period between the origins of printing in late fifteenth-century England and the establishment of the novel as a recognized, reputable genre in the mid eighteenth century. Later chapters in the volume provide original, authoritative accounts of innovations by the major canonical authors, notably Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding, who have traditionally been seen as pioneering 'the rise of the novel', in Ian Watt's famous phrase. With its extended chronological and geographical range, however, the volume also contextualizes these eighteenth-century developments in revelatory new ways, to provide a fresh, bold, and comprehensive account of the richness and variety of fictional traditions as they developed over two and a half centuries. The volume thus establishes a newly comprehensive mapping of early fiction that rectifies the shortcomings and exclusions of established 'rise of the novel' scholarship. These include the relative neglect of the importance of women writers, following Behn's reinvention of romance in the 1680s, in shaping novelistic themes and techniques; a restrictive generic definition based on circumstantial and psychological realism to the exclusion of non-realist modes that flourished for centuries beforehand; a teleological bias that overlooks or downgrades phases and types of fiction production, such as the richly variegated category of Elizabethan fiction, that resist being assimilated into narratives of evolution or ascent; a reductive Anglocentrism that leaves out of account the translation, reception, and pervasive influence from the sixteenth century onwards of, among much else, the 'ancient novel' of Apuleius and Heliodorus; Byzantine, Arabian, and Eastern traditions; the Italian novella from Boccaccio to Bandello; Spanish picaresque and anti-romance; and a range of French narrative modes from Rabelais to Marivaux. Alongside these key contexts, the volume treats the emergent novel as, above all, a phenomenon of print culture, with close attention to conditions of authorship, publishing, and reading across the extended period.


General Editor's Preface
Thomas Keymer: Introduction
Editorial Note
Note on the British Currency before Decimalization

Part 1: Fiction in the Marketplace
1 Paul Salzman: Authorship, Publication, Reception: 1470-1660
2 Robert D. Hume: Authorship, Publication, Reception: 1660-1750
3 Cathy Shrank: Cross-Sections: 1516-1520
4 Lori Humphrey Newcomb: Cross-Sections: 1596-1600
5 James Grantham Turner: Cross-Sections: 1666-1670
6 Pat Rogers: Cross-Sections: 1716-1720

Part 2: Early Modern Fiction - Sources and Modes
7 Alexandra Gillespie: Fiction and the Origins of Print
8 Robert H. F. Carver: English Fiction and the Ancient Novel
9 Helen Moore: Chivalric Romance and Novella Collections
10 Nandini Das: Euphuism and Courtly Fiction
11 Tiffany Stern: Nashe and Satire
12 R. W. Maslen: Elizabethan Popular Romance and the Popular Novel
13 Gavin Alexander: 'The conjunction cannot be hurtful'? Sidney's Arcadia and Mingled Genres
14 Daniel Carey: Utopian Fiction
15 Steven N. Zwicker: Royalist Romance?
16 Simon Dickie: Picaresque and Rogue Fiction
17 Brean Hammond: Cervantes, Anti-Romance, and the Novella
18 Nicholas McDowell: Rabelaisian Comedy and Satire
19 Michael Davies: Bunyan and Religious Allegory

Part 3: Restoration Fiction and the Rise of the Novel
20 Nicholas Hudson: Formal Experimentation and Theories of Fiction
21 John Richetti: Non-Fictional Discourses and the Novel
22 Stuart Sherman: Finding Their Accounts: Autobiography, Novel, and the Move from Self 'to you-ward'
23 Ros Ballaster: Classical French Fiction and the Restoration Novel
24 Toni Bowers: Epistolary Fiction
25 Paul Baines: Pornography and the Novel
26 Jenny Davidson: Restoration Theatre, and the Novel
27 Cynthia Wall: Exploration, Expansion, and the Early Novel
28 James Watt: Arabian Nights and Oriental Spies
29 Moyra Haslett: The Rise of the Irish Novel
30 Jane Spencer: Scandal and Amatory Fiction
31 J. Paul Hunter: Defoe, Journalism, and the Early English Novel: Contexts and Models
32 Claude Rawson: Swift, Satire, and the Novel
33 Thomas Lockwood: The Pamela Debate
34 Alan Downie: Clarissa and Tom Jones
35 Peter Sabor: 'Moral Romance' and the Novel at Mid-Century


Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Jackman Professor in the Arts and University Professor of English at the University of Toronto. He previously taught at St Anne's College, Oxford, where he remains a Supernumerary Fellow. He also serves as General Editor of The Review of English Studies and co-General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. His most recent books include The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne (2009), the Oxford World's Classics edition of William Beckford's Vathek (2013) and Poetics of the Pillory: English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820, forthcoming in OUP's Clarendon Lectures in English series.