Seventeenth-Century Fiction. Text and Transmission

Abstract : The novel has become a news item. In the past few years, discussion of fiction in all sorts of media has intensified. The prominence of literary critics has increased, the awarding of lucrative book prizes has become more publicized, and reports of the formation of reading groups have proliferated. Seventeenth-Century Fiction: Text and Transmission responds to the present interest in the novel by offering a fresh, broad approach to the history of early modern fiction that shifts away from the outmoded ‘rise-of-the-novel’ perspective and reaches beyond the boundaries of a single national literature. Starting from the literary text and looking outwards, this book focuses on the changes in prose forms and their usage at a critical point in the evolution of modern fiction, and comes to grips with the instabilities of the novel and novella during this period. The essays contained in this volume explore the nature of seventeenth-century fiction and examine how authors fused fictional and non-fictional materials to create new, hybrid genres. Furthermore, Seventeenth-Century Fiction: Text and Transmission takes into consideration the cultural interchange between different geographical regions and languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Neo-Latin), and uncovers the deeper roots of seventeenth-century literary innovation, by casting light on the continental influences on the formation of the English novel and on the role played by women’s writings at the time. This landmark volume not only contributes to a more comprehensive history of the novel but promotes an authentic appreciation of early modern fiction.
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Isabelle Moreau, Jacqueline Glomski. Seventeenth-Century Fiction. Text and Transmission. Jacqueline Glomski; Isabelle Moreau. United Kingdom. Oxford University Press, 2016, 0198737262. ⟨halshs-01924205⟩

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