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The Resource The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814 : the Struggle for History's Authority

The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814 : the Struggle for History's Authority

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The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814 : the Struggle for History's Authority
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The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814
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the Struggle for History's Authority
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Language
eng
Summary
This study examines how debates about history during the French Revolution informed and changed the nature of the British novel between 1790 and 1814. During these years, intersections between history, political ideology, and fiction, as well as the various meanings of the term "history" itself, were multiple and far reaching. Morgan Rooney elucidates these subtleties clearly and convincingly. While political writers of the 1790s - Burke, Price, Mackintosh, Paine, Godwin, Wollstonecraft, and others - debate the historical meaning of the Glorious Revolution as a prelude to broader ideological arguments about the significance of the past for the present and future, novelists engage with this discourse by representing moments of the past or otherwise vying to enlist the authority of history to further a reformist or loyalist agenda. Anti-Jacobin novelists such as Charles Walker, Robert Bisset, and Jane West draw on Burkean historical discourse to characterize the reform movement as ignorant of the complex operations of historical accretion. For their part, reform-minded novelists such as Charlotte Smith, William Godwin, and Maria Edgeworth travesty Burke's tropes and arguments so as to undermine and then redefine the category of history. As the Revolution crisis recedes, new novel forms such as Edgeworth's regional novel, Lady Morgan's national tale, and Jane Porter's early historical fiction emerge, but historical representation-largely the legacy of the 1790s' novel-remains an increasingly pronounced feature of the genre. Whereas the representation of history in the novel, Rooney argues, is initially used strategically by novelists involved in the Revolution debate, it is appropriated in the early nineteenth century by authors such as Edgeworth, Morgan, and Porter for other, often related ideological purposes before ultimately developing into a stable, non-partisan, aestheticized feature of the form as practised by Walter Scott. The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814 demonstrates that the transformation of the novel at this fascinating juncture of British political and literary history contributes to the emergence of the historical novel as it was first realized in Scott's Waverley (1814)
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IDEBK
Dewey number
823.009/358
Index
index present
LC call number
PR129 .F8 R67 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Bucknell University Press
Series statement
Transits: literature, thought & culture, 1650-1850
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  • English fiction
  • France
  • English fiction
  • English fiction
  • Literature and history
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • English fiction
  • English fiction
  • Literature and history
  • France
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The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814 : the Struggle for History's Authority
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Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1688 in the 1790s: strategies for interpreting the glorious revolution -- The presence of the past: the discourses of history -- Order under siege: the discourses of history in the anti-Jacobin novel -- The crumbling (e)state: the problem of history in the novel of reform -- Representing history in a post-revolutionary age: varieties of early historical fiction
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822041484
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1 online resource (233 pages).
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781283834612
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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unknown
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unknown
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)822041484
Label
The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814 : the Struggle for History's Authority
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1688 in the 1790s: strategies for interpreting the glorious revolution -- The presence of the past: the discourses of history -- Order under siege: the discourses of history in the anti-Jacobin novel -- The crumbling (e)state: the problem of history in the novel of reform -- Representing history in a post-revolutionary age: varieties of early historical fiction
Control code
822041484
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (233 pages).
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283834612
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)822041484

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