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The Politics of Custom in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction (Hardcover)

Author: Bowen, Scarlet

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"The Politics of Custom in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction "breaks new ground in the history of the novel by revealing both the persistent influence of popular culture and of an older, patrician model of social relations. Bowen demonstrates that this "customary culture" had effects not just on novelistic representation, but on the British imagination as a whole. Resisting the view of the novel''s rise as one of increasing refinement and politeness, Bowen draws from a variety of popular sources, such as the criminal broadside, ballad, graphic prints, and pantomimes to foreground the eighteenth-century novel''s cultural and social hybridity. This book further argues that representations of popular and laboring culture serve as repositories of traditional social values, strategically mobilized by authors such as Defoe, Richardson, Smollett, and Godwin in order to both impede and make palatable Britain''s transition to a modern, capitalist and imperial state.


Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Mfg Part# 9780230103542
SKU 212646552
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0230103545
Release Date 8/31/2010
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