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The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction


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Daniel Cook, Michael McKeon, Leah Orr, Sarah Raff, Nicholas Seager, M.-C. Newbould, Dahlia Porter, David A. Brewer, Michael Burden, David Francis Taylor, Robert Mayer, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, Peter Sabor
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  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107668584

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  • The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction probes the adaptation and appropriation of a wide range of canonical and lesser-known British and Irish novels in the long eighteenth century, from the period of Daniel Defoe and Eliza Haywood through to that of Jane Austen and Walter Scott. Major authors, including Jonathan Swift, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding and Laurence Sterne, are discussed alongside writers such as Sarah Fielding and Ann Radcliffe, whose literary significance is now increasingly being recognised. By uncovering this neglected aspect of the reception of eighteenth-century fiction, this collection contributes to developing our understanding of the form of the early novel, its place in a broader culture of entertainment then and now, and its interactions with a host of other genres and media, including theatre, opera, poetry, print caricatures and film.

    • Offers new insights into the process of adaptation and appropriation in relation to eighteenth-century fiction
    • Contributors are a mix of leading scholars and exciting new voices in the field
    • The essays provide salient examples of interdisciplinary research across genres and media, such as theatre, opera, poetry, film and visual culture
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    • The chapter 'Rethinking Fictionality in the Eighteenth-Century Puppet Theatre' is the winner of the 2016–17 James L. Clifford Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

    Reviews & endorsements

    'The essays, which are substantially footnoted and usefully cross-referenced, are of a consistently high standard. Cook, Seager and their contributors are to be commended for helping to shape the field as well as extending it through this significant new body of research.' Shaun Regan, The Review of English Studies

    '… The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction succeeds precisely because 'afterlife' is a term practical and versatile enough to unite a range of learned and engaging case studies. Whether or not 'afterlife' supplants related words such as 'adaptation', 'reception', 'intertextuality', or plain old 'literary history', this volume stands as a valuable reminder of the cultural fecundity of eighteenth-century fiction and of the fascinating range of things that can happen to texts.' Jacob Sider Jost, Eighteenth-Century Fiction

    'By showing how a multiplicity of genres proliferated and intermingled with one another, The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction interrogates the rise-of-the-novel tradition and challenges considerations of the eighteenth century as a time preoccupied with definitions of originality. This wide-ranging collection will be useful for beginning and established scholars of the long eighteenth century. Moreover, the case studies contained within its pages, touching on nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century remixes of eighteenth-century texts, demonstrate that the expansive eighteenth-century canon is adapted continually in works of literature and on stage and screen.' Jill Kirsten Anderson, Papers on Language and Literature

    '… a timely, accessible and engaging study of adaptations, remediations, reappropriations and other reinterpretations of eighteenth-century novels. As a result, it is of interest to scholars in literary and adaptation studies alike.' Ana Daniela Coelho, English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107668584
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. On authorship, appropriation, and eighteenth-century fiction Daniel Cook
    2. The afterlife of family romance Michael McKeon
    3. From Pícaro to Pirate: afterlives of the Picaresque in early eighteenth-century fiction Leah Orr
    4. Ghosts of the guardian in Sir Charles Grandison and Bleak House Sarah Raff
    5. The novel's afterlife in the newspaper, 1712–50 Nicholas Seager
    6. Wit and humour for the heart of sensibility: the beauties of Fielding and Sterne M.-C. Newbould
    7. The spectral iamb: the poetic afterlife of the late eighteenth-century novel Dahlia Porter
    8. Rethinking fictionality in the eighteenth-century puppet theatre David A. Brewer
    9. The novel in musical theatre: Pamela, Caleb Williams, Frankenstein and Ivanhoe Michael Burden
    10. Gillray's Gulliver and the 1803 invasion scare David Francis Taylor
    11. Defoe's cultural afterlife, mainly on screen Robert Mayer
    12. Happiness in Austen's Sense and Sensibility and its afterlife in film Jill Heydt-Stevenson
    13. Refashioning The History of England: Jane Austen and 1066 and All That Peter Sabor
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  • Editors

    Daniel Cook, University of Dundee
    Daniel Cook is Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee. He is the author of Thomas Chatterton and Neglected Genius, 1760–1830 (2013), the editor of The Lives of Jonathan Swift (2011) and the co-editor (with Amy Culley) of Women's Life Writing: Gender, Genre, and Authorship, 1700–1850 (2012). Daniel has published essays on a range of topics ranging from Pope to Wordsworth in such journals as The Library, Philological Quarterly, and The Review of English Studies.

    Nicholas Seager, Keele University
    Nicholas Seager is Lecturer in English at Keele University. He has published essays on authors ranging from John Bunyan to Oliver Goldsmith, and in journals including the Modern Language Review, The Library, Philological Quarterly, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and The Eighteenth-Century Novel. He is the author of The Rise of the Novel: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (2012) and a forthcoming monograph, Daniel Defoe and the History of Fictional Form.


    Daniel Cook, Michael McKeon, Leah Orr, Sarah Raff, Nicholas Seager, M.-C. Newbould, Dahlia Porter, David A. Brewer, Michael Burden, David Francis Taylor, Robert Mayer, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, Peter Sabor


    • The chapter 'Rethinking Fictionality in the Eighteenth-Century Puppet Theatre' is the winner of the 2016–17 James L. Clifford Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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