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Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Authorship from Manuscript to Print


  • Date Published: August 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108493857

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  • Revisions form a natural part of the writing process, but is the concept of revision actually an intrinsic part of the formation of the novel genre? Through the recovery and analysis of material from novel manuscripts and post-publication revisions, Hilary Havens identifies a form of 'networked authorship'. By tracing authors' revisions to their novels, the influence of familial and literary circles, reviewers, and authors' own previous writings can be discerned. Havens focuses on the work of Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney, Jane Austen, and Maria Edgeworth to challenge the individualistic view of authorship that arose during the Romantic period, and argues that networked authorship shaped the composition of eighteenth-century novels. Exploring these themes of collaboration and social networks, as well as engaging with the burgeoning trend towards textual recovery, this work is an important contribution in the study of eighteenth-century novels and their manuscript counterparts.

    • Proposes a new model of eighteenth-century authorship and its dependence on the networks in which writers lived and worked
    • Uses the act of revision to formulate new interpretations and understandings of Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney, Jane Austen, and Maria Edgeworth, as well as Laurence Sterne, Matthew Lewis, and William Godwin
    • Discusses many previously unexplored manuscripts and uses digital paleography to recover deleted portions of manuscripts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108493857
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Samuel Richardson: 'fan fiction' and networked authorship
    2. Frances Burney: obliterations and unending revisions
    3. Jane Austen: revision as empowerment
    4. Maria Edgeworth: scientific knowledge, didactic moralism, and her 'family jury of critics'.

  • Author

    Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Hilary Havens is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Tennessee. She is the editor of Didactic Novels and British Women's Writing, 1790–1820 (2017), and co-editor of the correspondence of Samuel Richardson and Edward Young, which will be published in The Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Samuel Richardson (Cambridge, forthcoming).

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