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The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction

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  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008397

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  • Eighteenth-century fiction holds an unusual place in the history of modern print culture. The novel gained prominence largely because of advances in publishing, but, as a popular genre, it also helped shape those very developments. Authors in the period manipulated the appearance of the page and print technology more deliberately than has been supposed, prompting new forms of reception among readers. Christopher Flint's book explores works by both obscure 'scribblers' and canonical figures, such as Swift, Haywood, Defoe, Richardson, Sterne and Austen, that interrogated the complex interactions between the book's material aspects and its producers and consumers. Flint links historical shifts in how authors addressed their profession to how books were manufactured and how readers consumed texts. He argues that writers exploited typographic media to augment other crucial developments in prose fiction, from formal realism and free indirect discourse to accounts of how 'the novel' defined itself as a genre.

    • Analyses how authors, readers and booksellers shaped the novel in the early stages of its development
    • Will appeal to scholars of eighteenth-century literature, the novel and the history of the book
    • Illustrated with 30 examples of innovative layouts and illustrations from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
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    "The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth Century Fiction … offers a rich account of Richardson's typographical practices, linking these to Sterne and Mackenzie: this situation of Richardson within such a tradition is one aspect of the study, but a welcome one."
    The Eighteenth Century

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008397
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Author, Book, Reader:
    1. Preface: prose fiction and print culture in eighteenth-century Britain
    2. Pre-scripts: the contexts of literary production
    3. Post scripts: the fate of the page in Charles Gildon's epistolary fiction
    Part II. Reader, Book, Author:
    4. In other words: printers' ornaments and the substitutions of text
    5. Inanimate fiction: circulating stories in object narratives
    6. Only a female pen: women writers and fictions of the page
    7. After words

  • Author

    Christopher Flint, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
    Christopher Flint is Associate Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.

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