This collection of authoritative essays represents the latest scholarship on topics relating to the themes, movements, and forms of English fiction, while chronicling its development in Britain from the early 18th century to the present day. * Comprises cutting-edge research currently being undertaken in the field, incorporating the most salient critical trends and approaches * Explores the history, evolution, genres, and narrative elements of the English novel * Considers the advancement of various literary forms including such genres as realism, romance, Gothic, experimental fiction, and adaptation into film * Includes coverage of narration, structure, character, and affect; shifts in critical reception to the English novel; and geographies of contemporary English fiction * Features contributions from a variety of distinguished and high-profile literary scholars, along with emerging younger critics * Includes a comprehensive scholarly bibliography of critical works on and about the novel to aid further reading and research
Stephen Arata is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. In addition to Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siecle (1996) and many essays on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, he is a General Co-Editor of the 38-volume Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson 2014. Madigan Haley holds a PhD from the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where he is a Postdoctoral Preceptor. A comparatist with a special focus on twentieth- and twenty-first century Anglophone literature, he has published on the global novel in the minnesota review and in Novel: A Forum on Fiction. His current book project explores how contemporary world literature gives form to an ethical notion of the global. J. Paul Hunter is Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago and Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia. His publications include Before Novels: The Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth Century English Fiction , winner of the Louis Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Jennifer Wicke is Professor of English at the University of Virginia and former Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature at New York University. She is the author of the forthcoming Born to Shop: Modernism, Modernity, and the Global Work of Consumption.
Notes on Contributors viii Preface xiii Part I The Novel and Its Histories 1 1 The 1740s 3 Patricia Meyer Spacks 2 The 1790s 18 Lynn Festa 3 The 1850s 34 Ivan Kreilkamp 4 The Long 1920s 49 Jennifer Wicke 5 The 2000s 71 Ashley Dawson Part II The Novel and Its Genres 87 6 Realism and the Eighteenth ]Century Novel 89 John Richetti 7 Romance 103 Laurie Langbauer 8 Gothic 117 John Paul Riquelme 9 Popular and Mass ]Market Fiction 132 Janice Carlisle 10 Experimental Fictions 144 Mark Blackwell 11 The Novel into Film 159 Jonathan Freedman Part III The Novel in Pieces 175 12 Some Versions of Narration 177 Alison Booth 13 Some Versions of Form 192 Stephen Arata 14 A Character of Character, in Five Metaphors 209 Deidre Lynch 15 Affect in the English Novel 225 Nicholas Daly Part IV The Novel in Theory 239 16 The Novel in Theory before 1900 241 James Eli Adams 17 The Novel in Theory, 1900 1965 256 Chris Baldick 18 The Novel in Theory After 1965 271 Madigan Haley Part V The Novel in Circulation 289 19 Making a Living as an Author 291 Deirdre David 20 The Network Novel and How It Unsettled Domestic Fiction 306 Nancy Armstrong and Leonard Tennenhouse 21 Reading Novels, Alone and in Groups 321 Andrew Elfenbein Part VI Geographies of the Novel 339 22 London 341 Cynthia Wall 23 The Provincial Novel 360 John Plotz 24 Intranationalisms 373 James Buzard 25 Internationalisms and the Geopolitical Aesthetic 387 Lauren M. E. Goodlad Part VII The Novel, Public and Private 407 26 The Novel and the Everyday 409 Kate Flint 27 The Public Sphere 426 John Marx 28 The Novel and the Nation 441 Christopher GoGwilt 29 World English/World Literature 456 Jonathan Arac Index 471