By Stephen Arata, Madigan Haley, J. Paul Hunter, Jennifer Wicke
"Explores the heritage, evolution, genres, and narrative parts of the English novel, whereas chronicling its improvement from the early 18th century to the current day"--
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He claims wide knowledge derived from wide experience. Most 16 Patricia Meyer Spacks important, he claims absolute control over his characters and the happenings that involve them, and he makes that control convincing. Most readers over the age of, say, seven know that authors invent and manage their characters, even though they (we) don’t remember this every minute. Fielding’s narrator, though, makes his presence constantly felt. Self‐aware and domineering, he emphasizes his power; intersperses into his text essays about novelistic practice, the imagination, and moral responsibility; and calls upon readers to use their own experience as a basis for understanding his fiction.
Who counts as a neighbor, 20 Lynn Festa friend, fellow creature, as human? Who has a title to rights, and how can these rights be attained? Fictions of the 1790s both redefine the individual, and draw the individual into relations with a broader public, creating imagined communities and structuring the identification of readers with characters so as to define the terms of inclusion and exclusion. As these texts draw eclipsed subjects into view, they reconfigure the constel lation of identities (including those of empowered men) that are derived from and in opposition to these groups.
This emphasis on the experimental and transformative capacities of fiction turns us away from narratives of the rise of the novel that emphasize realism, for when fiction is designed to be revolutionary, it no longer can be exclusively mimetic. “Even as the novel began to totalize its mimetic range,” as Ian Duncan has argued, “it reasserted fiction, and not mimesis, as its critical principle, in an elaborate commitment to plot … as a grammar of formal conventions, that is, a shared cultural order distinct from material and histor ical contingency.
A Companion to the English Novel by Stephen Arata, Madigan Haley, J. Paul Hunter, Jennifer Wicke