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Flint, Christopher, 1957-
The appearance of print in eighteenth-century fiction / Christopher Flint
Alternate Title Appearance of print in 18th-century fiction
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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 4th Floor  PR858.P78 F58 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Fiction -- Publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Publishers and publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Printing -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Books -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Authors and publishers -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Authors and readers -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Fiction -- Appreciation -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Physical Description xi, 282 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-273) and index
Contents Introduction: prose fiction and print culture in eighteenth-century Britain -- Part I. Author, Book, Reader. 1. Pre-scripts: the contexts of literary production -- 2. Post scripts: the fate of the page in Charles Gildon's epistolary fiction -- Part II. Reader, Book, Author. 3. Dark matters: printers' ornaments and the substitutions of text -- 4. Inanimate fiction: circulating stories in object narratives -- 5. Only a female pen: women writers and fictions of the page -- 6. After words -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index

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