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Theatre and the novel, from Behn to Fielding

Abstract:

Ever since Ian Watt’s The Rise of the novel (1957), many critics have argued that a constitutive element of the early ‘novel’ is its embrace of realism. Anne F. Widmayer contends, however, that Restoration and early eighteenth-century prose narratives employ techniques that distance the reading audience from an illusion of reality; irony, hypocrisy, and characters who are knowingly acting for an audience are privileged, highlighting the artificial and false in fictional works.
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Published
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Publisher:
Voltaire Foundation Publisher's website
Publication date:
2017-11-30
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VF1:522
Language:
English
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