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Misfit Forms: Paths Not Taken by the British Novel

Lorri G. Nandrea

Abstract

Misfit Forms re-interprets a series of choices that shaped the development of the British novel. Histories of the novel often situate the early nineteenth century as a culminating moment in the novel's “rise.” However, a look at the complicated junctions negotiated by the novel during the eighteenth century reveals not only achievements but also exclusions—paths less travelled. Pairing readings of novels by Defoe, Sterne, Gaskell, Hardy, and Charlotte Brontë with less familiar texts, including printer's manuals and grammar treatises, each chapter brings out an occluded mode. As argued in chapt ... More

Keywords: British Novel, History of the Novel, Rise of the Novel, Theory of the Novel, Novel reading, Deleuze, Eighteenth-century novel, Nineteenth-century novel, Plot structure, Affect theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823263431
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263431.001.0001

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Lorri G. Nandrea, author

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