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Making the Novel Fiction and Society in Britain, 1660-1789 by Brean Hammond, Shaun Regan

Making the Novel Fiction and Society in Britain, 1660-1789



Making the Novel Fiction and Society in Britain, 1660-1789 by Brean Hammond, Shaun Regan

This book advances a new cultural reading of the formation of the British novel. Rejecting a teleological narrative of the genre's 'rise' and through close analysis of key texts, the authors present a dynamic picture of the emergence of the novel, which focuses upon formal innovation, social engagement, and artistic and commercial competition.


'A wide-ranging and sophisticated study of the novel that neatly combines a survey of the history and theory of the novel with a series of insightful readings of some of the major works of the eighteenth-century. Best of all, it's unfailingly lively and readable and brings the eighteenth-century novel to life.' - Jack Lynch, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA '...[a] thorough and engaging account of the British novel's evolution over the course of the long eighteenth century...The connections forged by Making the Novel bring the period, in all its delightful weirdness, to life - no mean feat.' - Modern Philology'

About the Author

BREAN HAMMOND is Professor of English at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of numerous books and articles on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century writing, including Professional Imaginative Writing in England 1670-1740 (1997). He is a former President of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.SHAUN REGAN is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature at Queen's University Belfast, UK. He has published articles on Sterne, print culture, and the culture of politeness. He was formerly a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin.

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Publication date

3rd January 2006


Brean Hammond, Shaun Regan

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Palgrave Macmillan


280 pages


Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
Cultural studies



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