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Bad FormSocial Mistakes and the Nineteenth-Century Novel$
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Kent Puckett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332759

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332759.001.0001

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Introduction: Making Mistakes

Introduction: Making Mistakes

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(p.3) Introduction: Making Mistakes
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Kent Puckett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332759.003.0001

The Introduction outlines the author's intentions in writing this book. This book, the Introduction says, is about mistakes, but not every single mistake. It presents instead an argument about the relationship between the social mistake, the narrative omniscience of certain 19th-century novels, and the middle class social order and it's authority over such novels of that era. The book focus is on a certain kind of mistake. The Introduction then outlines the novels which form part of the book's discussion and explains the reasons why these novels feature. The Introduction finally summarizes the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   mistakes, narrative omniscience, 19th-century novel, social order, social mistake

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