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Epic into Novel: Henry Fielding, Scriblerian Satire, and the Consumption of Classical Literature

Henry Power


This book looks at Henry Fielding’s adaptation of classical epic in the context of what he called the ‘Trade of … authoring’. Fielding stressed that his novels were modelled on classical literature. Equally, he was fascinated by—and wrote at length about—the fact that they were objects to be consumed. He recognized that he wrote in an age when an author had to consider himself ‘as one who keeps a public Ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their Money’. In describing his work, he alludes both to Homeric epic and to contemporary cookery books. This tension between Fielding’s commitmen ... More

Keywords: Fielding, Swift, Pope, Gay, Scriblerian, epic, novel, satire, consumption, classical reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723875
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Power, author
Senior Lecturer in English, University of Exeter