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Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825: Intercepted Letters, Interrupted Seductions

Nicola J. Watson


Whatever happened to the epistolary novel? Why was it that by 1825 the principal narrative form of 18th-century fiction had been replaced by the third-person and often historicised models which have predominated ever since? This original and wide-ranging study charts the suppression of epistolary fiction, exploring the attempted radicalization of the genre by Wollstonecraft and other feminists in the 1790s, its rejection and parody by Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth, the increasingly discredited role played by letters in the historical novels of Jane Porter and Walter Scott, and their troublin ... More

Keywords: epistolary fiction, Wollstonecraft, feminism, Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth, letters, Jane Porter, Walter Scott, Gothic, James Hogg

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112976
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicola J. Watson, author
Northwestern University