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Tradition in TransitionWomen Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon$
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Alvaro Ribeiro and James G. Basker

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182887

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182887.001.0001

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At the Boundaries of Fiction: Samuel Paterson’s Another Traveller!

At the Boundaries of Fiction: Samuel Paterson’s Another Traveller!

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(p.144) 9 At the Boundaries of Fiction: Samuel Paterson’s Another Traveller!
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Tradition in Transition
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Katherine S.H. Turner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182887.003.0009

For some 200 years, the ‘imitations’ of Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey which fill the ‘minor fiction’ pages of bibliographies have been subject to critical denigration. This chapter examines one of the most successful of the denigrated ‘imitators’ of A Sentimental Journey. Specifically, it looks at Samuel Paterson’s Another Traveller!, which was hailed by the Monthly and Critical Reviews as a literary and moral tour de force. By exploring the closely related issues of genre and originality, and placing these within a historical framework, new light is thrown on the social and political importance of the ‘sentimental’ travel narrative.

Keywords:   travel literature, travel narrative, A Sentimental Journey, Samuel Paterson, Another Traveller

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