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Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder

Sarah Tindal Kareem

Abstract

A footprint materializes mysteriously on a deserted shore; a giant helmet falls from the sky; a traveler awakens to find his horse dangling from a church steeple. Eighteenth-century fiction brims with moments such as these, in which the prosaic rubs up against the marvelous. While it is a truism that the period’s literature is distinguished by its realism and air of probability, Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder argues that wonder is integral to—rather than antithetical to—the developing techniques of novelistic fiction. Positioning its reader on the cusp between recogni ... More

Keywords: wonder, novels, fiction, eighteenth century, Enlightenment, marvelous, marvellous, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689101.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Tindal Kareem, author
Assistant Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles