The origins of the English novel, 1600-1740 / Michael McKeon ; with a new introduction by the author.

By: McKeon, Michael, 1943-
Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002Edition: 15th anniversary edDescription: xxix, 529 p. ; 23 cmISBN: 0801869951 (alk. paper); 0801869595 (pbk. : acidfree paper)Subject(s): English fiction -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism | English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticismDDC classification: 823.309 MCO LOC classification: PR841 | .M3 2002Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Table of contents | Publisher description | OCLC | Ebook Fulltext
Contents:
Introduction: Dialectical Method in Literary History -- Ch. 1. The Destabilization of Generic Categories -- 1. "Romance" as a Simple Abstraction -- 2. Precursors Revolutions: The Greek Enlightenment -- 3. Precursor Revolutions: The Twelfth-Century Renaissance -- 4. Historicism and the Historical Revolution -- 5. The Claim to Historicity -- 6. Native Empiricism and Extreme Skepticism -- 7. Romance, Antiromance, True History -- Ch. 2. The Evidence of the Senses: Secularization and Epistemological Crisis -- 1. The Contradictory Unity of the New Philosophy -- 2. "Natural History" as a Narrative Model -- 3. "Religion versus Science" and the Problem of Mediation -- 4. The Literalizing of Revelation -- 5. Apparition Narratives -- Ch. 3. Histories of the Individual -- 1. From Saint's Life to Spiritual Biography -- 2. From Picaresque to Criminal Biography -- 3. From Christian Pilgrimage to Scientific Travel -- 4. The Empirical Style Becomes Problematic -- 5. The Emergence of Extreme Skepticism -- 6. Toward Realism, the Aesthetic, and Human Creativity -- Ch. 4. The Destabilization of Social Categories -- 1. Aristocratic Ideology -- 2. Precursor Revolutions: The Greek Enlightenment -- 3. Precursor Revolutions: The Twelfth-Century Renaissance -- 4. Progressive Ideology and the Transvaluation of Honor -- 5. The Rise of the Gentry -- 6. From Status to Class -- 7. The Persistence of the Aristocracy -- 8. The Formation of Conservative Ideology -- 9. Understanding Status Inconsistency -- Ch. 5. Absolutism and Capitalist Ideology: The Volatility of Reform -- 1. The Absolute Prince Absolutized -- 2. Sword and Robe -- 3. Protestants and Capitalists -- 4. Evaluating Human Appetites -- 5. Progressive Ideology and Conservative Ideology -- Ch. 6. Stories of Virtue -- 1. Novelistic Narrative as Historical Explanation -- 2. Historical Models for Progressive Narratives -- 3. Historical Models for Conservative Narratives -- 4. Ideological Implications of Generic Models -- 5. The Gendering of Ideology -- 6. The Conflation of Truth and Virtue -- Ch. 7. Romance Transformations (I): Cervantes and the Disenchantment of the World -- Ch. 8. Romance Transformations (II): Bunyan and the Literalization of Allegory -- Ch. 9. Parables of the Younger Son (I): Defoe and the Naturalization of Desire -- Ch. 10. Parables of the Younger Son (II): Swift and the Containment of Desire -- Ch. 11. The Institutionalization of Conflict (I): Richardson and the Domestication of Service -- Ch. 12. The Institutionalization of Conflict (II): Fielding and the Instrumentality of Belief.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: Dialectical Method in Literary History --
Ch. 1. The Destabilization of Generic Categories --
1. "Romance" as a Simple Abstraction --
2. Precursors Revolutions: The Greek Enlightenment --
3. Precursor Revolutions: The Twelfth-Century Renaissance --
4. Historicism and the Historical Revolution --
5. The Claim to Historicity --
6. Native Empiricism and Extreme Skepticism --
7. Romance, Antiromance, True History --
Ch. 2. The Evidence of the Senses: Secularization and Epistemological Crisis --
1. The Contradictory Unity of the New Philosophy --
2. "Natural History" as a Narrative Model --
3. "Religion versus Science" and the Problem of Mediation --
4. The Literalizing of Revelation --
5. Apparition Narratives --
Ch. 3. Histories of the Individual --
1. From Saint's Life to Spiritual Biography --
2. From Picaresque to Criminal Biography --
3. From Christian Pilgrimage to Scientific Travel --
4. The Empirical Style Becomes Problematic --
5. The Emergence of Extreme Skepticism --
6. Toward Realism, the Aesthetic, and Human Creativity --
Ch. 4. The Destabilization of Social Categories --
1. Aristocratic Ideology --
2. Precursor Revolutions: The Greek Enlightenment --
3. Precursor Revolutions: The Twelfth-Century Renaissance --
4. Progressive Ideology and the Transvaluation of Honor --
5. The Rise of the Gentry --
6. From Status to Class --
7. The Persistence of the Aristocracy --
8. The Formation of Conservative Ideology --
9. Understanding Status Inconsistency --
Ch. 5. Absolutism and Capitalist Ideology: The Volatility of Reform --
1. The Absolute Prince Absolutized --
2. Sword and Robe --
3. Protestants and Capitalists --
4. Evaluating Human Appetites --
5. Progressive Ideology and Conservative Ideology --
Ch. 6. Stories of Virtue --
1. Novelistic Narrative as Historical Explanation --
2. Historical Models for Progressive Narratives --
3. Historical Models for Conservative Narratives --
4. Ideological Implications of Generic Models --
5. The Gendering of Ideology --
6. The Conflation of Truth and Virtue --
Ch. 7. Romance Transformations (I): Cervantes and the Disenchantment of the World --
Ch. 8. Romance Transformations (II): Bunyan and the Literalization of Allegory --
Ch. 9. Parables of the Younger Son (I): Defoe and the Naturalization of Desire --
Ch. 10. Parables of the Younger Son (II): Swift and the Containment of Desire --
Ch. 11. The Institutionalization of Conflict (I): Richardson and the Domestication of Service --
Ch. 12. The Institutionalization of Conflict (II): Fielding and the Instrumentality of Belief.

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