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Fiction Before Austen

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 7
Module lead
Stephen Bending

Module overview

At the start of the eighteenth century, the novel as we now know it did not exist. Since the 1980s the idea of the 'Rise of the Novel' has been rehearsed and rehearsed again as critics have explored new narratives and new approaches to narrative fiction. The once all-male line-up of great eighteenth-century fiction is now being recast not simply by claiming lost female 'greats' – the predecessors and contemporaries of Jane Austen - but by rethinking our understanding of fiction and its place in eighteenth-century culture. This module invites you to explore some of the issues raised by recent attempts to re-map the rise of eighteenth-century fiction.

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