Space and the Eighteenth-century English Novel
By (author) Simon Varey
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Space and the Eighteenth-century English Novel by Simon Varey
Book DescriptionIn this challenging and illustrated study, first published in 1990, Simon Varey relates the idea of space in the major novels of Defoe, Fielding and Richardson to its use in the theory and practice of eighteenth-century architecture. Concepts of divine design, expressed in the work of philosophers and theologians, introduced an ideological element to the notion of space which gave it a heightened significance in contemporary thought. Professor Varey's central argument is that space becomes a political instrument used to establish conformity, assert power and give form to the aspirations of social classes. He draws on a wide range of architectural books, both English and European, and on the example of Bath (focusing in particular on its chief architect in the eighteenth century, John Wood). The discussion of novels such as Robinson Crusoe, Tom Jones and Clarissa examines narrative as a form of spatial design, the use of architectural imagery to describe people, and the political control of social space.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521031790
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Simon Varey
Space and the Eighteenth-Century English Novel, Hardback (July 1990)
This study, first published in 1990, relates the idea of spatial design in the major novels of Defoe, Fielding and Richardson to eighteenth-century architecture.
Henry Fielding, Paperback (July 1986)
This concise and lucid study provides an ideal introduction to the major work of Henry Fielding for all students.
Contributions to The Craftsman, Hardback (December 1982)» View all books by Simon Varey
A scholarly edition of a work by Henry St John Bolingbroke. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.
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