Description - Licensing Entertainment by William Beatty Warner
Novels have been a respectable component of culture for so long that it is difficult for 20th-century observers to grasp the unease produced by novel reading in the 18th century. This book shows how the earliest novels in Britain provoked early instances of the modern anxiety about the effects of new media on consumers. The book aims to uncover the history of the way in which the idea of the novel was shaped in response to a newly vigorous market in popular narratives. It considers the earliest novelists in their role as entertainers and media workers, and shows how the short, erotic, plot-driven novels by Behn, Manley and Haywood came to be absorbed and overwritten by the popular novels of Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. Considering the novels as entertainment as well as literature, the author redefines the terms within which the British novel is to be understood, and replaces the literary history of the rise of the novel with a more inclusive cultural history.
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(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
University of California Press
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Author Biography - William Beatty Warner
William B. Warner is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Chance and the Text of Experience: Freud, Nietzsche, and Shakespeare's "Hamlet" (1986) and coeditor with Deidre Lynch of Cultural Institutions of the Novel (1996).