Description - The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740 by Michael McKeon
This work combines historical analysis and readings of diverse texts to reconceive the foundations of the dominant genre of the modern era. This 15th anniversary edition features a new introduction in which the author reflects on the considerable response and commentary the book has attracted since its publication by describing dialectical method and by applying it to early modern notions of gender. Challenging prevailing theories that tie the origins of the novel to the ascendancy of "realism" and the "middle class", McKeon argues that this new genre arose in response to the profound instability of literary and social categories. Between 1600 and 1740, momentous changes took place in European attitudes toward truth in narrative and toward virtue in the individual and the social order. The novel emerged, McKeon contends, as a cultural instrument designed to engage the epistemological and social crises of the age.
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Author Biography - Michael McKeon
Michael McKeon is a professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University.