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Author Clemit, Pamela.

Title The Godwinian novel : the rational fictions of Godwin, Brockden Brown, Mary Shelley / Pamela Clemit
Published Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993


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 W'PONDS  823.6 C6263/G  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 254 pages ; 23 cm
Series Oxford English monographs
Oxford English monographs.
Contents 1. Imogen: Godwin's Fictional Debut -- 2. Caleb Williams: The Paradigm of the Godwinian Novel -- 3. Godwin's Historical Novels: Theory and Practice -- 4. Wieland: Charles Brockden Brown's American Tale -- 5. Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Myth-Making -- 6. Mary Shelley's Novels of the 1820s: History and Prophecy -- Afterword: Rereading the Godwinian Novel
Summary Examining prose fiction in a period traditionally seen as dominated by poetry, Clemit stresses the necessity for a revised view of British Romanticism. Uncovering the links between Godwin's fictional analysis of subjective experience and his progressive political philosophy, The Godwinian Novel paves the way for a reappraisal of the apparently quietistic and introspective concerns of other writers of the period
The Godwinian Novel is a pioneering analysis of the school of fiction inaugurated by William Godwin, and developed in the works of his principal followers, Charles Brockden Brown and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. In the first study of these authors as a historically specific group, Pamela Clemit argues for a greater unity between Godwin's fictional techniques and his radical political philosophy than has been perceived. Her analysis of the works of Brown and Mary Shelley, moreover, reveals how these writers modified, reshaped, and redefined Godwin's distinctive themes and techniques in response to shifting ideological pressures in the post-revolutionary period
Analysis English fiction
English fiction
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [220]-243) and index
SUBJECT Brown, Charles Brockden, 1771-1810 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Godwin, William, 1756-1836 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Godwin, William, 1756-1836 -- Influence.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Subject American fiction -- English influences.
Horror tales -- History and criticism.
Political fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- English-speaking countries.
Radicalism in literature.
Rationalism in literature.
LC no. 92027583
ISBN 0198112203