Partisan Politics, Narrative Realism, and the Rise of the British Novel
Narrative realism has long been understood as a full account of “real life” and the individual self. Breaking with this traditional history, Partisan Politics, Narrative Realism, and the Rise of the British Novel demonstrates that the formal conventions of narrative realism emerged at the end of the seventeenth century in response to an explosion of partisan writings that offered rival versions of political selfhood. The novel mediated between the competing Whig, Tory, and Jacobite versions of selfhood that emerged during the upheavals of the 1680s and flourished through the mid 1750s. The rise of the novel was connected to the rise of “the individual,” as traditional accounts proposed, but this Whig individual was just one of several partisan versions of the self that were vying for pre-eminence during this period.
Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles
Carnell, Rachel K., "Partisan Politics, Narrative Realism, and the Rise of the British Novel" (2006). Scholarship Collection. 144.