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Author Armstrong, Nancy, 1938-

Title How novels think : the limits of British individualism from 1719-1900 / Nancy Armstrong.

Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 191 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-186) and index.
Contents How the misfit became a moral protagonist -- When novels made nations -- Why a good man is hard to find in Victorian fiction -- The polygenetic imagination -- The necessary gothic.
Summary Nancy Armstrong argues that the history of the novel and the history of the modern individual are, quite literally, one and the same. She suggests that certain works of fiction created a subject, one displaying wit, will, or energy capable of shifting the social order to grant the exceptional person a place commensurate with his or her individual worth. Once the novel had created this figure, readers understood themselves in terms of a narrative that produced a self-governing subject.In the decades following the revolutions in British North America and France, the major novelists.
Language English.
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Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Individualism in literature.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Didactic fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Ethics in literature.
Chronological Term 1700-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Armstrong, Nancy, 1938- How novels think. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005 0231130589 0231130597 (DLC) 2005053782 (OCoLC)61731519
ISBN 0231503873 (electronic bk.)
9780231503877 (electronic bk.)