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Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder by Sarah Tindal Kareem

By Sarah Tindal Kareem

A footprint materializes mysteriously on a abandoned shore; a tremendous helmet falls from the sky; a visitor awakens to discover his horse dangling from a church steeple. Eighteenth-century fiction brims with moments reminiscent of those, within which the prosaic rubs up opposed to the tremendous. whereas it's a truism that the period's literature is unusual by way of its realism and air of chance, Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of ask yourself argues that ask yourself is
integral to—rather than antithetical to—the constructing options of novelistic fiction. Positioning its reader at the cusp among attractiveness and estrangement, among religion and doubt, glossy fiction hinges upon wonder.

Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder's chapters spread its new account of fiction's upward thrust via astonishing new readings of vintage early novels-from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe to Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey-as good as bringing to awareness lesser recognized works, such a lot particularly Rudolf Raspe's Baron Munchausen's Narrative of His Marvellous Travels. during this daring new account, the eighteenth century bears witness to not the world's disenchantment yet fairly to
wonder's re-location from the supernatural realm to the empirical global, supplying a re-assessment not just of ways we glance again on the Enlightenment, but in addition of ways we learn today.

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