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The Resource The progress of romance : literary historiography and the Gothic novel, David H. Richter

The progress of romance : literary historiography and the Gothic novel, David H. Richter

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The progress of romance : literary historiography and the Gothic novel
Title
The progress of romance
Title remainder
literary historiography and the Gothic novel
Statement of responsibility
David H. Richter
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this vigorous response to recent trends in theory and criticism, David H. Richter asks how we can again learn to practice literary history. Despite the watchword "always historicize," comparatively few monographs attempt genuine historical explanations of literary phenomena. Richter theorizes that the contemporary evasion of history may stem from our sense that the modern literary ideas underlying our historical explanations - Marxism, formalism, and reception theory - are unable, by themselves, to inscribe an adequate narrative of the origins, development, and decline of genres and style systems. Despite theorists' attempts to incorporate others principles of explanation, each of these master narratives on its own has areas of blindness and areas of insight, questions it can answer and questions it cannot even ask. But the explanations, however differently focused, complement one another, with one supplying what another lacks." "Using the first heyday of the Gothic novel as the prime object of study, Richter develops his pluralistic vision of literary history in practice. Successive chapters outline first a neo-Marxist history of the Gothic, using the ideas of Raymond Williams and Terry Eagleton to understand the literature of terror as an outgrowth of inexorable tensions within Georgian society; next, a narrative on the Gothic as an institutional form, drawn from the formalist theories of R.S. Crane and Ralph Rader; and finally a study of the reception of the Gothic - the way the romance was sustained by, and in its turn altered, the motives for literary response in the British public around the turn of the nineteenth century."
  • "In his concluding chapter, Richter returns to the question of theory, to general issues of adequacy and explanatory power in literary history, to the false panaceas of Foucauldian new historicism and cultural studies, and to the necessity of historical pluralism. A learned, engaging, and important book. The Progress of Romance is essential reading for scholars of British literature, narrative, narrative theory, the novel, and the theory of the novel."--Jacket
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DLC
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1945-
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Richter, David H.
Dewey number
823/.0873809
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR830.T3
LC item number
R53 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Theory and interpretation of narrative
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  • Horror tales, English
  • English fiction
  • English fiction
  • Gothic revival (Literature)
  • Romanticism
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Literature
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
Label
The progress of romance : literary historiography and the Gothic novel, David H. Richter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-229) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33983143
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 242 pages
Isbn
9780814206959
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
95053094
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The progress of romance : literary historiography and the Gothic novel, David H. Richter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-229) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33983143
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 242 pages
Isbn
9780814206959
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
95053094
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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