Cover

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Title page, Copyright page

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xx

My title concerns some of the institutions associated with English prose fiction-fiction we have come to name "novels" in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and with the uncertain, inchoate, and multiple institutions...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xxi-xxiv

As I look back on my debts for assistance on this book, I realize its and my dependence from the beginning on an intellectual community, an institution. It seems to me that I always loved the novel, but I am grateful for the wonderful...

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Introduction: Beginning with No Beginning

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pp. 1-22

Given the traditional identification of institution solely with either origins or mature cultural formation, if not its ossification, one must begin by examining the word and concept "institution" and, especially, by draWing out some of the...

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1. The Errant Letter and the Whispering Gallery

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pp. 23-50

Traditionally, two of the ways the novel has had of at once disguising and validating itself have been as letters and as gossip.1 Both ways differ from the mask many novels take on as "true histories:' establishing or putting into question...

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2. The Displaced Self in the Novels of Daniel Defoe

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pp. 51-81

Names, false names, and absence of names seem to have special importance for Daniel Defoe's novels.1 None of his fictional narrators, with the exception of Robinson Crusoe, tell their stories under the names they were born with.2 The Narrator of...

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3. Tom Jones: The "Bastard" of History

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pp. 82-115

No one seems ever to have been literal-minded enough to quibble with the most obviously fictional element of the titles of Henry Fielding's two novels - The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews [etc.] and...

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4. Tristram to the Hebrews: Some Notes on the Institution of a Canonic Text

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pp. 116-137

In Tristram Shandy, the narration of the birth of Tristram, the narrator, is constantly displaced and deferred, as everybody knows.1 Things fall, get in the way, have to be explained. The pointed failure of his attempt to narrate the...

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5. Sir Walter Scott and the Institution of History: The Jacobite Novels in the Relation of Fathers

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pp. 138-170

The reference to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Sir Walter Scott's subtitle to Waverley - or 'Tis Sixty Years Since1 is so well known and seemingly commonsensical as to deflect the equally strong reference to Fielding's...

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6. The Institution of the English Novel

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pp. 171-202

In this chapter, my study of the novel's institutions reveals itself to be circular, a seemingly constant strategy inherent in the very nature of institutions and their self-histories. I plan here to explore Scott's very material contribution to...

Notes

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pp. 203-224

Index

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pp. 225-228