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Sir Walter Scott is often regarded as the first historical novelist. Reinventing Liberty challenges this view by returning us to the rich range of historical fiction written in the late 18th and early 19th century. For the first time placing these works in the context of British politics and British history writing, this book redefines the historical novel, revealing a genre which seeks to manage political change through historiographical experimentation. It explores how historical novelists participated in a contentious debate concerning the nature of commercial modernity, the formulation of political progress and British national identity. Ranging across well-known writers, like William Godwin, Horace Walpole and Frances Burney, to lesser-known figures, such as Cornelia Ellis Knight and Jane Porter, Reinventing Liberty uncovers how history becomes a site to rethink Britain as Ôland of libertyÕ.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Series Titles, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 1. Ancient Liberties
  2. pp. 23-58
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  1. Chapter 2. The Labours of History
  2. pp. 59-98
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  1. Chapter 3. Uneasy Alliances: Liberty and the Nation
  2. pp. 99-134
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  1. Chapter 4. Conserving Histories: Chivalry, Science and Liberty
  2. pp. 135-169
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  1. Chapter 5. The End of History? Scott, His Precursors and the Violent Past
  2. pp. 170-206
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 207-216
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 217-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-241
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781474402972
Related ISBN
9781474402965
MARC Record
OCLC
1104050357
Pages
249
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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