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This collection of essays studies the encounter between allegedly ahistorical concepts of narrative and eighteenth-century literature from across Europe. At issue is the question of whether the theoretical concepts underpinning narratology are, despite their appearance of ahistorical generality, actually derived from the historical study of a particular period and type of literature. The essays take on aspects of eighteenth-century texts such as plot, genre, character, perspective, temporality, and more, coming at them from both a narratological and a historical perspective.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: The Place of Narratology in the Historical Study of Eighteenth-Century Literature
  2. Liisa Steinby and Aino Mäkikalli
  3. pp. 7-38
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  1. The Eighteenth-Century Challenge to Narrative Theory
  2. Michael McKeon
  3. pp. 39-78
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  1. Formalism and Historicity Reconciled in Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones
  2. John Richetti
  3. pp. 79-98
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  1. Perspective and Focalization in Eighteenth-Century Descriptions
  2. Monika Fludernik
  3. pp. 99-120
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  1. Temporality in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe
  2. Aino Mäkikalli
  3. pp. 121-134
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  1. Temporality, Subjectivity and the Representation of Characters in the Eighteenth-Century Novel: From Defoe’s Moll Flanders to Goethe’s Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
  2. Liisa Steinby
  3. pp. 135-160
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  1. Authorial Narration Reconsidered: Eliza Haywood’s Betsy Thoughtless, Anonymous’ Charlotte Summers, and the Problem of Authority in the MidEighteenth-Century Novel
  2. Dorothee Birke
  3. pp. 161-176
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  1. Problems of Tellability in German Eighteenth-Century Criticism and Novel-Writing
  2. Karin Kukkonen
  3. pp. 177-198
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  1. Immediacy: The Function of Embedded Narratives in Wieland’s Don Sylvio
  2. Claudia Nitschke
  3. pp. 199-224
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  1. The Tension between Idea and Narrative Form: The Example as a Narrative Structure in Enlightenment Literature
  2. Christine Waldschmidt
  3. pp. 225-248
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  1. ‘Speaking Well of the Dead’: Characterization in the Early Modern Funeral Sermon
  2. Penny Pritchard
  3. pp. 249-268
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  1. The Use of Paratext in Popular Eighteenth-Century Biography: The Case of Edmund Curll
  2. Pat Rogers
  3. pp. 269-288
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  1. Peritextual Disposition in French Eighteenth-Century Narratives
  2. Teemu Ikonen
  3. pp. 289-308
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. 309-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-314
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