Institutions of the English Novel: From Defoe to Scott by Homer Obed Brown

By Homer Obed Brown

In associations of the English Novel, Homer Obed Brown takes factor with the widely accredited foundation of the unconventional within the early eighteenth century. Brown argues that what we now name the unconventional didn't seem as a well-known unmarried "genre" until eventually the early 19th century, whilst the fictitious prose narratives of the previous century have been grouped jointly lower than that name.

After interpreting the figurative and thematic makes use of of non-public letters and social gossip within the structure of the radical, Brown explores what used to be instituted in and via the fictions of Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, and Scott, with wide dialogue of the pivotal position Scott's paintings performed within the novel's upward thrust to institutional prestige. This examine is an interesting demonstration of ways those past narratives are desirous about the improvement and establishment of such political and cultural ideas as self, own id, the relations, and historical past, all of which contributed to the later danger of the novel.

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I concentrate especially on Waverley, Scott's first novel, which can be read as a reappropriation and revision of Fielding's Tom Jones, since it too places a young Englishman on the road in search of his identity during the '45 Rebellion. Scott, however, sets his hero on the road to Scotland as a means of reintroducing its culture to its sister kingdom. In his essay on Fielding, Scott saw his novels as being so narrowly English as to be "untranslatable" by Scottish and Irish readers. Clearly, Scott aimed to create instead a truly British national identity by way of a novel that one recent critic has called the first genuinely multicultural novel, a project in itself possibly doomed to failure in his own time, although it may speak to ours.

A somewhat later version appeared in my review article "Of the Title to Things Real: Recent Argument over the Origins of the English Novel," in ELH: A Journal of English Literary History 55 (Winter 1988). Its argument was also presented for discussion at a meeting of The Bay Area Friends of the Eighteenth Century at UC Berkeley in 1994. Parts of that argument from the Introduction are also in my essay "Why the Story of the Eighteenth Century Origin of the (English) Novel Is an American Romance" in Cultural Institutions of the Novel, ed.

Pierre Bourdieu 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 implications regarding literature or the novel as institutions. Literature, which only took its modern meaning in the late eighteenth century, has been called (or thought of as) an institution at least since Hippolyte Taine in the mid-nineteenth century.

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