Rogues and Whores: Heroes and Anti-Heroes


in Popular Fiction before Richardson

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780198112631
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670824 | DOI:

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Rogues and Whores: Heroes and Anti-Heroes

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This chapter discusses the importance of the ‘literature of roguery’ in the development of the novel. English criminal biographies incorporated elements of the continental picaresque tale and a native journalistic instinct for the notorious and the sensational. These kinds of narratives were an important factor in the development of the modern realistic novel.

Keywords: roguery; novel; criminal biographies; narratives; realistic novel

Chapter.  14388 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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