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Introduction: Revolutionary Letters

Nicola J. Watson

in Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112976
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112976.003.0001
Introduction: Revolutionary Letters

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This introductory chapter traces the ways in which the residue of the sentimental novel was assimilated within the divergent strands of the novel between 1790 and 1825, regarding these formal innovations as fictional accommodations of the same cultural anxiety — that crystallized by the French Revolution. In particular, it examines the fate of the letter within the novel as a pointer to the changing concerns of literary-political discourse over the period, thereby offering a coherent account of one neglected and especially pertinent subgenre at a crucial moment in its evolution. An overview of subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: sentimental novel; cultural anxiety; fiction; French Revolution

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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