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Novel Horizons: The Genre Making of Restoration Fiction

Gerd Bayer

Abstract

Novel horizons analyses how narrative prose fiction developed during the English Restoration. It argues that following the reopening of the theatres in 1660, generic changes within dramatic texts occasioned an intense debate within prologues and introductions. This discussion about the poetics of a genre was echoed in the paratextual material of prose fictions: in translators’ introductions, authorial prefaces, and other accompanying material. In the absence of an official poetics that defined prose fiction, paratexts fulfilled this function and informed readers about the changing features of ... More

Keywords: early modern fiction, Restoration literature, history of the novel, genre, paratexts, reader-response criticism, novel and romance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781784991234
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991234.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerd Bayer, author
University of Erlangen