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The Resource Theatre and the novel from Behn to Fielding, Anne F. Widmayer

Theatre and the novel from Behn to Fielding, Anne F. Widmayer

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Theatre and the novel from Behn to Fielding
Title
Theatre and the novel from Behn to Fielding
Statement of responsibility
Anne F. Widmayer
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Ever since Ian Watt's The Rise of the novel (1957), many critics have argued that a constitutive element of the early 'novel' is its embrace of realism. Anne F. Widmayer contends, however, that Restoration and early eighteenth-century prose narratives employ techniques that distance the reading audience from an illusion of reality; irony, hypocrisy, and characters who are knowingly acting for an audience are privileged, highlighting the artificial and false in fictional works. Focusing on the works of four celebrated playwright-novelists, Widmayer explores how the increased interiority of their prose characters is ridiculed by the use of techniques drawn from the theatre to throw into doubt the novel's ability to portray an unmediated 'reality'. Aphra Behn's dramatic techniques question the reliability of female narrators, while Delarivier Manley undermines the impact of women's passionate anger by suggesting the self-consciousness of their performances. In his later drama, William Congreve subverts the character of the apparently objective critic that is recurrent in his prose work, whilst Henry Fielding uses the figure of the satirical writer in his rehearsal plays to mock the novelist's aspiration to control the way a reader reads the text. Through analysing how these writers satirize the reading public's desire for clear distinctions between truth and illusion, Anne F. Widmayer also highlights the equally fluid boundaries between prose fiction and drama."--
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BUF
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Widmayer, Anne F
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment,
Series volume
2015:07
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  • Authors and theater
  • Dramatists
  • Novelists
Label
Theatre and the novel from Behn to Fielding, Anne F. Widmayer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-257) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Aphra Behn's dramatic techniques in prose: credibility and female power -- Performed emotion in Delarivier Manley's works: actors and voyeurs -- Hybrid dramatic-narrative techniques: William Congreve's Incognita and The old batchelor -- Abandoning control over 'reality': author-characters in Henry Fielding's plays -- Self-conscious anti-realism: readers as actor-authors in Henry Fielding's prose
Control code
FIEb17745238
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 263 pages
Isbn
9780729411653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)915139289
Label
Theatre and the novel from Behn to Fielding, Anne F. Widmayer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-257) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Aphra Behn's dramatic techniques in prose: credibility and female power -- Performed emotion in Delarivier Manley's works: actors and voyeurs -- Hybrid dramatic-narrative techniques: William Congreve's Incognita and The old batchelor -- Abandoning control over 'reality': author-characters in Henry Fielding's plays -- Self-conscious anti-realism: readers as actor-authors in Henry Fielding's prose
Control code
FIEb17745238
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 263 pages
Isbn
9780729411653
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)915139289

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