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A footprint materializes mysteriously on a abandoned shore; an immense helmet falls from the sky; a traveller awakens to discover his horse dangling from a church steeple. Eighteenth-century British fiction brims with moments equivalent to those, during which the prosaic rubs up opposed to the outstanding. whereas it's a truism that the period's literature is distinct by means of its realism and air of likelihood, Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder argues that ask yourself is fundamental to--rather than antithetical to--the constructing recommendations of novelistic fiction. Positioning its reader at the cusp among reputation and estrangement, among religion and doubt, glossy fiction hinges upon ask yourself.

Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder's chapters spread its new account of British fiction's upward push via superb new readings of vintage early novels-from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe to Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey--as good as bringing to consciousness lesser identified works, so much significantly Rudolf Raspe's Baron Munchausen's Narrative of His Marvellous Travels. during this daring new account, the eighteenth century bears witness to not the world's disenchantment yet relatively to wonder's re-location from the supernatural realm to the empirical international, delivering a second look not just of the way we glance again on the Enlightenment, but in addition of ways we learn today.

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