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Shakespeare and the eighteenth-century novel: cultures of quotation from Samuel Richardson to Jane Austen

Shakespeare and the eighteenth-century novel: cultures of quotation from Samuel Richardson to Jane Austen

Rumbold, Kate Louise, 1978- author

This study shows that Shakespeare is a very significant presence in major novels of the 18th and early 19th centuries, from epigraphs to descriptions of performances of his plays, and from allusions in polite conversation to Shakespearean knowledge as a mark of erudition among men and women alike

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Kate Rumbold
ISBN: 1107132401, 9781107132405
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 250 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Subject: Shakespeare, William; Literature.; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Influence.; Literature; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 In literature.; English fiction 18th century History and criticism.

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Quotation culture
  3. Shakespeare's novel authority
  4. Theatrical Shakespeare
  5. Banal Shakespeare
  6. Ann Radcliffe's Gothic epigraphs
  7. Jane Austen and eighteenth-century Shakespeare
  8. Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Reviews

'Rumbold's book is an intricate, thoughtful contribution to Shakespeare studies and criticism of the novel. As an elegant fusion of literary analysis and cultural history, it will also appeal to scholars interested in reception theory and cultures of reading. Its interdisciplinary approach and subtler lines of argument might be better suited to advanced students or specialists, but its lucid, lively style and original insights must recommend it to everyone; it is as entertaining and thought-provoking as the novels it so vibrantly discusses.' Megan Taylor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction