Romantic Novel Reading List

The Romantic Novel 1770-1830: Breadth Field Reading List

Because my major field is Victorian sensation fiction, my rationale for choosing to study the Eighteenth-century and Romantic novel was simple. As a scholar who works primarily with the novel, I will need a strong understanding of the historical conditions in which the novel came to be and of the ways in which the novel form developed before its cultural ascendancy in the Victorian period. In addition to this foundational utility, studying the Romantic novel will allow me to be more versatile pedagogically: I will not only be able to teach Victorian fiction, but also long nineteenth-century fiction more generally. In light of this rationale, I have selected novels across a wide range of subgenres (Romance, Gothic, Jacobin, etc) in order to acquaint myself with the diversity and evolution of the form throughout the period. I have also included several novels that predate the Romantic period (such as Sterne’s epistolary A Sentimental Journey, Defoe’s Moll Flanders, and Richardson’s Clarissa) both because they are seminal texts which significantly influenced the development of the genre and because they allow me to examine the origins and early iterations of the form.

Primary Texts

  1. Austen, Jane. Persuasion. New York: Dell, 1959. Print.
  2. Burney, Francis. Evelina. New York: Norton, 1965. Print.
  3. Dacre, Charlotte. Zofloya. New York: Arno Press, 1974. Print.
  4. Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York: Crowell, 1970. Print.
  5. Fielding, Henry. Jonathan Wild. London: Hesperus Classics, 2004. Print.
  6. Godwin, William. Caleb Williams. New York: Oxford UP, 1970. Print.
  7. Hogg, James. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. London: Cresset Press, 1947. Print.
  8. Lewis, Matthew Gregory. The Monk. New York: Grove Press, 1959. Print.
  9. MacKenzie, Henry. The Man of Feeling. London: Scholartus Press, 1928. Print.
  10. Maturin, Charles. Melmoth the Wanderer. New York: Oxford UP, 1968. Print.
  11. Radcliffe, Ann. The Mysteries of Udolpho. New York: Oxford UP, 1980. Print.
  12. Richardson, Samuel. Clarissa. New York: AMS Press, 1990. Print.
  13. Scott, Walter. Waverly. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.
  14. Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.
  15. Smith, Charlotte. The Old Manor House. London: Oxford UP, 1969. Print.
  16. Sterne, Laurence. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. Ed. Katherine Turner. Buffalo: Broadview, 2010. Print.
  17. Walpole, Horace. The Castle of Otranto. New York: Cassell, 1901. Print.
    • Wollstonecraft, Mary. Mary and The Wrongs of Woman. New York: Oxford UP, 2009. Print.

 

Critical Texts

Monographs and Edited Collections:

  1. Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. New York: Oxford UP, 1990. Print.
  • —.“Introduction: The Politics of Domesticating Culture, Then and Now.” Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. New York: Oxford UP, 1990. 3-27. Print.
  • —. “The Rise of Female Authority in the Novel.” Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. New York: Oxford UP, 1990. 28-58. Print.
  • —. “The Rise of the Domestic Woman.” Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. New York: Oxford UP, 1990. 59-95. Print.
  1. Heydt-Stevenson, Jillian, and Charlotte Sussman, eds. Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2008. Print.
  • —. “‘Launched Upon the Sea of Moral and Political Inquiry’: The Ethical Experiments of the Romantic Novel.” Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2008. 13-48. Print.
  • Duncan, Ian. “Sympathy, Physiognomy, and Scottish Romantic Fiction.” Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830. Eds. Jillian Heydt-Stevenson and Charlotte Sussman. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2008. 285-306. Print.
  • Ellis, Markman. “Enlightenment or Illumination: The Spectre of Conspiracy in Gothic Fictions of the 1790s.” Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830. Eds. Jillian Heydt-Stevenson and Charlotte Sussman. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2008. 77-98. Print.
  • Ferris, Ina. “Scholarly Revivals: Gothic Fiction, Secret History, and Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.” Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830. Eds. Jillian Heydt-Stevenson and Charlotte Sussman. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2008. 267-84. Print.
  • Jacobus, Mary. “Between the Lines: Poetry, Persuasion, and the Feelings of the Past.” Recognizing the Romantic Novel: New Histories of British Fiction, 1780-1830. Eds. Jillian Heydt-Stevenson and Charlotte Sussman. Liverpool: Liverpool UP, 2008. 237-66. Print.
  1. Hunter, J. Paul. Before Novels: the Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. New York: Norton, 1990. Print.
    • —. Preface. Before Novels: the Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. New York: Norton, 1990. ix-xxiv. Print.
    • —. “What Was New About the Novel?” Before Novels: the Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. New York: Norton, 1990. 3-28. Print.
    • —. “Novels and ‘the Novel’: The Critical Tyranny of Formal Definition.” Before Novels: the Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. New York: Norton, 1990. 29-59. Print.
    • —. “Readers and Reading.” Before Novels: the Cultural Contexts of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction. New York: Norton, 1990. 61-88. Print.
  2. Kelly, Gary. The English Jacobin Novel, 1780-1805. New York: Clarendon P, 1976. Print.
  • —. Introduction. The English Jacobin Novel, 1780-1805. New York: Clarendon P, 1976. 1-20. Print.
  • — “William Godwin.” The English Jacobin Novel, 1780-1805. New York: Clarendon P, 1976. 179-208. Print.
  • —. Conclusion. The English Jacobin Novel, 1780-1805. New York: Clarendon P, 1976. 261-9. Print.
  1. Kiely, Robert. The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. Print.
    1. —. Introduction. The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. 1-26. Print.
    2. —. “The Castle of Otranto: Horace Walpole.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. 27-42. Print.
    3. —. “The Mysteries of Udolpho: Ann Radcliffe.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. 65-80. Print.
    4. —. “Caleb Williams: William Godwin.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. 81-97. Print.
    5. —. “The Monk: Matthew Gregory Lewis.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. Print.
    6. —. “Waverly: Sir Walter Scott.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. 136-154. Print.
    7. —. “Frankenstein: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. 155-73. Print.
    8. —. “Melmoth the Wanderer: Charles Robert Maturin.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972.189-207.
    9. —. “The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner: James Hogg.” The Romantic Novel in England. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1972. 208-232. Print.
  2. Lynch, Deidre. The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1998. Print.
  • —. Introduction. The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1998. 1-22. Print.
  • —. “Fleshing Out Characters.” The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1998. 23-79. Print.
  • —. “Fictions of Social Circulation.” The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1998. 80-121. Print.
  1. McKeon, Michael. The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. Print.
    • —. “Introduction: Dialectical Method in Literary History.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 1-24. Print.
    • —. “The Destabilization of Generic Categories.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 25-64. Print.
    • —. “The Evidence of the Senses: Secularization and Epistemological Crisis.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 65-89. Print.
    • —. “Histories of the Individual.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 90-129. Print.
    • —. “The Destabilization of Social Categories.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 131-75. Print.
    • —. “Absolutism and Capitalist Ideology: the Volatility of Reform.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 176-211. Print.
    • —. “Stories of Virtue.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 212-71. Print.
    • —. “The Institutionalization of Conflict: Fielding and the Instrumentality of Belief.” The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1987. 382-409. Print.
  2. Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. Print.
    • —. “Realism and the Novel Form.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. 9-34. Print.
    • —. “The Reading Public and the Rise of the Novel.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. 35-59. Print.
    • —. “Defoe as Novelist: Moll Flanders.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. 93-134. Print.
    • —. “Private Experience and the Novel.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. 174-207. Print.
    • —. “Richardson as Novelist: Clarissa.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. 208-38. Print.
    • —. “Fielding and the Epic Theory of the Novel.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. 239-60. Print.
    • —. “Realism and the Later Tradition: a Note.” The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: U California P, 1957. 290-302. Print.

Articles:

  1. Duncan, Ian. “Scotland and the Novel.” The Cambridge Companion to Fiction in the Romantic Period. Eds. Richard Maxwell and Katie Trumpener. New York: Cambridge UP, 2008. 251-64. Print.
  2. Makdisi, Saree. “Literature, National Identity, and Empire.” The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1740-1830. Eds. Thomas Keymer and John Mee. New York: Cambridge UP, 2004. 61-79. Print.
  3. Mullan, John. “Sentimental Novels.” The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Ed. John Richetti. New York: Cambridge UP, 1996. 236-54. Print.
  4. Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth. “Colonial and Postcolonial Gothic.” The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction. Ed. Jerrold E. Hogle. New York: Cambridge UP, 2002. 229-258. Print.
  5. Spencer, Jane. “Women Writers and the Eighteenth-Century Novel.” The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Ed. John Richetti. New York: Cambridge UP, 1996. 212-35. Print.
  6. Clair, William. “Publishing, Authorship, and Reading.” The Cambridge Companion to Fiction in the Romantic Period. Eds. Richard Maxwell and Katie Trumpener. New York: Cambridge UP, 2008. 23-46. Print.

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