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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2021

Adam Watt
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University of Exeter
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The present volume provides a wide-ranging history of the novel in French from the fourteenth century to the present, illuminating and offering readers routes through a varied landscape while comparison and connection making between writers, works and historical periods. It does so via accessible accounts of how novelists writing in French have responded to the diverse economic, socio-political, cultural-artistic and environmental factors that shaped the world in which they found themselves. The editor’s introduction outlines the existing scholarship and provides a summary account of the structuring and approach taken in the volume (a history of the novel in French, rather than of the French novel). It then gives an overview of the five sections into which the volume is divided: ‘Beginnings’; ‘The Eighteenth Century: Learning, Letters, Libertinage’; ‘After the Revolution: the novel in the long nineteenth century’; ‘From Naturalism to the nouveau roman’; and ‘Fictions of the Fifth Republic: from de Gaulle to the Internet Age’. Echoes, imbrications and cross-references across and between these sections serve as reminders of the artificiality of the cut-and-dried, linear periodizing approach of much literary history.

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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Adam Watt, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Cambridge History of the Novel in French
  • Online publication: 04 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108683920.002
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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Adam Watt, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Cambridge History of the Novel in French
  • Online publication: 04 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108683920.002
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  • Introduction
  • Edited by Adam Watt, University of Exeter
  • Book: The Cambridge History of the Novel in French
  • Online publication: 04 February 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108683920.002
Available formats
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