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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 August 2019

Hilary Havens
Affiliation:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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The introduction explores the reasons why eighteenth-century authors decided to revise their novels and examines the trope of revision alongside advances in digital humanities, manuscript culture, novel studies, and actor-network theory. It opens with a discussion of Frances Burney’s Cecilia manuscript and the revelatory possibilities of revision, leading to a discussion of the novel genre during the eighteenth century as it was conceived by novelists themselves and the novel’s indebtedness to the dramatic and scholarly prose genres. The final section of the introduction applies Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory to delineate a model of eighteenth-century novel authorship that I term “networked authorship,” in which novelists, members of their literary and familial circles, reviewers, and their previous selves participate in the creation of a text.

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Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Authorship from Manuscript to Print
, pp. 1 - 19
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • Introduction
  • Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Book: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108663649.001
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  • Introduction
  • Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Book: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108663649.001
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  • Introduction
  • Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Book: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
  • Online publication: 19 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108663649.001
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