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7 - Documenticity II

The Two Rises of the Epistolary Novel

from Part II

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 November 2020

Nicholas D. Paige
Affiliation:
University of California, Berkeley
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While French literary history usually presumes a firm tradition of the epistolary novel running from Lettres portuguaises in 1669 to the end of the following century, this chapter demonstrates that the form's rise was protracted, and proceeded in two stages. A first, modest popularity was achieved by novels of satirical observation. Formally, these epistolary novels were distinct from the much more successful epistolary novels that followed, which featured a polyphonic exchange of correspondence. Viewed formally, the history of the epistolary novel in France is largely discontinuous, though the polyphonic variant's own development displays the same isomorphism visible in other novelistic artifacts examined in this book.

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Technologies of the Novel
Quantitative Data and the Evolution of Literary Systems
, pp. 125 - 137
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Documenticity II
  • Nicholas D. Paige, University of California, Berkeley
  • Book: Technologies of the Novel
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108890861.008
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  • Documenticity II
  • Nicholas D. Paige, University of California, Berkeley
  • Book: Technologies of the Novel
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108890861.008
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  • Documenticity II
  • Nicholas D. Paige, University of California, Berkeley
  • Book: Technologies of the Novel
  • Online publication: 06 November 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108890861.008
Available formats
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