By Elizabeth R. Napier

Falling into Matter examines the complicated function of the physique within the improvement of the English novel within the eighteenth century. Elizabeth R. Napier argues that regardless of an expanding emphasis at the have to current rules in corporeal phrases, early fiction writers persevered to sign up non secular and ethical reservations concerning the centrality of the physique to human and ingenious experience.

Drawing on six works of early English fiction — Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, Elizabeth Inchbald's A basic Story, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - Napier examines how authors grappled with technical and philosophical problems with the physique, wondering its means for ethical motion, its dating to person freedom and dignity, and its position within the production of paintings. Falling into Matter charts the process the early novel as its authors engaged officially, stylistically, and thematically with the more and more insistent position of the physique within the new genre.

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