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Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels

 
 
 
 
Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels
Author: Patricia Meyer Spacks
ISBN 13: 9780226768472
ISBN 10: 226768473
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1994-03-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $17.00
 
 

Desire and Truth offers a major reassessment of the history of eighteenth-century fiction by showing how plot challenges or reinforces conventional categories of passion and rationality. Arguing that fiction creates and conveys its essential truths through plot, Patricia Meyer Spacks demonstrates that eighteenth-century fiction is both profoundly realistic and consistently daring.

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A reassessment of the history of 18th c. fiction showing how plot challenges or reinforces conventional categories of passion and rationality. Spacks (English, U. of Virginia) explores how in spite of their ostensible commitment to morally sanctioned truths, the plots often suggest (and condone) the alternative truths of desire. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)