Space and the Eighteenth-Century English Novel, Volumen1

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Cambridge University Press, 1990 M07 27 - 220 páginas
In this challenging and original study, Simon Varey relates the idea of space in the major novels of Defoe, Fielding, and Richardson to its use in the theory and practice of eighteenth-century architecture. Drawing on a wide range of architectural books, Varey argues that space can become a political instrument used by its designers to establish conformity, assert power, and give form to the aspirations of social classes. As an example, he cites the city of Bath, a neo-classical city designed to reflect the political values of the empire. The discussion of the novels examines narrative as a literary structure, the use of architectural imagery to describe people, and the political control of social space, resulting in an interesting look at literary criticism, architecture, and the history of ideas.
 

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Introduction l
4
PART I
20
Space the architect and the design argument
42
The rise of Bath
65
John Woods Bath
81
Defoe and the politics of space
137
Fielding and the convenience of design
156
Richardson and the violation of space
181
The politics of space
200
Index
209
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