The Silver Fork Novel: Fashionable Fiction in the Age of Reform

The Silver Fork Novel: Fashionable Fiction in the Age of Reform

Edward M. Copeland III


within the early 19th century there has been a unexpected style for novels centering at the glamour of aristocratic social and political existence. Such novels, appealing as they have been to middle-class readers, have been condemned via modern critics as dangerously seductive, crassly advertisement, designed for the 'masses' and totally unworthy of regard. until eventually lately, silver-fork novels have eluded severe attention and been overshadowed by way of authors comparable to Jane Austen. They have been encouraged via Austen at their very private degrees, yet have been sarcastically drummed out of historical past by means of the very canon-makers who have been utilizing Austen's identify to set up their very own legitimacy. this primary sleek full-length examine of the silver-fork novel argues that those novels have been in truth instruments of persuasion, novels intentionally aimed toward bringing the British heart periods into an alliance with an aristocratic software of political reform

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