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Anti jacobean novel by M. O. Grenby

By M. O. Grenby

The French Revolution sparked an ideological debate that introduced Britain to the edge of its personal revolution within the 1790s. As radicals became to the writing of "Jacobin" fiction, the terror of uprising caused conservatives to jot down novels. this is often the 1st e-book to ascertain the level and diversity of Anti-Jacobin fiction. in addition to deciding upon an extraordinary variety of those novels and contemplating what they comprise, M.O. Grenby investigates why they have been written, specifically by means of ladies, and why they proved to be so renowned.

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But O! when one figures to the Imagination the various Sufferings of the unhappy Victims, as well as the complicated Woes of their surviving Friends, what awful Thoughts does it excite!   In effect, our response has been controlled through the response of our representative reader of the Revolution in the narrative.

The Jacobin fictions which appeared most menacing, and for most conservatives symbolised all Jacobin novels, were Godwin’s Caleb Williams ( ) and St Leon ( ), both of which launched flotillas of rejoinders and allowed the anti-Jacobin novel to define itself in terms of what it was not.  Perhaps the clearest statement of what almost all the anti-Jacobin novelists were doing is to be found in the dedication to George Walker’s The Vagabond ( ).  It is from this determination to fight fire with fire that the unanimity of anti-Jacobin fiction derives.

For, she added, The new philosophy of the present day avows a levelling principle, and declares that a state of anarchy is more beautiful than that of order and regularity. There is nothing more likely to convince mankind of the errors of these men, than to Novels reproved and reprieved  set before them examples of good government, and warnings of the mischievous consequences of their own principles.  That there was no outpouring of conservative novels between   and the last one or two years of the century is a matter requiring attention.

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