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dc.contributor.authorHall, Amelia Lee
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-10T20:23:39Z
dc.date.issued2020-05
dc.identifier.otherHall_cornellgrad_0058F_12008
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/cornellgrad:12008
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/70360
dc.description183 pages
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation uncovers the crucial role that chapter epigraphs played in the evolution of the English novel’s form and develops a new theory for reading this structurally significant paratext. Drawing our attention to epigraphs’ profoundly expressive non-semantic qualities, including size, attribution, aggregation, optionality, diversion, and hierarchical organization, “Epigraphic Encounters” argues that writers of the long nineteenth century harnessed these elements in order to create meaning and negotiate generic transformations—first from poetry to the novel, and then from one novel genre to another. Case studies of Ann Radcliffe, Walter Scott, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot demonstrate how chapter epigraphs facilitated the emergence of gothic, historical, and realist novels by making literary-historical negotiations an indelible part of their structural framework. The fifth chapter examines the influence of these texts on the twentieth-century writer John Fowles, and the role his novels played in characterizing chapter epigraphs as a “quintessentially” Victorian phenomenon. These readings ultimately lead to a more capacious understanding of epigraphic form in spatial, temporal, social, and material terms.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectBritish
dc.subjectEpigraph
dc.subjectNineteenth Century
dc.subjectNovel
dc.subjectParatext
dc.subjectVictorian
dc.titleEpigraphic Encounters and the Origins of the English Novel
dc.typedissertation or thesis
dc.description.embargo2022-06-08
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish Language and Literature
thesis.degree.grantorCornell University
thesis.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.namePh. D., English Language and Literature
dc.contributor.chairHanson, Ellis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCohn, Elisha
dc.contributor.committeeMemberShaw, Harry
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLevine, Caroline
dcterms.licensehttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/59810
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.7298/g12y-tm46


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