Gerd Bayer
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The novel and its critics
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This chapter offers a historical survey of criticism of the form of the novel, going back to seventeenth-century debates. It shows how questions of canonicity determine most critical approaches and how the debate about the novel as a genre has developed from a fringe interest to a highly-specialized sub-discipline of literary studies. It points to the Restoration as a historical moment that, in these critical debates, is frequently ignored.

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