Gerd Bayer
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Seventeenth-century writing
Shifting forms
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This chapter provides the historical and cultural background for a discussion of Restoration literature. It argues that the manifold political and technological changes also impacted the way in which literature was produced and consumed. Literature as a medium was increasingly aimed at particular audiences, and in this development, generic expectations were redesigned and even created, at times subverting the supposed distinction between high and low culture. Through analyses of journalistic publications by Dunton and Motteux, the chapter demonstrates that different reading strategies for narrative prose fiction existed during the Restoration.

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Novel horizons

The genre making of Restoration fiction


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