Types, characters, individuals
in Novel horizons
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Continuing the textual analyses from the previous section, this chapter focuses on the portrayal of characters in Restoration fiction. It shows that far from including exclusively flat characters, various works experimented with fully-rounded and developing characters that reveal an almost enlightened sense of individuality. Many works also continued in the more predictable mode of Renaissance romances, with courtly types fulfilling their predestined roles. Direct speech, letters and versions of the interior monologue are all used to provide readers with a clear sense of individual characters

Novel horizons

The genre making of Restoration fiction


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