Fanny Burney's three eighteenth-century romances : Evelina, Cecelia, and Camilla

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Martha Gleaton Brown (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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James E. Evans

Abstract: Although the novels of Fanny Burney were highly regarded in their own time, modern critical assessments frequently conclude them to be flawed by contrived plots, flat, static characters, artificial language, and didacticism. These criticisms clearly trace to a modern insistence on realism as the defining quality of good fiction. This study contends that Burney's novels, like most eighteenth-century fiction, are deeply indebted to the romance tradition and so are not answerable to critical evaluations that use realism as the only yardstick. In fact, Burney's fiction cannot be fully understood or appreciated until it is placed in its appropriate context and viewed as a synthesis of older romance concerns and techniques and newer realistic ones.

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Language: English
Date: 1980
Burney, Fanny, $d 1752-1840 $x Criticism and interpretation
Burney, Fanny, $d 1752-1840. $t Camilla
Burney, Fanny, $d 1752-1840. $t Evelina
Burney, Fanny, $d 1752-1840. $t Cecelia

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