Governing Consumption: Needs and Wants, Suspended Characters, and the "Origins" of Eighteenth-Century English Novels (The Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture)
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This study challenges the line of critical thinking that locates the "origins" of the novel in the eighteenth century. It offers a different way of understanding the novel, as well as the issues surrounding its "origins, " and applies these findings to some of the well-known novels of Defoe, Fielding, and Sterne.