New PDF release: Air's Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction,

By Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

ISBN-10: 0226476693

ISBN-13: 9780226476698

In Air’s Appearance, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis enlists her readers in pursuit of the elusive notion of surroundings in literary works. She exhibits how varied conceptions of air within the eighteenth century converged in British fiction, generating the trendy literary experience of surroundings and relocating novelists to discover the brink among fabric and immaterial worlds.


Air’s Appearance hyperlinks the emergence of literary surroundings to altering rules approximately air and the earth’s surroundings in normal philosophy, in addition to to the era’s theories of the supernatural and fascination with social manners—or, as they're referred to now, “airs.” Lewis therefore bargains a impressive new interpretation of a number of regular positive factors of the Enlightenment—the medical revolution, the decline of magic, character-based sociability, and the increase of the novel—that considers them by way of the romance of air that permeates and connects them. because it explores key episodes within the heritage of ordinary philosophy and in significant literary works like Paradise Lost, “The Rape of the Lock,” Robinson Crusoe, and The Mysteries of Udolpho, this e-book delivers to alter the ambience of eighteenth-century reports and the historical past of the novel.

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