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Author Brewer, David A. (David Allen), 1969-

Title The afterlife of character, 1726-1825 / David A. Brewer
Published Philadelphia [Pa.] : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005


Description 1 online resource (262 pages) : illustrations
Series Material texts
Material texts.
Contents Cottagers upon the textual commons, an introduction. The invention of the fictional archive -- Visualization, theatricality, fame -- Character migration, detachability, old friends -- Lewd engraftments and the Richardsonian Coterie public -- Shandyism and the club of true feelers -- Soctt's parental interest, an afterword
Summary "The Afterlife of Character, 1726-1825 reconstructs how eighteenth-century British readers invented further adventures for beloved characters, including Gulliver, Falstaff, Pamela, and Tristram Shandy. Far from being close-ended and self-contained, the novels and plays in which these characters first appeared were treated by many as merely a starting point, a collective reference perpetually inviting augmentation through an astonishing wealth of unauthorized sequels. Characters became an inexhaustible form of common property, despite their patent authorship. Readers endowed them with value, knowing all the while that others were doing the same and so were collectively forging a new mode of virtual community."
"In its innovative methodology and its unprecedented attention to the productive interplay between the audience, the book as a material artifact, and the text as an immaterial entity, The Afterlife of Character, 1726-1825 offers a new approach to eighteenth-century studies, the history of the book, and the very idea of character itself."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-251) and index
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Subject English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Characters and characteristics in literature.
Intellectual property -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Intellectual property -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Authors and readers -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Authors and readers -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- History -- 19th century
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- History -- 18th century
Sequels (Literature)
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Authors and readers.
Characters and characteristics in literature.
English literature.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Intellectual property.
Sequels (Literature)
Literarische Gestalt
Intellectueel eigendom.
Great Britain.
Verenigd Koninkrijk van Groot-Brittannië en Noord-Ierland.
Genre/Form Sequels (Literature)
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Sequels (Literature)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004061217
ISBN 9780812201437