Title

The British Season Novel 1806-1824: A Nineteenth-Century Microgenre

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2017

Publication Title

Victoriographies

Volume

7

Issue

2

First page number:

81

Last page number:

100

Abstract

This essay examines a set of two dozen or so novels published between 1806 and 1824 that, taken together, constitute a microgenre or highly specific subgenre, the ‘season novel’. From A Winter in London (1806) to A Winter in Washington (1824), season novels depict fashionable life in a particular locale for a limited span of time. The essay uses these texts as a case study to examine the processes of generic creation and extinction at close range, looking at the interplay of imitation and variation that helps propel artistic creation, the role of reviewers, and circulating library data.

Language

eng

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