History of the novel in stories of femininity: Moll flanders, Evelina and Fordyce’s sermons /

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2015
Kaya, Tuğba Billur
In this study the rise of the English novel is investigated from the perspective of Nancy Armstrong’s Desire and Domestic Fiction which put forward that the novel genre emerged out of the conduct books of seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Within this scope two of the first English novels Moll Flanders (1742) by Daniel Defoe and Evelina (1778) by Frances Burney will be studied side-by-side by comparing their plots with one of the most popular conduct books of the era: Fordyce’s Sermons. The study aims to draw parallelisms and reveal the clashes among these three texts to shed light upon how novels came into to existence and why some of them, like Moll Flanders, were blacklisted and forced into an underground existence while others, Evelina, were praised and taken as examples by later writers.

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T. B. Kaya, “History of the novel in stories of femininity: Moll flanders, Evelina and Fordyce’s sermons /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.