Narrative Order, 1789–1819

Life and Story in an Age of Revolution

  • Authors
  • Gavin Edwards

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gavin Edwards
      Pages 3-20
    3. Gavin Edwards
      Pages 21-32
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Gavin Edwards
      Pages 81-99
    3. Gavin Edwards
      Pages 100-122
    4. Gavin Edwards
      Pages 123-138
    5. Gavin Edwards
      Pages 159-178
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 179-207

About this book


In the decades immediately following the French Revolution, British writers saw the narrative ordering of experience as either superficial, dangerous or impossible. Linking storytelling to other forms of social action, including the making of contracts and promises, Gavin Edwards argues that the experience of radical social upheaval produced a widespread scepticism about narrative as linguistic artefact, the transmission of narrative through storytelling and the understanding of individual or collective life as a temporal sequence with a beginning and an end.


Narrative Percy Bysshe Shelley time transmission William Wordsworth

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