How Novels Think: The Limits of Individualism from 1719-1900.
Amrstrong argues that the history of the novel and the history of the modern individual are one and the same. She shows how fiction interplayed with history and culture as our ideas of ourselves changed during the crucial 18th and 19th centuries. Defoe, Austen, Scott, Bronte, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, and Stoker are placed in dialogue with Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Malthus, Darwin, Kant and Freud. A critical thinker's delight. Columbia UP. 2005. Paper. NEW. $30.00