The English Realist Novel The Novel And Other Literary Forms - Essay

The Novel And Other Literary Forms

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Terry Castle (essay date 1986)

SOURCE: "Literary Transformations: The Masquerade in English Fiction," in Masquerade and Civilization: The Carnivalesque in Eighteenth-Century English Culture and Fiction, Stanford University Press, 1986, pp. 110-29.

[In this excerpt from a study of the carnivalesque, Castle examines the relationship between the masquerade and English fiction in the eighteenth century.]

The literary history of the masquerade in England could be said to begin, not with a novelist at all, but with John Dryden. The following dialogue from Marriage a la Mode (1673) celebrates the birth of a topos:

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