Air's Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, by Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

By Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

In Air’s Appearance, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis enlists her readers in pursuit of the elusive suggestion of surroundings in literary works. She indicates how various conceptions of air within the eighteenth century converged in British fiction, generating the trendy literary experience of surroundings and relocating novelists to discover the brink among fabric and immaterial worlds.

 

Air’s Appearance hyperlinks the emergence of literary surroundings to altering principles approximately air and the earth’s surroundings in normal philosophy, in addition to to the era’s theories of the supernatural and fascination with social manners—or, as they're referred to now, “airs.” Lewis hence deals a awesome new interpretation of numerous common good points of the Enlightenment—the medical revolution, the decline of magic, character-based sociability, and the increase of the novel—that considers them by way of the romance of air that permeates and connects them. because it explores key episodes within the heritage of traditional philosophy and in significant literary works like Paradise Lost, “The Rape of the Lock,” Robinson Crusoe, and The Mysteries of Udolpho, this booklet offers to alter the ambience of eighteenth-century experiences and the background of the novel.

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