Enlightenment and Political Fiction

Author(s): 
Miller, Cecilia
ISBN: 
9781138954175
Date published: 
March 2016
Hardback
Price: 
£90.00

The easy accessibility of political fiction in the long eighteenth century made it possible for any reader or listener to enter into the intellectual debates of the time, as much of the core of modern political and economic theory was to be found first in the fiction, not the theory, of this age. Amusingly, many of these abstract ideas were presented for the first time in stories featuring less-than-gifted central characters. The five particular works of fiction examined here, which this book takes as embodying the core of the Enlightenment, focus more on the individual than on social group.