Some Characteristics of  Eighteenth-Century Novels

from J. Paul Hunter Before Novels

1. Presence of  wonders and marvels

2. Emphasis on news and novelty

3. Plots spiced with taboos

4. Narration often confessional, exhibitionistic

5. Reading imagined as solitary experience for individuals

6. Usually target audience is young readers

7. interest in epistemology--how we know what we know

8. an imperialistic form willing to colonize all discourses for its materials

9. openly didactic