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 exhibits how diversified conceptions of air within the eighteenth century converged in British fiction, generating the fashionable literary feel of surroundings and relocating novelists to discover the edge among fabric and immaterial worlds.


Air’s Appearance hyperlinks the emergence of literary surroundings to altering rules approximately air and the earth’s surroundings in ordinary 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 extraordinary new interpretation of a number of general 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 historical past of typical philosophy and in significant literary works like Paradise Lost, “The Rape of the Lock,” Robinson Crusoe, and The Mysteries of Udolpho, this ebook supplies to alter the ambience of eighteenth-century stories and the historical past of the novel.

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