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date: 17 February 2020

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This essay investigates the conservative, loyalist fiction published in Britain during the French Revolution and its aftermath. A substantial number and a wide variety of these novels were published: long and short, propagandistic and philosophical, for adults and children and by obscure and well-known authors. The essay identifies and analyses the principal structures and themes of anti-Jacobin fiction, and closely examines a representative sample. It assesses their contribution to the ‘war of ideas’ and considers how they fit into larger histories of the novel.

Keywords: novels, 1790s, French Revolution, conservatism, anti-Jacobinism, children’s literature, William Godwin, Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Smith, Hannah More

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