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date: 17 January 2020

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This essay explores the development of the Evangelical novel in the early years of the nineteenth century. Drawing primarily on the novels of Barbara Hofland, Hannah More, and Mary Brunton, as well as the Cheap Repository Tracts, the essay identifies key characteristics of the Evangelical novel and proposes a theoretical framework for analysing it as homiletic and didactic fiction. The essay positions the Evangelical novel within the religious and social context of the late eighteenth century, as well as within the history of the novel, where its generic connections to individualism and realism are examined.

Keywords: Evangelicalism, Evangelical novel, didactic fiction, evangelical tracts, women writers, Mary Brunton, Hannah More, Barbara Hofland, Cheap Repository Tracts

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