Air's Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, by Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

By Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

In Air’s Appearance, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis enlists her readers in pursuit of the elusive proposal of surroundings in literary works. She exhibits how different 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 principles approximately air and the earth’s surroundings in usual 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 therefore deals a awesome new interpretation of a number of commonplace gains of the Enlightenment—the clinical 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 common philosophy and in significant literary works like Paradise Lost, “The Rape of the Lock,” Robinson Crusoe, and The Mysteries of Udolpho, this booklet gives you to alter the ambience of eighteenth-century reviews and the historical past of the novel.

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