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Vincent Newey

Vincent Newey is Head of the English Department at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of Cowper’s Poetry: A Critical Study and has edited a collection of essays on John Bunyan.

Upright Ends

Vincent Newey, 1 October 1987

Ian Watt’s The Rise of the Novel, which Michael McKeon energetically bids to transcend, gave us, whatever else, the clear image and serviceable concept: ‘formal realism’, the growth of ‘the middle class’, secularised Protestant Man proudly bearing the standard of an aggressive ‘individualism’ – on Crusoe’s hard-won island as in the socioeconomic landscape of contemporary England. McKeon’s is on the whole more the beetle’s-eye view, tracking at the dark tangled roots the processes of historical change and he novel’s becoming.’

Missing Elements

Rosalind Mitchison, 14 May 1992

In all our sets of mental pigeonholes there is one labelled ‘don’t bother’. It contains groups of people and of ideas to which we have decided not to pay attention. These books,...

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