Plotting Fancy in The New Atalantis and Fantomina

  title={Plotting Fancy in The New Atalantis and Fantomina},
  author={Maura Josephine Smyth},
Chapter traces the thread of Fancy through the labyrinthine plots of Delarivier Manley and Eliza Haywood’s texts, in both of which the narrators evince a desire for narration for its own sake. As Tories writing after the final death throes of the absolutist monarchy in 1688, Manley and Haywood relocate in the figure of the narrator now-defunct absolute sovereignty. Their production of narrative excess becomes a sovereign act, one that asserts the emerging novel form as their own autonomous… CONTINUE READING