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How to read Tristram Shandy

Authors
Journal
XVII-XVIII Bulletin de la société d études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles
0291-3798
Publisher
PERSEE Program
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Volume
63
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3406/xvii.2006.2318

Abstract

Tristram Shandy was published in five stages over a period of eighty-five months. Any reading of the book must take this into account, as well as the fact that Tristram Shandy did not start out as a •novel” inthe modern sense of that word. This article, which has been written with a novice reader in mind, focuses on aspects of Sterne’s art that are usually overlooked and offers an overview of possible frames of reference with which to classify one of the most puzzling books of English literature.

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