"A tour de force that reconceptualizes literary history and repositions British literature to claim the imperial and trans-Atlantic origins of the British novel. "--Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, author ofDisorderly Conduct "A very exciting piece of work, with important implications for how we conceive projects in literary, intellectual, and cultural history. . . . It is sure to be a controversial study, but it will get serious attention, not just as a study of 'novels' and texts but as a provocative account of English history and of models for studying history."--J. Paul Hunter, author ofBefore NovelsArmstrong, Nancy is the author of 'Imaginary Puritan Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life' with ISBN 9780520086432 and ISBN 0520086430.