Impartial Stranger: History and Intertextuality in Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
University of Delaware Press, 1999 - 290 pages
The analysis of particular cases of the interplay of dramatic and fictional forms in this eighteenth-century landmark provides a perspective on theories of historical narrative as well as an illustration of the problems encountered by Enlightenment historians in finding a satisfactory literary vehicle."--BOOK JACKET.
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