CliffsNotes on Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman

CliffsNotes on Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman

CliffsNotes on Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman

CliffsNotes on Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman

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This novel is based on the nineteenth-century romantic or gothic novel, a literary genre which can trace its origins back to the eighteenth century. Although Fowles perfectly reproduces typical characters, situations, and even dialogue, the reader should always be aware of the irony inherent in Fowles’ perception; for his perspective, however cleverly disguised, is that of the twentieth century. We see this both in the authorial intrusions, which comment on the mores of people in Victorian England, and in his choice of opening quotations, which are drawn from the writings of people whose observations belie the assumptions that most Victorians held about their world.

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