The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Conservatism and the French Revolution

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Introduction

I beg Pardon for beingso prolix; but as I have the Subject very much at Heart, I know you will excuse this Effusion of Loyalty

Ann Thomas, Adolphus de Biron. A Novel (1795?)

Between 1791 and 1805 as many as fifty overtly conservative novels were published in Britain. Others contained distinctly conservative elements. These were the anti-Jacobin novels. They were written in opposition to what their authors believed, or perhaps affected to believe, were the principles of the French Revolution. The implicit assumption behind these books was that these Jacobin principles were establishing themselves in Britain where they threatened to undermine all that had enabled Britain to flourish and thrive. Some of the novels may certainly be considered propaganda. What is perhaps most revealing though is that others lacked an explicitly didactic intent. They seem to have absorbed and recapitulated conservative sentiments almost by default. How and why this happened is one of the subjects of this book. But however it was that so much fiction became aligned with a conservative agenda, these novels provide a very valuable insight into the society which created, commissioned and consumed them. Each novel is interestingin itself, but when read in aggregate, as if they constituted one single text, they take on a greater historical significance as a very direct manifestation of the British response to the French Revolution. And indeed, the two qualities which the late eighteenth-century novel has routinely been regarded as displaying– 'popularity as a form of entertainment and … inferiority as a form of art' 1 — provide a transparency in the relations between production and reception, and thus the link between literature and the society which generated it, which is seldom available. Their popularity, and their tendency to reproduce the familiarly conventional, endow these novels with a representativeness which entitles them to be thought of as a vital key to the understanding of British society in an age of crisis and as

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