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Romancing the Novel examines the ways in which romance forms characteristic of "boys' books" as exemplified in the novels of Scott, Dumas, Verne, and Stevenson influence narratives not generally put in the same category, both psychoanalytical accounts of the psyche and novels by authors as diverse as George Eliot, Ursula Le Guin, Joseph Conrad, and W. G. Sebald. Romancing the Novel's reading of adventure tradition should be of interest to scholars of nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, popular and children's literature, feminist scholars, and scholars of narrative and prose fiction. In its reading of adventure and the masculine romance, Romancing the Novel returns to the persistent question of genre that underlies criticism of the novel throughout the twentieth century in order to reassert the primacy of romance forms and fictionality.