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The Anthologized Novel

I FALL ZOOS/SPRING 2004 "Abridgment contributed to define prose narrative as the transparent medium into which all other genres could eventually be translated" (83).An example of this is the Lambs' Tales from Shakespeare, a novelization of Shakespeare meant to appeal to particular types of readers, such as families or women, with the aim of providing a version cleansed of its i m moral theatricality, or as Price writes of "displac[ing] the stage by the family" (84). While Price's analysis of this reworking of past texts for new kinds of readers is fascinating, one of the main arguments of the first two chapters is to show us how this shapes the future rather than the past: "by proving the power of low genres to establish a hierarchy of forms and audiences, the anthology shaped the production of new novels even more than the reproduction of the literary past" (99). Price is right to give Eliot a whole chapter. She is an important figure at the crossroads of not only publishing, editing, popular fiction and serious moralizing, but she is quoted to an almost bizarre degree: I have encountered quotations from Eliot's work on construction billboards in the mall, on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Novel: A Forum on Fiction Duke University Press

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