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SurpriseThe Poetics of the Unexpected from Milton to Austen

Surprise: The Poetics of the Unexpected from Milton to Austen

Christopher R. Miller

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453694
eISBN:
9780801455780
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453694.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Today, in the era of the spoiler alert, “surprise” in fiction is primarily associated with an unexpected plot twist, but in earlier usage the word had darker and more complex meanings. Originally ... More

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