"In the landscape of the early modern European comic novel the inn often features as a monument to digression - the perfect setting for chance encounters with strangers who always have a story to tell. This wide-ranging comparative study explores the special part played by the inn, tracing the progress of a succession of wayward heroes and narrators in five canonical texts: Cervantes's ""Don Quijote"", Scarron's ""Roman comique"", Fielding's ""Joseph Andrews"" and ""Tom Jones"", Sterne's ""Tristram Shandy"" and Diderot's ""Jacques le fataliste"". As this celebration of digressive fiction unfolds, a very different picture emerges of the novel's rise and development."

chapter |11 pages


chapter 2|38 pages

Don Quijote The Inn and the Castle

chapter 4|36 pages

Fielding I The Topography of Travel

chapter 5|28 pages

Fielding II The Topology of Travel

chapter 6|36 pages

Tristram Shandy Narrative as Travelogue

chapter |5 pages