While Octavian is called a novel, it is in the strictest sense of the word, a miscellany, one of the defining literary forms of the age in which it is set. Miscellany is the Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century’s period-specific version of pastiche.
Superb discussion of the first volume of M. T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing at The Millions. Highly recommended.
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