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Richardson's Clarissa and the eighteenth-century reader

Author: Thomas Keymer
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Series: Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought, 13.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Clarissa is one of the undisputed masterpieces of eighteenth-century literature and of the English novel. Recently it has also become central to poststructuralist, psychoanalytic and feminist debate. This book, whilst benefiting from recent theoretical studies, restores Clarissa to its largely neglected eighteenth-century context. Reading the novel against a variety of literary, historical and cultural backgrounds,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Samuel Richardson; Samuel Richardson; Samuel Richardson; Leser; Samuel Richardson
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Keymer
ISBN: 0521390230 9780521390231
OCLC Number: 23869115
Description: xxiii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Reading epistolary fiction --
Familiar letters and the language of the heart --
A short account of God's dealings with Pamela Andrews --
Richardson's correspondence with Eusebius Silvester, 1754-1759; or, How to do things with letters --
Epistolary form in Clarissa: some preliminaries --
Richardson's reader --
2. Casuistry in Clarissa: The first instalment, December 1747 --
Richardson and casuistry --
Parents, children and the ethics of relative duty --
The father's house --
Seeming just: Clarissa as narrator --
Beyond casuistry --
3. The part of the serpent: The second instalment, April 1748 --
Representation and disruption: two controversies --
Tearing up fences: Lovelace as plotter --
Throwing dust: Lovelace as writer --
Satan himself --
4. Forensic realism: The third instalment, December 1748 --
Providence, anti-Providence and the instability of justice --
Justice and justification in Lady Echlin's ending --
Cavils about words: language, narration and the legal paradigm in Richardson's ending --
Trials of the reader's judgment.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought, 13.
Responsibility: Tom Keymer.
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Whilst drawing to some extent on recent theoretical studies, this book restores Clarissa to its largely neglected eighteenth-century context.  Read more...

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