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Brothers, Sisters, and New Provinces of Writing

Jane Spencer

in Literary Relations: Kinship and the Canon 1660-1830

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199262960
eISBN:
9780191718731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262960.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

While paternal metaphors befit stories of the transmission of literary tradition, fraternal metaphors predominate at times of literary innovation. Through case studies of two sets of triangular ... More


Letter‐Writing and the Rise of the Novel: The Epistolary Literacy of Jane Johnson and Samuel Richardson

Susan E. Whyman

in The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199532445
eISBN:
9780191714535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532445.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter considers how letters became literary at a time when letters and literature were closely aligned. It suggests that epistolary literacy can offer new insights into the rise of the novel. ... More


Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century

John Mullan

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122524
eISBN:
9780191671449
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122524.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

With the rise of the novel in the mid-18th century came the rise of sentimentalism. While the fondness for sentiment embarrassed later literary critics, it originally legitimized a morally suspect ... More


Richardson: Sentiment and the Construction of Femininity

John Mullan

in Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122524
eISBN:
9780191671449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122524.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Throughout the 18th century, those who extolled Samuel Richardson's novels as paragons of their form emphasized two things: these texts inculcated virtue, and they staged exquisite scenes of feeling ... More


Collusive Resistance and Complicit Virtue: Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa

Toni Bowers

in Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199592135
eISBN:
9780191725340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592135.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter argues that Samuel Richardson used the representational structures he inherited from the seduction fiction of Behn, Manley, and Haywood to articulate tory sensibility in the wake of his ... More


Protestant Nunneries, Polygamy, and Christian Heroes: ‘One good thing’: An English Convent

Emma Major

in Madam Britannia: Women, Church, and Nation 1712-1812

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199699377
eISBN:
9780191738029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699377.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter discusses eighteenth-century interest in Protestant nunneries, and considers the problems presented to writers of Christian heroes faced with such virtuous women. It begins by outlining ... More


Richardson's Pamela and Domestic Service

Bridget Hill

in Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206217
eISBN:
9780191677021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter examines Samuel Richardson's novel Pamela as it relates to domestic servants in England during the 18th century. It suggests that one of the reasons for the immense popularity of the ... More


Histories of Rebellion: From 1688 to 1793

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

History has been used in different novels during the late 17th century and the beginning of the 18th century. A connection between romance and history is explored in the chapter. Several writers ... More


The Novel of Suffering: Richardson, Fielding, and Goldsmith

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Samuel Richardson's Clarissa, Amelia and Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield and other works are all examined in detail in the chapter. The novels are known for their biblical reference to the ... More


The Dramatist and the Novelist

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter traces the different trajectories of Aphra Behn's 18th-century life as a dramatist and as a writer of fiction. Behn's fiction remained current in the later 18th century, with editions of ... More


Familiarity in Life and Letters

Sarah M. S. Pearsall

in Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199532995
eISBN:
9780191714443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532995.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter defines the concept of familiarity, a means by which even individuals not related by family could achieve family-like relationships. Such familiarity — distinguished from either ... More


Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685-1750

Christine Gerrard

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198183884
eISBN:
9780191714122
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183884.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

During his lifetime Aaron Hill was one of the most lively cultural patrons and brokers on the London literary scene — an image hard to square with the company of undistinguished scribblers to which ... More


Introduction

John Mullan

in Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122524
eISBN:
9780191671449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122524.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter focuses on three very different writers whose works all chronicle peculiarly intimate relationships between the texts they produced and the social lives for which they also became known: ... More


Performing Madam Britannia and the Blessing of Example

Emma Major

in Madam Britannia: Women, Church, and Nation 1712-1812

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199699377
eISBN:
9780191738029
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199699377.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter looks at some women who were claimed by their contemporaries as examples to the nation or as women who benefited the public. It begins with Elizabeth Burnet, who was involved in the ... More


The Purification of Surprise in Pamela

Christopher R. Miller

in Surprise: The Poetics of the Unexpected from Milton to Austen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453694
eISBN:
9780801455780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453694.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines how moral instruction and surprise intertwine in Samuel Richardson's 1740 novel Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded. It first considers Eliza Haywood's romance The Surprize; Or, ... More


The Availability of Virtue

John Mullan

in Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122524
eISBN:
9780191671449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122524.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

In 1779, there appeared through three consecutive issues of the Edinburgh periodical The Mirror a sentimental tale which became known, and much anthologized, as the ‘Story of La Roche’. It was ... More


Judging Clarissa's Heart

Hina Nazar

in Enlightened Sentiments: Judgment and Autonomy in the Age of Sensibility

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823240074
eISBN:
9780823240111
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240074.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers the famous “inward turn” Samuel Richardson's seminal sentimental novel, Clarissa, instantiates at the level of both form and moral theme. The story of a virtuous young woman ... More


Genre and Countergenre: Age of Iron, Pamela, and Don Quixote

Patrick Hayes

in J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199587957
eISBN:
9780191723292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587957.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter argues that the sheer inventiveness of Coetzee's exploration of the relationship between an ‘ethics of alterity’ and the situation of South African politics has been misunderstood due to ... More


Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760

Toni Bowers

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199592135
eISBN:
9780191725340
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592135.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Force or Fraud—rape or seduction? This book examines the development, between the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the accession of George III in 1760, of the peculiarly modern habit of making ... More


Life after Fifteen: Hester Mulso Chapone on the Education of Women

Sylvia Harcstark Myers

in The Bluestocking Circle: Women, Friendship, and the Life of the Mind in Eighteenth-Century England

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117674
eISBN:
9780191671043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117674.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Women's Literature

This chapter discusses Hester Mulso Chapone, who entered into a long and important controversy with Samuel Richardson about women's rights. Chapone's works and their subsequent editions appear to ... More


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