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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


Joseph Andrews and the Great Laughter Debate

Simon Dickie

in Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

In the spring of 1741, Henry Fielding made the decision to distance himself from his reputation for profanity, low humor, and spiteful personal satire. Joseph Andrews was the project through which he ... More


Henry Fielding at Bow Street

J. M. Beattie

in The First English Detectives: The Bow Street Runners and the Policing of London, 1750-1840

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199695164
eISBN:
9780191738746
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695164.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Examines the crime wave after the conclusion of a war in 1748, particularly the extent of violent offences on the streets of the capital and on the highways on the outskirts. The chapter goes on to ... More


The Dissipation of Tom Jones

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

in Air’s Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, 1660–1794

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226476698
eISBN:
9780226476711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226476711.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The “great Shocks” which convulsed London in the winter of 1749 caught the eye of literary scholars, especially as Anglican bishop Thomas Sherlock interpreted and announced them as a sign that God ... More


Henry Fielding and Social Reform

Nicholas Rogers

in Mayhem: Post-War Crime and Violence in Britain, 1748-53

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300169621
eISBN:
9780300189063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300169621.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter elaborates the role of Henry Fielding in social reforms in Britain. Fielding was at the centre of the demobilization crisis of 1748–1753. He became a magistrate first of Westminster and ... More


Fielding’s Statues of Surprize

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/9780801453694.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines how Henry Fielding makes surprise eminently visible in his novels. It shows that Fielding's fiction incorporates the gendered forms of surprise exemplified by both Robinson ... More


The First English Detectives: The Bow Street Runners and the Policing of London, 1750-1840

J. M. Beattie

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199695164
eISBN:
9780191738746
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695164.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This is the first intensive study of the Bow Street runners, a group of men established by Henry Fielding, in the middle of the eighteenth century with the financial support of the government to ... More


1730–1780 The Trade of Libelling: Fielding, Johnson

Thomas Keymer

in Poetics of the Pillory: English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198744498
eISBN:
9780191816314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198744498.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

Eighteenth-century cases from Nathaniel Mist and Edmund Curll to John Shebbeare and a printer of Wilkes’s North Briton gave rise to a new satirical trope, frequently found in the 1730–80 period, in ... More


Suspending the Reader in Tom Jones and The Castle of Otranto

Sarah Tindal Kareem

in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Reinvention of Wonder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199689101
eISBN:
9780191802027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689101.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Chapter 3 shows how the heterocosmic model of art invites the reader to consume fiction with the wonder associated with new world encounters. However, writers must also find new ways of sustaining ... More


Henry Fielding’s Probability Design

Karin Kukkonen

in A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190634766
eISBN:
9780190634780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634766.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter discusses the “perfection of plot” ascribed to Henry Fielding’s novel Tom Jones in terms of the principle of decorum and probability design. The argument is related to the debates around ... More


Bi-sexing the Unmentionable Mary Hamiltons in A Room of One’s Own: The Truth and Consequences of Unintended Pregnancies and Calculated Cross-Dressing

Vara S. Neverow

in Contradictory Woolf

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780983533955
eISBN:
9781781384930
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter offers a reading of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, focusing on the four Marys in the novel. In the second paragraph of A Room, the nameless narrator mentions three Marys: Mary ... More


A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Rachel Bowlby

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Among the elementary human stories, parenthood has tended to go untold. Compared to the spectacular attachments of romantic love, it is only the predictable sequel. Compared to the passions of ... More


Realism’s Ghosts: Science and Spectacle in

Joseph Drury

in Novel Machines: Technology and Narrative Form in Enlightenment Britain

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198792383
eISBN:
9780191834394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792383.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Accounts of the enlightened philosophical principles of Fielding’s fiction have struggled to explain the performativity of his narrator and the miraculous implausibilities of his plot. This chapter ... More


‘Moral Romance’ and the Novel at Mid-Century

Peter Sabor

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199580033
eISBN:
9780191869730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199580033.003.0035
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter surveys the English novel in the pivotal decade of the 1740s. Besides the landmark novels of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding, Sarah Fielding also pushed a didactic conception of the ... More


The Novel of Development

Patricia Meyer Spacks

in Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110319
eISBN:
9780300128338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110319.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter focuses on novels of development. Henry Fielding's Tom Jones is the perfect example to explain this type of novel. It has in it that vital and sexy appeal, following the career of a ... More


His and Hers: Henry Fielding's Tom Jones

Rachel Bowlby

in A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199607945
eISBN:
9780191760518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607945.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

Tom Jones's foundling status, in a novel published in the same decade as the opening of the London Foundling Hospital in 1741 (Chapter 4), has very little effect on his life: he is raised where he ... More


Cervantine Sallies Eighteenth-Century France and England

Manuel Duran and Fay R. Rogg

in Fighting Windmills: Encounters with Don Quixote

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110227
eISBN:
9780300134964
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110227.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter discusses the influence of Don Quixote on the work of eighteenth-century writers. It considers Voltaire's Candide, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, as well as the works ... More


Clarissa and Tom Jones

J. A. Downie

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199580033
eISBN:
9780191869730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199580033.003.0034
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter compares the narrative techniques of Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa and Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. While critics often assume that Fielding is merely a ‘readerly’ writer, making readers ... More


The Novel in the 1750s

E. J. Clery

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199574803
eISBN:
9780191869747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199574803.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter looks at the novel in the 1750s. The genre had started the decade with its reputation riding high on the remarkable success of Samuel Richardson's Clarissa (1748–9), Tobias Smollett's ... More


The Pamela Debate

Thomas Lockwood

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199580033
eISBN:
9780191869730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199580033.003.0033
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines the impact and influence of Samuel Richardson’s first novel, Pamela. While Richardson was writing on his own account well before Pamela, the novel’s impact was dramatic and ... More


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