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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


Novels of Consciousness

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/9780300110319.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores the form and function of novels of consciousness. Where novels like Tom Jones and Peregrine Pickle focused on the events that happen in the world, other authors instead focused ... More


Letters in the Novel and the Novel in Letters: Henry Mackenzie’s Julia de Roubigné and the Afterlife of the Epistolary Novel

Jeanne M. Britton

in Vicarious Narratives: A Literary History of Sympathy, 1750-1850

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198846697
eISBN:
9780191881701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846697.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter argues that Henry Mackenzie’s novel in letters Julia de Roubigné marks a transition from epistolary novels that are characterized by numerous correspondents who betray a desperate need ... More


Pamela and Plato: Ancient and Modern Epistolary Narratives

A. D. Morrison

in Defining Greek Narrative

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748680108
eISBN:
9780748697007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680108.003.0015
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter discusses differences and similarities between ancient and modern epistolary narratives, comparing Richardson's Pamela, Goethe's Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, Laclos’ Les Liaisons ... More


The Case of Werther and the Institution of Literature

Arne Höcker

in The Case of Literature: Forensic Narratives from Goethe to Kafka

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781501749353
eISBN:
9781501749384
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749353.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses Johann Wolfgang Goethe's first novel, The Sufferings of Young Werther (1774). This novel not only created a new kind of hero with whom a whole generation of young readers could ... 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


Getting Around the Protocity: The Coquette and The Boarding School

Betsy Klimasmith

in Urban Rehearsals and Novel Plots in the Early American City

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192846211
eISBN:
9780191938566
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192846211.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Chapter 3, “Getting Around the Protocity,” tracks the emerging city’s local and associative networks through the practices of urban visiting and letter writing that structure Hannah Webster Foster’s ... More


A ‘poor crotchety picture of several things’: Antiquarianism, Subjectivity, and the Novel in Thomas Carlyle’s Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell

Porscha Fermanis

in Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199687084
eISBN:
9780191766992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687084.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter argues that Thomas Carlyle’s Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell (1845) enacts a methodological struggle between the ‘artist’ and the ‘workman’, associating the ‘artist historian’ ... More


Vicarious Narratives: A Literary History of Sympathy, 1750-1850

Jeanne M. Britton

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198846697
eISBN:
9780191881701
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846697.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

In 1759, Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments defines sympathy as a series of shifts in perspective by which one sees from a different point of view. British and French novels published over the ... More


Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

Mae G. Henderson

in Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195116595
eISBN:
9780199375219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116595.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, Women's Literature

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple revises the traditional English epistolary novel, a form invented by men writing about women. This chapter argues that both author and her women characters, Celie and ... More


Book Reviews

Joseph Perl

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13: Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774600
eISBN:
9781800340701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0037
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter evaluates Joseph Perl's work on hasidism, Megaleh temirin (Revealer of Secrets: The First Hebrew Novel, 1997). Megaleh temirin is an epistolary novel that parodied the hasidic books and ... More


The Writer

Marta Figlerowicz

in Flat Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780190496760
eISBN:
9780190496784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496760.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The second chapter discusses Françoise de Graffigny’s Letters from a Peruvian Woman (1747) and Isabelle de Charrière’s Letters of Mistress Henley (1784). Responding to Nancy Armstrong, the chapter ... More


On History and Love: Thessalonikē, the Thessalonian Correspondence, and the Afterlife of the Apostle Paul

Laura Salah Nasrallah

in Archaeology and the Letters of Paul

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780199699674
eISBN:
9780191822339
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199699674.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Early Christian Studies

Early Christians acted “out of love” for Paul—to quote a phrase from Tertullian—producing other texts and stories in his name or associated with him. Such pseudepigraphical writings should be ... More


Fictions of Female Ascendance

Matthew Head

in Sovereign Feminine: Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780520273849
eISBN:
9780520954762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520273849.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Literary culture of the German Enlightenment experimented with a new ideal of female nature and authorship, exulting in Sophie von La Roche’s reportedly artless epistolary novel, Lady Sophie ... More


Outside of Dreams

Ethel Morgan Smith

in Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732740
eISBN:
9781604734713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732740.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter describes how the chapter’s author, Ethel Morgan Smith, met Alice Bookman in her screenwriting class at a writer’s conference on St. Simon in Georgia. During the author’s last three ... More


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