Or Virtue Rewarded

Author: Samuel Richardson

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191605166

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 8330


'Pamela under the Notion of being a Virtuous Modest Girl will be introduced into all Familes,and when she gets there, what Scenes does she represent? Why a fine young Gentleman endeavouring to debauch a beautiful young Girl of Sixteen.' (Pamela Censured, 1741) One of the most spectacular successes of the burgeoning literary marketplace of eighteeent-century London, Pamela also marked a defining moment in the emergence of the modern novel. In the words of one contemporary, it divided the world 'into two different Parties, Pamelists and Antipamelists', even eclipsing the sensational factional politics of the day. Preached up for its morality, and denounced as pornography in disguise, it vividly describes a young servant's long resistance to the attempts of her predatory master to seduce her. Written in the voice of its low-born heroine, but by a printer who fifteen years earlier had narrowly escaped imprisonment for the seditious output of his press, Pamela is not only a work of pioneering psychological complexity, but also a compelling and provocative study of power and its abuse. Based on the original text of 1740, from which Richardson later retreated in a series of defensive revisions, this edition makes available the version of Pamela that aroused such widespread controversy on its first appearance. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Passion and Virtue

Essays on the Novels of Samuel Richardson

Author: David Blewett

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802035035

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

View: 2289


Richardson's novels reveal the conflict of human passion in all its aspects ? love, lust, and suffering. This conflict is considered and critically analysed in fourteen essays, all originally published in Eighteenth-Century Fiction.


The Cultural Logic of Modernity

Author: Zubin Meer

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739122649

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 1731


Papers presented at a conference of the American Comparative Literature Association held at Princeton University.

Symptoms of Disorder: Reading Madness in British Literature, 1744-1845

Author: Natali, Ilaria ,Volpone, Annalisa

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 1621967093

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

View: 547


The stylistic and cultural discourse concerning the narratives of mental disorder is the main focus of Symptoms of Disorder: Reading Madness in British Literature 1744-1845. This collection offers new insights into the representation of madness in British literature between two landmark dates for the social, philosophical and medical history of mental deviance: 1744 and 1845. In 1744, the Vagrancy Act first mentions 'lunatics' as a specific category, which is itself a social 'symptom' of an emerging need for isolation and confinement of the insane. A more sophisticated and attentive care of the 'fool' is testified only by the 1845 Lunatic Asylums Act, which established specific processes safeguarding against the wrongful detention of patients in public and private facilities. In stressing for the first time the momentous change the notion of madness underwent between these years, this book provides a fresh and absolutely unique perspective on some of the major works connected with mental disorder. The chronological boundaries also provide the collection with a definite and unifying frame, which comprises social, cultural, legal and medical aspects of madness as an historical phenomenon. It is within this frame that the eight essays composing the body of the book discuss how madness is recounted, or even experienced, by authors such as Christopher Smart and William Cowper, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Thomas Perceval, Samuel Richardson, Charlotte Lennox, Eliza Haywood, and Alfred Tennyson. Symptoms of Disorder draws a wide-ranging map of different representations of madness and their historic functioning between the 18th and 19th centuries. The organizational principle of this collection is a double perspective, which allows to suitably articulate the characterizations of insanity into themes and genres. Reflecting the two main ways in which literary madness can be employed as a critical device in literature, the chapters are grouped into theme-oriented and writer-oriented analyses. Other collections dealing with literature and madness have already coped, to a certain degree, with works that represent insane characters and authors who adopt 'deviant' voices as a fictional or rhetoric expedient. Fewer studies of the same kind, instead, have offered a more comprehensive picture by also looking at the alleged insanity of the writer, and at those linguistic, stylistic and semantic elements which at some stage were commonly believed to be an expression of insanity. This is one of the first studies which addresses the representation of madness from both these intertwined perspectives. See for more information.

Framing Women

Changing Frames of Representation from the Enlightenment to Postmodernism

Author: Sandra Carroll,Peter Wagner,Birgit Pretzsch

Publisher: Max Niemeyer Verlag


Category: Arts, Modern

Page: 346

View: 494


With contributions of scholars from Europe and North America, this book covers the representation of women in word and image in the context of changing frames of mentalities in two distinct periods - the Enlightenment and postmodernism. Subjects and artists/authors covered include prostitution, English and French art (Hogarth, Reynolds, Beardsley, Greuze), postmodern feminist theatre, recent fiction by Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Atwood and Spanish literature. Special chapters deal with the construction of women in recent popular animated cartoons and computer games.

The Solitary Vice

Against Reading

Author: Mikita Brottman

Publisher: Counterpoint Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

View: 2167


An exploration of the value of reading challenges the notion that nonreaders are doomed to lives of mental decay, asserting instead that reading is ultimately a vessel for self-exploration that is not without its dangers.

Women, Crime, and Character

From Moll Flanders to Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Author: Nicola Lacey

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: History

Page: 164

View: 7958


This book draws on law, literature, philosophy and social history to explore fundamental changes in ideas of selfhood, gender and social order in 18th and 19th Century England. Lacey argues that these changes underpinned a radical shift in mechanisms of responsibility-attribution, with decisive implications for the criminalisation of women.