Passion and Virtue: Essays on the Novels of Samuel Richardson

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David Blewett
University of Toronto Press, 1 jan. 2001 - 344 pagina's

Love, lust and human suffering - passion in all its aspects - was Samuel Richardson's great theme. The essays in Passion and Virtue are thematically united by the moral vision in Richardson's novels. The novels reveal the conflicting demands of human passion, through the ennobling and destructive aspects of love and lust, and the attempt to achieve a virtuous existence through Christian suffering. This conflict is considered and critically analyzed in fourteen essays, all originally published in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, the leading periodical for fiction from this period.

Recently, Richardson's works have had a special acclaim, attracting more critical interest than those of any other eighteenth-century novelist. Encompassing a wide range of responses to the moral conflict portrayed at the heart of Richardson's novels, critical approaches in Passion and Virtue include the political, economic, psychological, philosophical, theological and biblical, . While his masterpiece, Clarissa, receives the most attention, both Pamela and Sir Charles Grandison are also examined, the latter only recently regaining critical favour. Each essay reflects the author's expertise and demonstrates the significant scholarship published in Eighteenth Century Fiction.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

Introduction DAVID BLEWETT
3
Pamela
27
The Place of Sally Godfrey in Richardsons Pamela
52
Structuring Social Authority
73
Protean Lovelace JOCELYN HARRIS
92
Gender
114
Is Clarissa Bourgeois Art? DANIEL P GUNN
135
The Passion of Clarissa Harlowe
152
Clarissa and Scripture
170
The Gnostic Clarissa MARGARET ANNE DOODY
210
Sir Charles Grandison
246
Anxiety in Sir Charles Grandison
268
The Dialectic of Love in Sir Charles Grandison
295
Sir Charles Grandison and the Language of Nature
317
Index
333
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Over de auteur (2001)

David Blewett is Professor of English at McMaster University, and the Editor of Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

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