New Essays on Samuel Richardson

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Recent years have witnessed renewed critical interest in the works of Samuel Richardson. This volume brings together a group of well-respected scholars to examine how and why the works of Richardson continue to intrigue us. As a whole, the essays reveal Richardson to be a writer constantly contradicting himself, striving not to be misunderstood. His appeal to deconstructionists, reader-response critics, Marxists, and feminists is analyzed and made comprehensible. Grappling with issues which continue to trouble ...
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Overview

Recent years have witnessed renewed critical interest in the works of Samuel Richardson. This volume brings together a group of well-respected scholars to examine how and why the works of Richardson continue to intrigue us. As a whole, the essays reveal Richardson to be a writer constantly contradicting himself, striving not to be misunderstood. His appeal to deconstructionists, reader-response critics, Marxists, and feminists is analyzed and made comprehensible. Grappling with issues which continue to trouble us, Richardson appears as an artist writing to our historical moment, engaging us in a conversation now joined by the essays in this collection. Offering a variety of critical perspectives, New Essays on Samuel Richardson sheds light on the importance of this writer and reveals his relevance to the modern day.
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Six of the 13 essays deal with British novelist Richardson's (1689-1761) best known work, "Clarissa", from such perspectives as classical and pornographic bodies, death by parenthesis, the impact of the fire scene on Jane Collier, and Lennox's comic revision. Others treat his correspondence with Johannes Stinstra, the daughters of patriarchy in three novels, his imitation of Cervantes, and other topics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312125080
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 "Such Extraordinary Tokens": Samuel Richardson's Correspondence with Johannes Stinstra 1
2 Richardson the Advisor 17
3 Richardson's Girls: The Daughters of Patriarchy in Pamela, Clarissa and Sir Charles Grandison 35
4 Pamela II: "Written in Imitation of the Manner of Cervantes" 53
5 Asserting the Negative: "Child" Clarissa and the Problem of the "Determined Girl" 69
6 "Alien Spirits": The Unity of Lovelace and Clarissa 85
7 Grotesque, Classical and Pornographic Bodies in Clarissa 101
8 Clarissa, Elias Brand and Death by Parentheses 117
9 Jane Collier, Reader of Richardson, and the Fire Scene in Clarissa 141
10 Female Quixotism v. "Feminine" Tragedy: Lennox's Comic Revision of Clarissa 163
11 Anna Meades, Samuel Richardson and Thomas Hull: The Making of The History of Sir William Harrington 177
12 Sir Charles Grandison and the Human Prospect 193
13 Representing Clementina: "Unnatural" Romance and the Ending of Sir Charles Grandison 209
Notes on Contributors 226
Index 229
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