Smollett's Women

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Overview

Although Smollett's obvious masculine sensibility has become a commonplace in criticism of the 18th-century novel, the basis and particularities of that sensibility have never been examined. In actuality, his treatment of women—heroines, victims, and comic or grotesque—proves far more complex than conventional commentary suggests. This study attempts to show that in each category Smollett's treatment depends on the fictional purposes that these characters serve in his novels.

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ROBERT D. SPECTOR is Professor Emeritus of English and Coordinator of both the divisions of Humanities and of Communications, Fine and Performing Arts at Long Island University-Brooklyn.

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Table of Contents

1 Shaping Forces: Society, Personality, and Literary Tradition 1
2 Heroines 19
3 Fallen Women and Women as Victims 81
4 Comic and Grotesque 115
Notes 173
Bibliography 185
Index 191
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