Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding

Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding


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ISBN-13: 9781603292245
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series , #139
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Preston Wilson is associate professor at Appalachian State University. She is the author of the essays "Clarissa: The Nation Misrul'd" (2003), "'One Has Got All the Goodness, and the Other All the Appearance of It': The Development of Darcy in Pride and Prejudice" (2004), and "On Honor and Consequences: The Duel in The Small House at Allington" (2012).

Elizabeth Kraft is professor of English at the University of Georgia. She is author of Character and Consciousness in Eighteenth-Century Comic Fiction (1992), Laurence Sterne Revisited (1996), and Women Novelists and the Ethics of Desire 1684-1814 (2008). She has edited and coedited works by Charlotte Smith, Anna Letitia Barbauld, and Samuel Richardson.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Volume Jennifer Preston Wilson ix

Part 1 Materials Elizabeth Kraft

Texts for Teaching 3

Visual, Audiovisual, and Electronic Resources 15

Classroom Contexts 17

Part 2 Approaches

Introduction Jennifer Preston Wilson 23


Social Contexts: Politics, Law. Religion, Class, and Gender Nicholas Hudson 30

Literary Contexts: Epic, Romance. Drama, and the Novel Nancy A. Mace 36

Generic Contexts: Nonrealist Traditions of the Novel Scott Black 42

Authorial Contexts: Connections between Fielding's Novels and His Legal and Journalistic Writing J. A. Downie 48

Book History Contexts: The Visual Fielding Leigh G. Dillard 54

Joseph Andrews

Staging the Reading Play in Joseph Andrews Joshua Grasso 64

Teaching Fielding's Idea of the Novel with Joseph Andrews Stephen C. Behrendt 71

Joseph Andrews and the European Novel Adam Potkay 77

Pulling the Anglican Thread: Using Parson Adams's Torn Cassock to Teach Fielding's Complicated Art Christopher D. Johnson 83

Finding the "Mark" of the Mother: The Feminized Birth Mystery and an Approach to Teaching Fielding Brian McCrea 89

Joseph Andrews as Travel Literature Chloe Wigston Smith 93

Fielding, Print Culture, and the Pamela Media Event Lisa Maruca 100

Tom Jones

Tom Jones as the Cornerstone in the Course The English Novel through Austen Pamela S. Bromberg 110

Narrative Voice in Tom Jones Anthony J. Hassall 116

Fielding's Style Jill Campbell 123

Formalism, Historicism, and The Authors Farce: Making the Modern Author in Tom Jones Rivka Swenson 130

Sophia's Smile: Reading Jenny Cameron in the Margins of Tom Jones Eric Leuschner 138

Tom Jones and the Comic Tradition James Evans 146

Fielding's Critique of Governance in Torn Jones Elizabeth Kraft 151

Shamela, Jonathan Wild, and Amelia

The Sham Spirit of the Age Earla Wilputte 157

Jonathan Wild, a Novel for all Classrooms Manushag N. Powell 163

Destined for Greatness: Hero Worship and Jonathan Wild Carl Fisher 171

Amelia on Trial Regina Janes 180

Friendship and Marriage in Amelia George E. Haggerty 188

Amelia and the "Choice of Life" Novel Jennifer Preston Wilson 194

Notes on Contributors 201

Survey Participants 205

Works Cited 207

Index 231

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