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Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought : Richardson's 'Clarissa' and the Eighteenth-Century Reader Series Number 13 - Tom Keymer

Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought

Richardson's 'Clarissa' and the Eighteenth-Century Reader Series Number 13

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Published: 24th June 2004
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Written as a collection of letters in which very different accounts of the action are unsupervised by sustained authorial comment, Richardson's novel Clarissa offers an extreme example of the capacity of narrative to give the reader final responsibility for resolving or construing meaning. It is paradoxical then that its author was a writer committed to avowedly didactic goals. Tom Keymer counters the tendency of recent critics to suggest that Clarissa's textual indeterminacy defeats these goals by arguing that Richardson pursues subtler and more generous means of educating his readers by making them 'if not Authors, Carvers' of the text. Discussing Richardson's use of the epistolary form throughout his career, Keymer goes on to focus in detail on the three instalments in which Clarissa was first published, drawing on the documented responses of its first readers to illuminate his technique as a writer and set the novel in its contemporary ethical, political and ideological context.

Preface
A note on references and abbreviations
Reading epistolary fiction
Casuistry in Clarissa
The part of the serpent
Forensic realism
Postscript
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521604406
ISBN-10: 0521604400
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Thought
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 24th June 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44