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Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness : Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen - Jenny Davidson

Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness

Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen

Paperback Published: 20th December 2007
ISBN: 9780521047388
Number Of Pages: 256

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In Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness, Jenny Davidson considers the arguments that define hypocrisy as a moral and political virtue in its own right. She shows that these were arguments that thrived in the medium of eighteenth-century Britain's culture of politeness. In the debate about the balance between truthfulness and politeness, Davidson argues that eighteenth-century writers from Locke to Austen come down firmly on the side of politeness. This is the case even when it is associated with dissimulation or hypocrisy. These writers argue that the open profession of vice is far more dangerous for society than even the most glaring discrepancies between what people say in public and what they do in private. This book explores what happens when controversial arguments in favour of hypocrisy enter the mainstream, making it increasingly hard to tell the difference between hypocrisy and more obviously attractive qualities like modesty, self-control and tact.

'... is a model of its type - a timely, tightly argued and restlessly provocative monograph.' Times Literary Supplement

Introduction: the revolution in manners in eighteenth-century prose
Hypocrisy and the servant problem
Gallantry, adultery and the principles of politeness
Revolutions in female manners
Hypocrisy and the novel I: Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded
Hypocrisy and the novel II: a modest question about Mansfield Park
Coda: politeness and its costs
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ISBN: 9780521047388
ISBN-10: 0521047382
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 20th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38