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Reading the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Novel - J. McMaster

Reading the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Hardcover Published: 31st March 2004
ISBN: 9781403933140
Number Of Pages: 194

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McMaster's lively study looks at the various codes by which eighteenth-century novelists made the minds of their characters legible through their bodies. She tellingly explores the discourses of medicine, physiognomy, gesture and facial expression, completely familiar to contemporary readers but not to us, in ways that enrich our reading of such classics as Clarissa and Tristram Shandy, as well as of novels by Fanny Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen.

Industry Reviews

'Offering insight into the ways in which eighteenth-century novelists expected their readers to draw on common understandings about expression, gesture and character, this is a lively and useful study.' - Times Literary Supplement

'McMaster productively alerts us to the rich languages of the body in the eighteenth century by both parsing out their antecedents and illuminating the prevalence of expressive bodies in the novelistic tradition.' - Tita Chico, Eighteenth-Century Studies

List of Illustrations
The Body Inside the Skin: The Medical Model
The Body Illegible: Tristram Shandy
Physiognomy: The Index of the Mind
Facial Expression: The Mind's Construction in the Face
Reading and Re-Encoding the Body: Clarissa
Gesture: Suiting the Action to the Word
Body Language Censored: Camilla
Epilogue: And On to Jane Austen
Works Cited
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ISBN: 9781403933140
ISBN-10: 1403933146
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 31st March 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1