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Samuel Richardson : British and Irish Authors - Jocelyn Harris

Samuel Richardson

British and Irish Authors

Paperback Published: 27th April 1987
ISBN: 9780521315425
Number Of Pages: 192

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This book provides a concise introduction to Richardson, by combining a close reading of Pamela, Clarissa and Sir Charles Gerandison with a discussion of their central themes. An outsider by birth, education and profession, Richardson found common cause with women in a world that needed change. Employing forms familiar to them, letters and tales of courtship and marriage, he urged his mainly female readers to train their powers of reason and morality by debating the issues of his novels. Dr Harris explores Richardson"s vision that the relationship between men and women is as politically charged as that between monarch and subject. In Clarissa this relationship is imaginatively represented by means of the characters" archetypes - Evne, Lucretia and queen Elizabeth on the one hand, Sarah, don Juan, Fault and King on the other. In Grandison, Richardson shows men what they must be if they wish to marry women like Clarissa, and argues that marriage, then the necessary female destiny, can only thus be made to work to women"s advantage.

Chronology, Introduction
From Pamela to Clarissa
The extraordinary women
King Lovelace
Death and the maiden
Clarissa's will
To Grandison and after
Men, women and Italians: The History of Sir Charles Grandison
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ISBN: 9780521315425
ISBN-10: 0521315425
Series: British and Irish Authors
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 27th April 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25