This study examines the autobiographical writing of Samuel Richardson, Laurence Sterne, and David Hume, who chronicled the peculiarly intimate relationships between the texts they produced and the social lives they lived. Each relied on a language of feeling to represent social bonds they considered necessary, discovering, through their writing, a sociability dependent on the communication of passions and sentiments. This discovery, Mullan argues, played a critical role in the development of the eighteenth-century fiction now called sentimental.
'Mullan's prose is stylish ... and his argument compelling ... this is a remarkable study of sentimentalism.'Times Literary Supplement
'Mullan has provided a stimulating study which is not afraid to explore complex themes and be provocative in its judgements'
Times Higher Education Supplement
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'responsible, informed and thoughtful book'
Yvonne Noble, British Journal of 18th Century Studies, 13:2
`Mullan's study is a valuable, sustained, and richly suggestive meditation on the essential ambiguity of the language of feeling. He deserves much credit for his refusal to talk reductively about a subject so complex ... I can highly recommend this book.'
`Mullan's book is an original and important contribution to the history of ideas. It offers brilliant and convincing reinterpretations kof Clarissa adn Tristam Shandy.'
The Eighteenth Century
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 6th September 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 15.49
Weight (kg): 0.36