Richardson's Clarissa and the eighteenth-century reader / Tom Keymer

Author(s): Keymer, Tom
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Subjects: Clarissa
Authors and readers--Great Britain--History--18th century
Reader-response criticism
Richardson, Samuel, Clarissa
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. Clarissa
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992
LC Classification: P, PR
Physical Description: xxiii, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: Preface
A note on references and abbreviations
1. Reading epistolary fiction 1
Familiar letters and the language of the heart 1
A short account of God's dealings with Pamela Andrews 15
Richardson's correspondence with Eusebius Silvester, 1754-1759; or, How to do things with letters 32
Epistolary form in Clarissa: some preliminaries 45
Richardson's reader 56
2. Casuistry in Clarissa: The first instalment, December 1747 85
Richardson and casuistry 85
Parents, children and the ethics of relative duty 98
The father's house 105
Seeming just: Clarissa as narrator 120
Beyond casuistry 137
3. The part of the serpent: The second instalment, April 1748 142
Representation and disruption: two controversies 142
Tearing up fences: Lovelace as plotter 157
Throwing dust: Lovelace as writer 176
Satan himself 189
4. Forensic realism: The third instalment, December 1748 199
Providence, anti-Providence and the instability of justice 199
Justice and justification in Lady Echlin's ending 214
Cavils about words: language, narration and the legal paradigm in Richardson's ending 218
Trials of the reader's judgment 239
Postscript 245
Works cited 250
Index 265
Notes: LCCN: 91004225
ISBN: 0521390230 (hard)
Includes bibliographical references and index
OCLC Number: 23869115
ISBN/ISSN: 0521390230