|Blifil as Tartuffe: The Dialogic Comedy of Tom Jones
||Many modern interpreters of Fielding's novels, reading his declaration in the Preface to Joseph Andrews that “a comic Romance is a comic Epic-Poem in Prose,” emphasize the epic or the romance as the basis of his achievement.1 Howeve...
|Comedy and the “Tragic Complexion” of Tom Jones
||Tony Richardson's 1963 film Tom Jones contains an image not explicitly authorized by Fielding?s novel: Tom, with a noose around his neck, being hanged. Fortuitously, he is rescued by Squire Western before gravity takes its toll. Although consi...
|Comedy: An Annotated Bibliography of Theory and Criticism
||From Plato to Umber-to Eco comedy has been a subject of perennial
interest. In the 1980s there have even been two attempts, one
scholarly and one fictional, to recreate the "lost" book on comedy by
Plato's pupil Aristotle: by Richard Janko in Aris...
|"the Dullissimo Maccaroni": Masculinities in She Stoops to conquer."
||In act 4 of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer (1773),
Charles Marlow suddenly discovers the deception practiced on him
when he learns that Liberty Hall, Mr. Hardcastle’s house, is not an inn.
His immediate response includes not only persona...
|The English Lineage Of Diedrich Knickerbocker
||The narrator of Washington Irving's A History of New York, an
odd, inquisitive gentleman named Diedrich Knickerbocker, who allegedly disappeared in I809, leaving behind him the manuscript of
this "only Authentic History of the Times that hat...
|Evelina, the Rustic Girls of Congreve and Abington, and Surrogation in the 1770s
||In the first volume of Evelina (1778), Frances Burney sends her protagonist to
London theaters, among the numerous public venues that provide settings for
this “Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.” Evelina attends several performances
at the The...
|Fielding, The Whole Duty of Man, Shamela, and Joseph Andrews.
||In the years since the question of authorship was satisfactorily resolved, Shamela has received much attention. Few would now deny that Fielding's parody goes beyond its primary target, Pamela, to ridicule three other best sellers of 1740 and 1741- A...
|'an Honest Scar Received in the Service of My Country': Lismahago's Colonial Perspective in Humphry Clinker.
||When Matthew Bramble's expedition reaches Durham, his family encounters a character introduced as "a tall, meagure figure answering, with his horse, the description of Don Quixote mounted on Rozinante. While Lieutenant Obadiah Lismahago may appear qu...
|An Inclusive Cultural History of Early Eighteenth-Century British Literature.
||During the late twentieth century the recovery of texts by women authors was an important scholarly project in English studies, which also led to paperback editions and, more recently, hypertexts for instructional use. At my university, which is prob...
|Mr. Review on the "Glorious" Tatler and the "Inimitable" Spectator
||No other contemporary prose writer of comparable stature commented so often in print on the Tatler and the Spectator as Daniel Defoe. From June 1709 until June 1713 he discussed or mentioned them in twenty- five separate issues of his <...
|Publication of the Censor
||BONAMY DOBREE in English Literature in the Early Eighteenth Century 1700-1740 (Oxford, 1959), perpetuated an earlier error in periodical history by referring to the Censor as 'papers contributed to Mist's Weekly Journal, 1717' (p...
|"a Sceane of Uttmost Vanity": the Spectacle of Gambling in Late Stuart Culture.
||Restoration diarist John Evelyn describes a memorable occasion at
court on Twelfth Night, 6 January 1662:
This evening (according to costÃ³me) his Majestie opned the RÃ©veils of
that night, by throwing the Dice himselfe, in the Privy Chamber, wher...
|Sentimental Economies in The School for Scandal
||Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal, which premiered on
8 May 1777, demonstrates a central fimction of eighteenth-century literary texts, as
described by Mary Poovey: "to mediate value-that is, to help people understand
|The Social Design Of Fielding's Novels
||During the last two decades we have received a "definitive" reading from two editors of the Wesleyan Edition of the Works of Henry Fielding to complement definitive editions of Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones. According to Martin C. Battes...
|Tatler No. 260 and Tristram Shandy
||Noses are prominent in Volumes III and IV of Tristram Shandy — Tristram's crushed nose, his great-grandfather's short nose, the stranger's attractive nose in "Slawkenbergius's Tale," and a "chapter of noses." Although Swift's bawdy use of ears...
|Tristram as Critic: Momus's Glass vs. Hobby-Horse.
||In the first volume of Tristram Shandy Tristram announces to his readers that he will draw his uncle Toby's character from his "hobby-horse" rather than with any "mechanical help" such as wind instruments, evacuations, the Pentagraph, or the "Camera....
|The World According to Paul: Comedy and Theology in “Joseph Andrews”
||ALTHOUGH THE CHRISTIAN CONTEXT of Fielding?s first novel and its comic techniques have been much discussed, I propose to combine these perspectives, to interpret the novel?s comedy through a biblical passage, I Corinthians 3: 18-19, which, given the ...