New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction: 'Hearts Resolved and Hands Prepared'

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University of Delaware, Apr 18, 2011 - Literary Collections - 384 pages
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New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction is a collection of thirteen essays honoring Professor Jerry C. Beasley, who retired from the University of Delaware in 2005. The essays, written by friends, collaborators and former students, reflect the scholarly interests that defined Professor Beasley's career and point to new directions of critical inquiry. The initial essays, which discuss Tobias Smollett, Elizabeth Singer Rowe, and Samuel Richardson, suggest new directions in biographical writing, including the intriguing discourse of 'life writing' explored by Paula Backscheider. Subsequent essays enrich understandings of eighteenth-century fiction by examining lesser-known works by Jane Barker, Eliza Haywood, and Charlotte Lennox. Many of the essays, especially those that focus on Smollett, use political pamphlets, material artifacts, and urban legends to place familiar novels in new contexts. The collection's final essay demonstrates the vital importance of bibliographic study.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Super Jerry C Beasley
11
Tobias Smollett The Life of an Author
17
Elizabeth Singer Rowe Lifestyle as Legacy
41
The Headwaters of OozinessRichardson the Polemicist
67
Clelands Gospel of Extasy
87
Transcultural Adoptionin the EighteenthCentury Transatlantic Novel Questioning National Identities in Charlotte Lennoxs Euphemia
109
Jane Barkers Exilius Politics Women Narration and the Public
127
Revising the Scottish Plot in Tobias Smolletts Roderick Random
177
Rescuing Narcissa Monstrous Vision Imagination and Redemption in Roderick Random
201
Smollett the Picaresque and Two Medical Satires
219
The Publication and Revision of Smolletts Continuation of the Complete History of England 17601771
231
A Descriptive Bibliography with Collation of Variant Readings for the Lifetime Editions of Smolletts Continuation
265
Select Bibliography of Works by Jerry C Beasley
355
Index
359
About the Contributors
371

Eliza Haywoods Love in Excess and the Personal Politics of Collectivity
145
A Brief Note on Haywood Scholarship or The Fatal Enquiry into the Timely Discovery and Fruitful Enquiry into the Fatal Fondness of Contemporar...
159

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Christopher D. Johnson is professor of English and department chair at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.

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