Eighteenth-Century Characters: A Guide to the Literature of the Age

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jan 25, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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Eighteenth-Century Characters offers a concise introduction to the eighteenth century, using characters as its starting point. Elaine M. McGirr presents contextualized readings of stock characters from canonical and popular literature, such as:
- the rake and the fop
- the country gentleman
- the good woman
- the coquette and the prude
- the country maid and the town lady
- the Catholic, the Protestant and the British Other.

Each chapter explores how a character's significance and role changes over the century, illustrating and explaining radical shifts in taste, ideology and style. Also featuring illustrations, a Chronology and a helpful Bibliography and Further Reading section, this essential guide will provide students with the necessary background to understand the period's literature and to embark on further study.
 

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Contents

List of Figures
Introduction
THE MAKINGS OF AN ENGLISHMAN
The Rake
The
The Country Gentleman
The
MOST WOMEN HAVE NO CHARACTERS AT ALL
The Country Maid and the Town Lady
Learned Ladies and Female Wits
OTHERS
Monsieurs and Macaronis
Low and High Dutch
The Scot
Chronology
Bibliography and Further Reading

The Unmaking of a Heroine or Dwindling into a Wife
The Coquette and the Prude

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ELAINE M. McGIRR is Lecturer in English and Drama at Royal Holloway University of London, UK, teaching in both the Department of English and the Department of Drama and Theatre. She has previously taught in the English and History departments at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, in 2003-4.

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