Eighteenth-Century Characters: A Guide to the Literature of the Age
Macmillan International Higher Education, Jan 25, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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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List of Figures
THE MAKINGS OF AN ENGLISHMAN
The Country Gentleman
MOST WOMEN HAVE NO CHARACTERS AT ALL
The Country Maid and the Town Lady
Learned Ladies and Female Wits
Monsieurs and Macaronis
Low and High Dutch
The Unmaking of a Heroine or Dwindling into a Wife
The Coquette and the Prude
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