Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen by Jenny DavidsonHypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen by Jenny Davidson

Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen

byJenny Davidson

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Jenny Davidson demonstrates how the arguments that define hypocrisy as a moral and political virtue thrived in eighteenth-century Britain's culture of politeness. However, Davidson also concludes that eighteenth-century writers from Locke to Austen believed that the public practice of vice was far more dangerous for society than discrepancies between what people say and do in private.
Jenny Davidson is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She has published articles in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Studies in Romanticism. She is the author of a novel, Heredity (2003).
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Title:Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to AustenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:November 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: the revolution in manners in eighteenth-century prose; 1. Hypocrisy and the servant problem; 2. Gallantry, adultery and the principles of politeness; 3. Revolutions in female manners; 4. Hypocrisy and the novel I: Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded; 5. Hypocrisy and the novel II: a modest question about Mansfield Park; Coda: politeness and its costs; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"Davidson has thoroughly absorbed, and carefully selects from, contemporary theoretical writings on literature, language, and society... Summing Up: Recommended." G. Shivel, University of Miami, Choice