Smollet's Women: A Study in an Eighteenth-Century Masculine Sensibility

Hardcover | January 6, 1994

byRobert D. Spector

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Although Smollett's obvious masculine sensibility has become a commonplace in criticism of the 18th-century novel, the basis and particularities of that sensibility have never been examined. In actuality, his treatment of women--heroines, victims, and comic or grotesque--proves far more complex than conventional commentary suggests. This study attempts to show that in each category Smollett's treatment depends on the fictional purposes that these characters serve in his novels.

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Although Smollett's obvious masculine sensibility has become a commonplace in criticism of the 18th-century novel, the basis and particularities of that sensibility have never been examined. In actuality, his treatment of women--heroines, victims, and comic or grotesque--proves far more complex than conventional commentary suggests. Th...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:January 6, 1994Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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ISBN - 10:0313287902

ISBN - 13:9780313287909

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?In this superbly argued study, Spector, the undisputed expert on Smollett and his work, has emphasized the thesis that Smollett's fiction essentially represents the "male-dominated world of 18th-century England" and therefore primarily appeals to the masculine mind. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate and up.?-Choice