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The Resource Samuel Richardson's fictions of gender, Tassie Gwilliam

Samuel Richardson's fictions of gender, Tassie Gwilliam

Label
Samuel Richardson's fictions of gender
Title
Samuel Richardson's fictions of gender
Statement of responsibility
Tassie Gwilliam
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In developing a new gender theory for analyzing Samuel Richardson's three major novels - Pamela, Clarissa, and Sir Charles Grandison - the author argues that these novels of sexual threat expose, sometimes unwillingly, the extraordinary labor required to construct and maintain the eighteenth-century ideology of gender, that apparently natural dream of perfect symmetry between the sexes. The instability of that model is revealed notably in Richardson's fascination with cross-gender identification and other instances of transgressive desires. The author demonstrates that these violations of the supposedly unbreachable barriers between masculinity and femininity produce what is most moving and imaginative in Richardson's fiction and create an equally powerful repression in the form of punishment of transgressive characters and desires. She also illustrates, through a reading of recurrent fantasies about the composition of bodies - especially women's bodies - the complex interaction between those fantasies and the construction of masculinity and femininity. The genesis of Richardson's own writing is located in a dynamic, reciprocal idea of gender that allows him to see femininity from the inside while retaining the privileges of the masculine viewpoint; the relation between this origin and the novels themselves forms the basis for the discussions of the novels. Each of the three chapters in the book seeks to investigate particular turn of gender construction and a particular mode of the reiterative story of sexual differences. The first chapter, on Pamela, calls on eighteenth-century discourse about opposing ideologies of gender and sexuality to elucidate Richardson's project. The next chapter, on Clarissa, shifts to a more intricate analysis of fantasies about sex and gender, in particular the double reading of masculinity and femininity in the form of of masculinity reading itself through the feminine. The final chapter, on The History of Sir Charles Grandison, examines Richardson's attempt to solidify masculinity in the person of the "good man."
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gwilliam, Tassie
Dewey number
823/.6
Index
index present
Intended audience
1440 L
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PR3667
LC item number
.G93 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Richardson, Samuel
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Epistolary fiction, English
  • Masculinity in literature
  • Femininity in literature
  • Sex role in literature
Label
Samuel Richardson's fictions of gender, Tassie Gwilliam
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Pamela and the Duplicitous Body of Femininity -- 2. "Like Tiresias": Knowing the Sex in Clarissa -- 3. "The Good Man, Alas!": The History of Sir Charles Grandison and the Triumph of Masculinity
Control code
ocm26161691
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780804725224
Lccn
92025186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)26161691
Label
Samuel Richardson's fictions of gender, Tassie Gwilliam
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-195) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Pamela and the Duplicitous Body of Femininity -- 2. "Like Tiresias": Knowing the Sex in Clarissa -- 3. "The Good Man, Alas!": The History of Sir Charles Grandison and the Triumph of Masculinity
Control code
ocm26161691
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 202 pages
Isbn
9780804725224
Lccn
92025186
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)26161691

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