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Richardson's 'Sir Charles Grandison' and the symptoms of subjectivity

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Show simple item record Barr, Rebecca Anne en 2011-03-04T17:03:57Z en 2011-03-04T17:03:57Z en 2010-12-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Barr, R.(2010)"Richardson's 'Sir Charles Grandison' and the symptoms of subjectivity",The Eighteenth Century, Volume 51, Number 4, Winter 2010, pp. 391-411 en
dc.identifier.issn 1935-0201 en
dc.identifier.uri en
dc.description.abstract Proceeding from the academic orthodoxy that the eighteenth-century novel is a key site of the creation of modern subjectivity, this essay examines the representations of authority, morality, and community in Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison in order to question such genealogies. Instead it pursues Margaret Anne Doody's comment that Grandison is "almost totalitarian" in its vision of social relations, and argues that the novel is concerned with the suppression of individualism in service of creating self-lacerating communal subjects. Taking the two main criticisms of the novel - the perpetual frankness of its correspondents and the insubstantial characterization of its hero - the essay argues that both are essential to its moral project. Reading Grandison alongside Slavoj Zizek's work on the symptoms of subjection, the essay seeks to elucidate the totalitarian tendencies of the novel and to interpret its critical difficulties as symptoms of its ideological unpleasantness. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher The Eighteenth Century en
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation;Vol. 51, No. 4 en
dc.subject Richardson, Samuel en
dc.subject Eighteenth century novel en
dc.subject Theories of the novel en
dc.subject Subject en
dc.subject Sebjectivity en
dc.subject Fielding, Sarah en
dc.subject.lcsh english literature en
dc.subject.lcsh novel, the en
dc.title Richardson's 'Sir Charles Grandison' and the symptoms of subjectivity en
dc.type Article en
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dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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