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Eighteenth Century Fiction 

Volume 26, Number 1, Fall 2013 



This issue contains: 


 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/7201376160830818/> “A Life of
Continu’d Variety”: Crime, Readers, and the Structure of Defoe’s Moll

Kate Loveman


As a contribution to debates on the structure of Daniel Defoe’s novels, this
article argues that the design and much of the content of Moll Flanders can
be better understood through identifying common eighteenth-century reading
habits and the ways in which authors sought to cater to them. A significant
factor in shaping works was the conviction of authors and publishers that
their readers wanted “variety” in prose fiction. Efforts to ensure the
provision of variety for readers helped shape Moll Flanders, notably the
treatment of Moll’s crimes and the long deferral of her descent into the
criminal underworld. This principle of providing variety also meant that
certain episodes could unproblematically invite greater attention than the
plot strictly required in order to engage a more diverse audience by
catering to sociable reading practices and the love of gossip. Considering
Moll Flanders in this way invites revision of current critical ideas about
what constituted a well-designed prose narrative for readers of the early
eighteenth century. DOI:



 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/f05638m54212781r/> A Case for
Hard-heartedness: Clarissa, Indifferency, Impersonality

Wendy Anne Lee


Reading Clarissa’s hard-heartedness through the lens of indifferency
clarifies what is at stake in her still-puzzling and multi-layered
defection. The phenomenon of hard-heartedness in Samuel Richardson’s
Clarissa is here re-evaluated through John Locke’s concept of “indifferency”
and through contemporary theories of impersonality. Beginning with an
account of the novel’s reception in which readers were unnerved by
Clarissa’s refusal to marry her rapist, I locate an important
counter-response in Anna Laetitia Barbauld, who valued precisely the quality
of impassivity in Richardson’s heroine. In eighteenth-century thought, a
similar form of disengagement is articulated by Locke’s notion of
indifferency, an impartiality that risks alienation for the sake of
understanding and autonomy. By featuring an impersonal Clarissa, I show how
the novel’s theory of character, in which a hidden interiority underwrites
personhood, contains its own critique of a depth-model of psychology. I
conclude by examining a phase of Clarissa’s narrative not often discussed:
her life as an urban rape survivor, an incarnation that offers the most
challenging as well as the most promising possibilities for the impersonal
person in the novel.  DOI:



 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/75pj323863561758/> “Glorious
Perverseness”: Stoic Pride and Domestic Heroism in Richardson’s Novels

Anna Deters


In response to his creation of Sir Charles Grandison as a new male exemplar,
literary critics credit Samuel Richardson with domesticating the prideful
heroism embodied by his character Lovelace. This article revises this
account of Richardson’s reformulation of heroism by considering his reliance
on stoicism as key to his engagement with the ethics of heroic exemplarity.
How to promote a self-conscious practice of individual virtue and at the
same time warn against the wickedness of stoic pride and self-love is a
central moral problem in Richardson’s novels. Through probing the ethical
complexities that inhere in his protagonists’ self-awareness of their
virtue, Richardson comes to accept this pride as an integral component of
domestic heroism.  DOI:



 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/733x255312h6j130/> The Vehicle of
the Soul: Motion and Emotion in Vehicular It-Narratives

Sara Landreth


Vehicular it-narratives grappled with Enlightenment debates about the nature
of both the mind/soul and self-motion. For many eighteenth-century writers,
spatial motion was a crucial component of the study of human nature. Changes
in movement could cause changes in one’s passions, intellect, and
sympathetic interactions with other people. Vehicle-narrators exemplify the
ways in which transportation might result in passionate transport. These
texts also investigate important analogies between Newtonian law and the
laws of human nature: do the motions of the mind/soul obey the same laws as
physical bodies? Is the mind/soul self-moving, or is it moved by outside
forces? In order to understand the centrality of the concept of motion in
Enlightenment texts, we must suspend modern assumptions that, in its literal
sense, motion necessarily denotes a physical object moving through space. In
asking whether the mind or matter caused a living being to move, stories
told by coaches, cabriolets, and sedans show that the it-narrative genre was
as much engaged with philosophical problems as it was with social ones. DOI:



 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/7k228255u09jg18w/> Jane Austen’s
“Excellent Walker”: Pride, Prejudice, and Pedestrianism

Olivia Murphy


When Mrs Hurst calls Elizabeth Bennet “an excellent walker,” in Jane
Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813), the remark is meant to ridicule. For a
modern reader, understanding this connotation requires a small exercise in
historical imagination. Recent critical studies explore the rise of rambling
and the Romantic poets’ penchant for lengthy pedestrian excursions, but
Pride and Prejudice does not feature the sort of lonely wanderings that lead
to conversations with leech gatherers and mystical mariners. To appreciate
the centrality of walking to the novel, we must appropriate Miss Bingley’s
question, “What could she mean by it?” Before we can understand the
attitudes towards walking and the responses to walking exhibited by
characters in the novel—and the function of walking in the plot—it is first
necessary to explore the changing place of walking in late eighteenth- and
early nineteenth-century society, and the uses of walking in Romantic-era
literature. This article examines eighteenth-century accounts of athletic,
touristic, sentimental, and performative pedestrianism, including Austen’s
attitudes towards her own walks, in order to read walking in the novel. DOI:



 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/y92n42x107062267/> Book
Reviews/Critiques de livres

Christopher Flint, The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction,
Reviewed by Betty A. Schellenberg

Christina Lupton, Knowing Books: The Consciousness of Mediation in
Eighteenth-Century Britain, Reviewed by Betty A. Schellenberg

Isabelle Tremblay, Le Bonheur au féminin: Stratégies narratives des
romancières, Reviewed by Katharine Ann Jensen

Simon Dickie, Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the
Unsentimental Eighteenth Century, Reviewed by Kathleen Lubey

ed. Toni Bowers and Tita Chico, Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth
Century: Seduction and Sentiment, Reviewed by Pam Perkins

ed. Marie-Françoise Bosquet and Chantale Meure, Le Féminin en Orient et en
Occident, du Moyen Âge à nos jours: Mythes et réalités, Reviewed by Carolyn
Vellenga Berman

éd. Claude La Charité et Roxanne Roy, Femmes, rhétorique et éloquence sous
l’Ancien Régime, Critique littéraire par Zeina Hakim

Hal Gladfelder, Fanny Hill in Bombay: The Making and Unmaking of John
Cleland, Reviewed by Andrea Haslanger

DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/y92n42x107062267/>





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