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One Great Family: Domestic Relationships in Samuel Richardson’s Novels


Höhn, Simone Eva (2021). One Great Family: Domestic Relationships in Samuel Richardson’s Novels. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag.

Abstract

This study examines concepts of morality and structures of domestic relationships in Samuel Richardson’s novels, situating them in the context of eighteenth-century moral writings and reader reactions. Based on a detailed analysis of Richardson’s work, this book maintains that he sought both to uphold hierarchical concepts of individual duty, and to warn of the consequences if such hierarchies were abused. In his final novel, Richardson aimed at a synthesis between social hierarchy and individual liberty, patriarchy and female self-fulfilment. His work, albeit rooted in patriarchal values, paved the way for proto-feminist conceptions of female character.

Abstract

This study examines concepts of morality and structures of domestic relationships in Samuel Richardson’s novels, situating them in the context of eighteenth-century moral writings and reader reactions. Based on a detailed analysis of Richardson’s work, this book maintains that he sought both to uphold hierarchical concepts of individual duty, and to warn of the consequences if such hierarchies were abused. In his final novel, Richardson aimed at a synthesis between social hierarchy and individual liberty, patriarchy and female self-fulfilment. His work, albeit rooted in patriarchal values, paved the way for proto-feminist conceptions of female character.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:English literature, Eighteenth-century novel, Samuel Richardson, ethics, gender
Language:English
Date:2021
Deposited On:26 Jan 2021 14:33
Last Modified:18 Mar 2022 10:57
Publisher:Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
Series Name:Schweizer Anglistische Arbeiten / Swiss Studies in English
Volume:147
Number of Pages:292
ISBN:978-3-7720-5731-1
Additional Information:Die vorliegende Arbeit wurde von der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich im Herbstsemester 2018 auf Antrag der Promotionskommission Prof. Dr. Allen Reddick (hauptverantwortliche Betreuungsperson) und Prof. Dr. Fritz Gutbrodt als Dissertation angenommen.
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2357/9783772057311
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  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)