9780896724150

Ideology and Form in Eighteenth-Century Literature

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  • ISBN13:

    9780896724150

  • ISBN10:

    0896724158

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-07-01
  • Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr

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Summary

As millennium approaches, interpreters of eighteenth-century literature have turned to various versions of cultural poetics, which view texts through lenses of class, race, gender and sexual orientation. Meanwhile literature itself has fallen from its lofty pinnacle within the ordering of the arts, and become merely one discursive practice among many. What has been gained and what lost as literary criticism becomes a branch of cultural history? A dozen renowned scholars discuss each other's work and attempt to come to terms with the central theoretical issues about which the discipline disagrees. Focusing primarily on Henry Fielding, the essays employ and defend positions within feminism, Marxism, Bourdelian analysis, queer theory, and cultural studies, along with a more theoretically savvy version of formalist criticism. In gathering together a dozen extraordinary essays from all regions of the ideological spectrum, this collection aspires to represent for the current decade what the Laura Brown/Felicity Nussbaum anthology The New Eighteenth-Century was for the last decade: a sampler and emblem of where the intellectual currents of our time have taken our profession.

Author Biography

David H. Richter (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor and director of graduate studies in the English department at Queens College and professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Ideology and Form in Henry Fielding
3(126)
The Closing of Masterpiece Theater: Henry Fielding and the Valorization of Incoherence
3(12)
David H. Richter
Ideology and Literary Form: Novels at Work Patricia Meyer Spacks replies
15(16)
Ideology and Literary Form in Fielding's Tom Jones John Richetti replies
31(16)
Tom Jones: The Form in History
47(28)
Ralph W. Rader
Making Fielding's Novels Speak for Law and Order
75(14)
Gerald J. Butler
Closing Down the Theatre, and Other Critical Abuses
89(16)
Carol Houlihan Flynn
Jonathan Wild and True Crime Fiction
105(24)
David H. Richter
Form and Ideology in Cultural History
129(112)
The Question of Ideological Form: Arthur Young, the Agricultural Tour, and Ireland
129(18)
Ina Ferris
Form as Meaning: Pope and the Ideology of the Couplet
147(16)
J. Paul Hunter
The Rules of the Game; Or, Why Neoclassicism Was Never an Ideology
163(22)
Trevor Ross
Desire and Mourning: The Ideology of the Elegy
185(22)
George E. Haggerty
Inchbald's A Simple Story: An Anti-Ideological Reading
207(16)
Michael Boardman
The Feminization of Ideology: Form and the Female in the Long Eighteenth Century
223(18)
Laura Brown
Rebuttal The Ends of Ideology: Politics and Literary Response
241(14)
Lennard Davis
Afterword Form and Formalists, Ideologies and Ideologues: A Polemical Conclusion 255(14)
David H. Richter
Index 269

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