Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness: Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen

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März 2006



Jenny Davidson demonstrates how the arguments that define hypocrisy as a moral and political virtue thrived in eighteenth-century Britain's culture of politeness. However, Davidson also concludes that eighteenth-century writers from Locke to Austen believed that the public practice of vice was far more dangerous for society than discrepancies between what people say and do in private.


Acknowledgements; Introduction: the revolution in manners in eighteenth-century prose; 1. Hypocrisy and the servant problem; 2. Gallantry, adultery and the principles of politeness; 3. Revolutions in female manners; 4. Hypocrisy and the novel I: Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded; 5. Hypocrisy and the novel II: a modest question about Mansfield Park; Coda: politeness and its costs; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


Jenny Davidson is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She has published articles in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Studies in Romanticism. She is the author of a novel, Heredity (2003).


'... is a model of its type - a timely, tightly argued and restlessly provocative monograph.' Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521835237
ISBN: 0521835232
Untertitel: REV. and Update. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2006
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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