Pamela in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

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Dezember 2005



Samuel Richardson's Pamela (1740) is often regarded as the first true novel in English and a landmark in literary history. The controversy it inspired has become a standard point of reference in studies of the rise of the novel, the history of the book and the emergence of consumer culture. Thomas Keymer and Peter Sabor offer a fresh and definitive account of the novel's enormous cultural impact, examining the controversy as a market phenomenon, which combined disagreements about literary interpretation with commercial pressures, successes and failures.


Introduction; 1. 'The selling part': publication, promotion, profits; 2. Literary property and the trade in continuations; 3. Counter-fictions and novel production; 4. Domestic servitude and the licensed stage; 5. Pamela illustrations and the visual culture of the novel; 6. Commercial morality, colonial nationalism, and Pamela's Irish reception; Afterword; Appendix: A chronology of publications, performances and related events to 1750; Select bibliography; Index.


Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. His recent books include Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel (2002), Richardson's Clarissa and the Eighteenth-Century Reader (paperback edition, 2004), and Pamela in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (with Peter Sabor, 2005). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Literature from 1740 to 1830 (with Jon Mee, 2004) and The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne (in progress), and co-general editor, with Peter Sabor, of The Cambridge Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Samuel Richardson (in progress). Peter Sabor is Director of the Burney Centre and Canada Research Chair in Eighteenth-Century Studies at McGill University, Montreal.


'This excellent book derives from Thomas Keymer and Peter Sabor's previous joint work - The 'Pamela' Controversy ... Providing a wealth of new information in a crisp, witty narrative, it goes far beyond the previous commentaries on the subject of Pamela as a phenomenon of the commercial marketplace. ...this book's dazzling command of historical evidence renders in depth the whole complex dynamics of eighteenth-century cultural production' Modern Language Review ' ... a lively and informative analysis ... admirable and enjoyable ...' Notes and Queries
EAN: 9780521813372
ISBN: 0521813379
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 295 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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