Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print

Fictions of Friendship in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Authors: Mangano, Bryan

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  • Demonstrates that novelists use both Classical and Enlightenment thinking about friendship to negotiate their relationships to the reading audience
  • Demonstrates the ways novelists mobilize the rhetoric of amity as a framing metaphor of narrative form and reception because of its social import
  • Shows that ideal friendship becomes a central link between the rhetoric and narrative content of early fictions
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This book explores the reciprocal influence of friendship ideals and narrative forms in eighteenth-century British fiction. It examines how various novelists, from Samuel Richardson to Mary Shelley, drew upon classical and early modern conceptions of true amity as a model of collaborative pedagogy. Analyzing authors, their professional circumstances, and their audiences, the study shows how the rhetoric of friendship became a means of paying deference to the increasing power of readerships, while it also served as a semi-covert means to persuade resistant readers and confront aesthetic and moral debates head on. The study contributes to an understanding of gender roles in the early history of the novel by disclosing the constant interplay between male and female models of amity. It demonstrates that this gendered dialogue shaped the way novelists imagined character interiority, reconciled with the commercial aspects of writing, and engaged mixed-sex audiences.

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Bryan Mangano currently lectures at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA. He has published articles in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and Texas Studies in Literature and Language.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fictions of Friendship in the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48695-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48695-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48694-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83996-7
Series ISSN
2634-6516
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 298
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