The Resource The power of the passive self in English literature, 1640-1770, Scott Paul Gordon

The power of the passive self in English literature, 1640-1770, Scott Paul Gordon

Label
The power of the passive self in English literature, 1640-1770
Title
The power of the passive self in English literature, 1640-1770
Statement of responsibility
Scott Paul Gordon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Challenging recent work that contends that seventeenth-century English discourses privilege the notion of a self-enclosed, self-sufficient individual, The Power of the Passive Self in English Literature recovers a counter-tradition that imagines selves as more passively prompted than actively choosing
  • This tradition - which Scott Paul Gordon locates in seventeenth-century religious discourse, in early eighteenth-century moral philosophy, in mid eighteenth-century acting theory, and in the emergent novel - resists autonomy and defers agency from the individual to an external "prompter." Gordon argues that the trope of passivity aims to guarantee a disinterested self in a culture that was increasingly convinced that every deliberate action involves calculating one's own interest. Gordon traces the origins of such ideas from their roots in the nonconformist religious tradition to their flowering in one of the central texts of eighteenth-century literature, Samuel Richardson's Clarissa."--Jacket
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
820.9/353
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.P28
LC item number
G67 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The power of the passive self in English literature, 1640-1770, Scott Paul Gordon
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-272) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. "Spring and motive of our actions": disinterest and self-interest -- "Acted by another": agency and action in early modern England -- "The belief of the people": Thomas Hobbes and the battle over the heroic -- "For want of some heedfull eye": Mr. Spectator and the power of spectacle -- "For its own sake": virtue and agency in early eighteenth-century England -- "Not perform'd at all": managing Garrick's body in eighteenth-century England -- "I wrote my heart": Richardson's Clarissa and the tactics of sentiment -- Epilogue: "A sign of so noble a passion": the politics of disinterested selves
Control code
ocm56314949
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 279 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780511042126
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b21993737
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)56314949
  • cbo0511042124

Library Locations

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