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Eighteenth-Century Characters: A Guide to the Literature of the Age
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Eighteenth-Century Characters: A Guide to the Literature of the Age (Paperback)

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Eighteenth-Century Characters offers a concise introduction to the eighteenth century, using characters as its starting point. Elaine M. McGirr presents contextualized readings of stock characters from canonical and popular literature, such as:

- the rake and the fop

- the country gentleman

- the good woman

- the coquette and the prude

- the country maid and the town lady

- the Catholic, the Protestant and the British Other.



Each chapter explores how a character's significance and role changes over the century, illustrating and explaining radical shifts in taste, ideology and style. Also featuring illustrations, a Chronology and a helpful Bibliography and Further Reading section, this essential guide will provide students with the necessary background to understand the period's literature and to embark on further study.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: Palgrave USA Publication Date: 25/01/2007 ISBN-13: 9781403985583  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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ELAINE M. McGIRR is Lecturer in English and Drama at Royal Holloway University of London, UK, teaching in both the Department of English and the Department of Drama and Theatre. She has previously taught in the English and History departments at Washington University in St. Louis, USA, and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, in 2003-4.

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