Show simple item record Chapman, John A. 2018-05-17T18:15:03Z 2018-05-17T18:15:03Z 2017-08
dc.description Thesis ( M.A.) Indiana University South Bend, 2017
dc.description.abstract "My argument focuses on how specific philosophical changes during the middle of the century initiated a change in reading strategy that eventually produced the capacity to understand complex characters and contributed to the construction of a hierarchy of readers within an imagined reading community. I suggest that Fielding's literary agenda are steeped in an emerging concept of causality and probability that forced him to reject "types," or exemplars of moral behaviour, and to adopt more complex or "mixed" characters, to borrow from Samuel Johnson, I argue that it was in Fielding's attempt to instruct his readers in how to use probabilistic thinking to understand characters that initiated the formation of a category of "ideal" readers that therefore both constructed a hierarchy of "good" readers and began to question the benefits and dangers of a subjective understanding of character." -- page 3.
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction: causality, round character, and the "intelligent" reader -- Shamela and Joseph Andrews: Fielding's criticism of the Richardsonian reader -- Tom Jones and the normalizing of the "sagacious" reader -- Fielding's use of sentiment in Amelia: creating the "ideal" reader
dc.format.extent 114 pages
dc.format.mimetype PDF
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.lcsh Fielding, Henry, -- 1707-1754 -- Characters
dc.subject.lcsh Characters and characteristics in literature
dc.title Fielding's "Mixed" Characters: Probability, Particularity, and the Sagacious Reader en
dc.type Thesis en

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