The Power of the Passive Self in English Literature, 1640-1770 (Hardback)
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The Power of the Passive Self in English Literature, 1640-1770 (Hardback)

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Hardback 292 Pages / Published: 28/03/2002
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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 non-conformist religious tradition to their flowering in one of the central texts of eighteenth-century literature, Samuel Richardson's Clarissa.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521810050
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm

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