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Hypocrisy and the Politics of Politeness
Manners and Morals from Locke to Austen

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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521047388

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  • Jenny Davidson demonstrates how the arguments that define hypocrisy as a moral and political virtue thrived in eighteenth-century Britain's culture of politeness. However, Davidson also concludes that eighteenth-century writers from Locke to Austen believed that the public practice of vice was far more dangerous for society than discrepancies between what people say and do in private.

    • Offers fascinating insights into the politics of eighteenth-century manners
    • Sheds light on the writing of a wide range of authors, including Locke, Swift, Hume, Wollstonecraft and Godwin
    • Written in an accessible and lively style
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    "Davidson has thoroughly absorbed, and carefully selects from, contemporary theoretical writings on literature, language, and society... Summing Up: Recommended." G. Shivel, University of Miami, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521047388
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the revolution in manners in eighteenth-century prose
    1. Hypocrisy and the servant problem
    2. Gallantry, adultery and the principles of politeness
    3. Revolutions in female manners
    4. Hypocrisy and the novel I: Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded
    5. Hypocrisy and the novel II: a modest question about Mansfield Park
    Coda: politeness and its costs

  • Author

    Jenny Davidson, Columbia University, New York
    Jenny Davidson is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She has published articles in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Studies in Romanticism. She is the author of a novel, Heredity (2003).

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