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The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne

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Thomas Keymer, Ian Campbell Ross, Marcus Walsh, Judith Hawley, Robert Folkenflik, Tim Parnell, Carol Watts, Elizabeth W. Harries, Christopher Fanning, Peter de Voogd, Melvyn New, Donald R. Wehrs
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  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521614948

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  • Best known today for the innovative satire and experimental narrative of Tristram Shandy (1759–67), Laurence Sterne was no less famous in his time for A Sentimental Journey (1768) and for his controversial sermons. Sterne spent much of his life as an obscure clergyman in rural Yorkshire. But he brilliantly exploited the sensation achieved with the first instalment of Tristram Shandy to become, by his death in 1768, a fashionable celebrity across Europe. In this Companion, specially commissioned essays by leading scholars provide an authoritative and accessible guide to Sterne's writings in their historical and cultural context. Exploring key issues in his work, including sentimentalism, national identity, gender, print culture and visual culture, as well as his subsequent influence on a range of important literary movements and modes, the book offers a comprehensive new account of Sterne's life and work.

    • Features new essays by acknowledged experts in the field
    • Explores all of Sterne's writings beyond the most read Tristram Shandy
    • Includes a detailed guide to further reading and chronology
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521614948
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Thomas Keymer
    1. Laurence Sterne's life, milieu, and literary career Ian Campbell Ross
    2. Scriblerian satire, A Political Romance, the 'Rabelaisian Fragment', and the origins of Tristram Shandy Marcus Walsh
    3. Tristram Shandy, learned wit, and Enlightenment knowledge Judith Hawley
    4. Tristram Shandy and eighteenth-century narrative Robert Folkenflik
    5. The Sermons of Mr Yorick: the commonplace and the rhetoric of the heart Tim Parnell
    6. A Sentimental Journey and the failure of feeling Thomas Keymer
    7. Sterne's 'politicks', Ireland, and evil speaking Carol Watts
    8. Words, sex, and gender in Sterne's novels Elizabeth W. Harries
    9. Sterne and print culture Christopher Fanning
    10. Sterne and visual culture Peter de Voogd
    11. Sterne and the Modernist moment Melvyn New
    12. Postcolonial Sterne Donald R. Wehrs
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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Studies in the Novel
  • Editor

    Thomas Keymer, University of Toronto
    Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto.


    Thomas Keymer, Ian Campbell Ross, Marcus Walsh, Judith Hawley, Robert Folkenflik, Tim Parnell, Carol Watts, Elizabeth W. Harries, Christopher Fanning, Peter de Voogd, Melvyn New, Donald R. Wehrs

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