Honest Sins

Honest Sins

Georgian Libertinism and the Plays and Novels of Henry Fielding

eBook - 1999
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"Tiffany Potter is the first author to make clear how English libertinism changed during the eighteenth century as the violent, hypersexualized Hobbesian libertine, typified by the Earl of Rochester, was tempered by England's cultures of sentiment and sensibility. The good-natured Georgian libertinism that emerged maintained the subversive social, religious, sexual, and philosophical tenets of the old libertinism, but misogynist brutality was replaced by freedom and autonomy for the individual, whether male or female. Libertinism encompasses issues of gender, sexuality, and literary and cultural history and thus provides a useful cultural context for a discussion of a number of critical approaches to Fielding's work, including feminism, queer theory, new historicism, and cultural studies."--Jacket.
Publisher: Montreal [Que.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780773567559
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 203 pages)
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