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Henry Fielding and Lawrence's "Old Adam"

A Reading of Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature

By (author) Gerald J. Butler
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Nov 1992
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773496041
ISBN-13: 9780773496040
Barcode No: 9780773496040
This text examines canonical texts from the unusual perspective of D.H. Lawrence's remarks on Restoration literature. After defining "the Old Adam" as a perennial target of ideology in the West, the book discusses the taming of the Old Adam, "glorying in the dirt" (from Lawrence's remarks) in Restoration comedy as opposed to Fielding's comic stage. It also looks at: Richardson's "underclothing excitements" in contrast to Fielding's sexual consciousness; Clarissa as sexual vengeance; "the Old Eve" and "the Old Adam" in Tom Jones; the disappearance of the "substantial" body from English literature; and in conclusion, modern efforts to bring "physical consciousness" back into the novel.

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