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Friendship and allegiance in eighteenth-century literature: The politics of private virtue in the age of Walpole

Friendship and allegiance in eighteenth-century literature: The politics of private virtue in the age of Walpole

Jones, Emrys D. (2013) Friendship and allegiance in eighteenth-century literature: The politics of private virtue in the age of Walpole. Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9781137300492

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Abstract

The concept of friendship has long been central to the field of eighteenth-century literary studies, not least because it was presented by the era's own authors as an essential aspect of their literary identities. For writers like Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, being known as a good friend was just as important as gaining literary reputation.

Friendship and Allegiance builds on recent scholarly interest both in friendship itself and more broadly in the relationship between privacy and publicity in the eighteenth century. It investigates how the idea of personal friendship could be distorted by its role in public discourse and whether friendship's value or meaning can ever be securely established in the midst of wider political, social and cultural debates. The book offers new ways of thinking about eighteenth-century friendship and about the prominent authors of the time who attempted to make sense of it.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: friendship, politics, eighteenth-century, English literature
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8930

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