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Family and the Law in Eighteenth-Century Fiction offers challenging interpretations of the public and private faces of individualism in the eighteenth-century English novel. John P. Zomchick begins by surveying the social, historical and ideological functions of law and the family in England's developing market economy. He goes on to examine in detail their part in the fortunes and misfortunes of the protagonists in Defoe's Roxana, Richardson's Clarissa, Smollett's Roderick Random, Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield and Godwin's Caleb Williams. Zomchick reveals in these novels an attempt to produce a 'juridical subject': a representation of the individual identified with the principles and aims of the law, and motivated by an inherent need for affection and community fulfilled by the family. Their ambivalence towards that formulation indicates a nostalgia for less competitive social relations, and an emergent liberal critique of the law's operation in the service of society's elites.
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This book draws upon social, political and legal history to show that law and family play a central role in shaping the fictional world of six eighteenth-century English novels.Review:
'Through fresh and insightful readings of canonical texts, Dolin presents a sharp understanding of the limits of the law and of fiction's transcendent ability to say the unsayable.' The Australian - Higher Education
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Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1993. Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96108822
Book Description Cambridge University Press, 1993. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In good all round condition. Seller Inventory # 6849669
Book Description Cambridge Univ Pr, West Nyack. New York. U.S.A., 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. vg in like unclipped jkt Guaranteed. Seller Inventory # 001694