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Mrs. Haywood and the Novella—The Erotic and the Pathetic

JOHN J. RICHETTI

in Popular Fiction before Richardson

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780198112631
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112631.003.0005

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Mrs. Haywood and the Novella—The Erotic and the Pathetic

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This chapter discusses the intensity of the myth of persecuted innocence on eighteenth-century readers and continues a schematization of the myth of female innocence destroyed by a world of male corruption. It is shown that the persecuted maiden becomes even more spiritualized as a figure and the values that she embodies become more overtly religious.

Keywords: persecuted innocence; eighteenth century; readers; female innocence; persecuted maiden

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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