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Entertainment and Didacticism: Eliza Haywood’s The Unequal Conflict and Fatal Fondness

Luhning, HR (2010) Entertainment and Didacticism: Eliza Haywood’s The Unequal Conflict and Fatal Fondness Lumen, 29. pp. 161-174.

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Abstract

Eliza Haywood's ability to simultaneously embrace yet critique the social standards of her time allow her to synthesize and expand on specific manifestations of these social apprehensions, particularly in regard to women's social and sexual conduct. The companion novels The Unequal Conflict (1725) and Fatal Fondness (1725) reflect a knowledge of and engagement with several tenets presented in ladies' conduct literature, yet often contest the advice these texts give in regard to achieving the model behaviour these texts promote. In these novels in particular, Haywood creates texts that are both broadly entertaining to readers, yet engaged with an established dialogue about ladies' conduct. Haywood's didacticism is made possible by her texts' ability to entertain. In contrast to the dry, moralizing advice or admonitions presented in conduct literature, this combination allows Haywood to embody a socially convincing didacticism in her stories.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Luhning, HRUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 August 2010
Identification Number : 10.7202/1012033ar
Contributors :
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EditorGrogan, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
EditorCastonguay-Bélanger, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : Eliza Haywood, Fatal Fondness, The Unequal Conflict, Didacticism, Conduct Literature
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Luhning HR (2010). Entertainment and Didacticism: Eliza Haywood’s The Unequal Conflict and Fatal Fondness. Lumen 29:161-174 Available online at: http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/1012033ar
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 15 Jan 2013 13:47
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:57
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/745283

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