Dr. Laura L. Runge
ENL 6236 Beauty and Violence in the Enlightenment
Excerpts from Wollstonecraft's Vindication of Rights of Woman, Johnson's Rambler 4 in course docs (soon).
DUE: Post #10; Clarissa reading journal;
Scholarship Presentation: Jackie Brecklin -- Zias, Heather. "Who Can Believe? Sentiment vs. Cynicism in Richardson's Clarissa." Eighteenth- Century Life 27.3 (2003): 99-123. Avail through Project Muse and link from class WIKI.
Notes and Discussion Questions:
The letters begin with Lovelace's illness and recovery and attempt to visit Clarissa in London; they canvas Morden's arrival and negotiations on Clarissa's behalf, the exposure of Brand's misrepresentation and the Harlowe family's attempts to understand Clarissa. Belton's terrifying death and Clarissa's peaceful preparations, including the purchase and ornamentation of her coffin.
What is Colonel Morden's role in this part of the narrative? What does he achieve and how does his character complicate the picture of masculinity in the novel?
Examine the rituals of death represented by Belton's demise and Clarissa's preparations. What are the implications of this representation?
How do the rakes react to Belton's death and why?
What role do the poems and meditations play in this section of the novel?
Analyze Clarissa's final letter to Lovelace, on going "to my father's house." (p. 1233).
Why does Clarissa purchase her coffin and what role does it serve for her?
Evaluate the characters of Dr. Lewen and Dr. H.
In section II of this chapter by Wollstonecraft she addresses the problem with the sentimental turn of mind in women. What are its characteristics, sources, and according to Wollstonecraft, its antidote?
How does Clarissa fit into Wollstonecraft's imagined regimen for women?