CONSTRUCTING THE FEMALE SELF IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL

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The paper defends the interconnection between writing, space and sexuality in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded, the three key-concepts constituting the pillars in constructing one major representation of the eighteenth century female self, one that basically exudes from a particular type of emotional conduct. The epistolary narrative sequence reveals various functions assigned to letter-writing in which the relationship between the main characters is mainly represented as a game of presence/absence, relational/non-relational, use/misuse, or rejection/attraction. The letters are then the medium facilitating self-expression, confession, but also a means of psychological self-defense of the body. The letters form a written record …