THE DISCOURSE OF MORALITY IN S. RICHARDSON’S PAMELA; OR, VIRTUE REWARDED

Posted On Feb 22 2017 by

In their works, a number of eighteenth-century English writers such as Samuel Richardson and Oliver Goldsmith were concerned with moral conduct and the rule of right. Representing the ways in which the doctrine of morality grounded in Christian tenets challenged the social inequality, injustice, moral decay, licentiousness, mercantilism, excessive individualism and glorification of the commercial spirit specific to their age, the two writers advocated the triumph of virtuous conduct against many ills of the eighteenth-century English society. With its central focus on Richardson’s Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded (1740), this paper addresses the ways in which the discourse of morality was …


SOPHIA’S WISDOM: REASSESSING THE FEMININE MORAL VALUES IN THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH CULTURE

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

The paper explores the way in which the literature and the philosophical writings of the eighteenth-centuryEnglandrepresented a means of reforming people’s morals and manners. Virtues associated with femininity in the eighteenth-centuryEnglandwere communicated and reappraised by numerous writers, and we focus here on Mary Wollstonecraft, Henry Fielding and Samuel Richardson. New images of morality emerged, and they seemed to be necessary and inherent under the historical and cultural circumstances. The reassessment of gender roles took on special significance during the eighteenth century, and this is why we will initially discuss the cultural worth of the pre-feminist debate as a doctrine advocating …