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Joseph Andrews

 
지은이 : Henry Fielding
출판사 : Norton
ISBN : 0393955559
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This Norton Critical Edition reprints the authoritative Wesleyan text of Joseph Andrews, edited by Martin Battestin.

An accurate text of Shamela (Fielding뭩 satire of Samuel Richardson뭩 Pamela, the most popular epistolary novel of the eighteenth century) as well as An Essay on the Knowledge of the Characters of Men, selections from The Champion, and the Preface to The Adventures of David Simple are also included.  All of the texts are fully annotated.

"Backgrounds" contains generous extracts from works that Fielding satirized뾒amela and Conyer Middleton뭩 Dedication to the Life of Cicero뾞nd emulated뾉il Blas and selections from Don Quixote, the Roman Comique, and Le Paysan Parvenu.  The section concludes with a general explanation of the political and religious contexts in which Joseph Andrews was written.

"Criticism" offers a broad range of responses to the novel.  Contemporary assessments include selected letters of Thomas Gray, William Shenstone, Samuel Richardson, and others as well as commentary from The Student, or Oxford and Cambridge Monthly Miscellany, by William Hazlitt, James Beattie, and Sarah Fielding and Jane Collier.

Modern assessments are by Mark Spilka, Dick Taylor, Jr., Martin Battestin, Sheldon Sacks, Morris Golden, Brian McCrea, and Homer Goldberg.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.
Homer Goldberg is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, Emeritus, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of The Art of Joseph Andrews

 

"I had to read this book for a college fiction class. I thought it wouldnt get any worse then this. However to my surprise this book was quite enjoyable in a classical kind of way! My professor said that this is supposed to be one of the first novels ever written and I was surprised that it had all the basics of a great modern read. Love,Sex,and Betrayel.

If you have to read this book dont be discourgaged its not all that bad. (smile) "

"Many might consider 'Tom Jones' as the crowning achievement of Henry Fielding's career, but 'Joseph Andrews' is central to discussions on the early development of the novel and also (with the hilarious 'Shamela')to the Fielding/Samuel Richardson debate. Having said that, there are so many editons of 'Joseph Andrews' and 'Shamela' available at the moment that one feels there is little left for editors to add on either count. That is where a volume like this shines through, giving so much more than just the texts themselves and a re-hashed summary of the 'Pamela' debate. The main text follows the established 'Wesleyan' edition of 'Joseph Andrews'(1742) and, in common with all modern editions, gives the short spoof 'Shamela'(1741) too. Joseph Andrews is the chaste and virtuous brother of the titular character in Richardson's 'Pamela'(1740). Dismissed from service for declining the advances of his mistress, he hits the road with his friend Parson Adams and the story follows his adventures thereon as he seeks his true love Fanny. 'Shamela' is a short epistolary work spoofing Pamela's innocence and virtue and turning it into artful cunning to win her Squire's love. Further to these the volume contextualises the pieces with other work by Fielding and samples from other writers, including extracts from Richardson's novel which Fielding openly lampooned. The contemporary responses are useful and enlightening, and the critical essays cover a much wider scope than a single editorial introduction can. A generous and well-rounded package through and through. One of the most comprehensive Norton editions to date. "

"Fielding's basic concept is describing 'manners, not men.'
His main characters are two paragons of chastity (Joseph and his girlfriend Fanny) and a model Christian (parson Abraham Adams).
During their tumultuous itinerary, they are confronted with vanity, avarice, envy, ambition, ingratitude, selfishness, intolerance, venality, hate, lust, folly, malice, deceit, rage and all this behind a veil of hypocrisy (Do as I say, not as I do): 'Lord, it is true I never obeyed one of thy commandments, yet punish me not, for I believe them all.'

The overall mentality is calvinist fatalism: 'We must submit to Providence', and 'no accident happens to us without the Divine permission ... the same power which made us, rules over us, and we are absolutely at his disposal, he may do with us what he pleases, nor have we any right to complain.'
There is also a Malthusian accent: 'he shall not settle here, and bring a nest of beggars into the parish.'
Christianity is only a tiny film of varnish: 'that it was possible in a country professing Christianity, for a wretch to starve in the midst of his fellow-creatures who abounded.'

Socially, the few wealthy rule over the many poor. 'The worst consequence of poverty is dependence on the great.'
Another characteristic is the blatant misogyny, through its picture of the lewdness and vulgarity of women (in sharp contrast with Fanny's manners): 'I am no meat for a footman.'

This rich, lively, fresh and satirical text contains anti-novel sparks and many modern ingredients ('a set of jolly companions ... Their best conversation was nothing but noise.')
But the novel as a whole is loosely built (no real plot) and sometimes too scholarly and boring. It ends in a pure Menander-style.
Still, it is a worth-while read. "

   
 
   
 
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