The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne

The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne

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Best known today for the innovative satire and experimental narrative of Tristram Shandy (1759-67), Laurence Sterne was no less famous in his time for A Sentimental Journey (1768) and for his controversial sermons. Sterne spent much of his life as an obscure clergyman in rural Yorkshire. But he brilliantly exploited the sensation achieved with the first instalment of Tristram Shandy to become, by his death in 1768, a fashionable celebrity across Europe. In this Companion, specially commissioned essays by leading scholars provide an authoritative and accessible guide to Sterne's writings in their historical and cultural context. Exploring key issues in his work, including sentimentalism, national identity, gender, print culture and visual culture, as well as his subsequent influence on a range of important literary movements and modes, the book offers a comprehensive new account of Sterne's life and work.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 12 b/w illus.
  • 1139797972
  • 9781139797979

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Chronology; Introduction Thomas Keymer; 1. Laurence Sterne's life, milieu, and literary career Ian Campbell Ross; 2. Scriblerian satire, A Political Romance, the 'Rabelaisian Fragment', and the origins of Tristram Shandy Marcus Walsh; 3. Tristram Shandy, learned wit, and Enlightenment knowledge Judith Hawley; 4. Tristram Shandy and eighteenth-century narrative Robert Folkenflik; 5. The Sermons of Mr Yorick: the commonplace and the rhetoric of the heart Tim Parnell; 6. A Sentimental Journey and the failure of feeling Thomas Keymer; 7. Sterne's 'politicks', Ireland, and evil speaking Carol Watts; 8. Words, sex, and gender in Sterne's novels Elizabeth W. Harries; 9. Sterne and print culture Christopher Fanning; 10. Sterne and visual culture Peter de Voogd; 11. Sterne and the Modernist moment Melvyn New; 12. Postcolonial Sterne Donald R. Wehrs; Further reading; Index.
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About Thomas Keymer

Thomas Keymer is Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto.
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