Title: Cadences of Unreason
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
Series: European University Studies. Num Pages: 266 pages, Illustrations, port. BIC Classification: 2AB; DSBD; DSK. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 210 x 148. Weight in Grams: 360. . 1990. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783631422847
Synopsis: Approaching the works of Tobias Smollett (1721-1771) via his non-fictional writings, this study examines the relationship between pride and madness in Smollett's novels. All of Smollett's protagonists, it is suggested, can be characterized by their fall from one of the most valued faculties of the 18th century: reason. Vanity and pride imply a rejection of reason and lead towards a fall into madness - the total negation of reason. The character's deviations are charted with their accompanying falls until, eventually, they are redeemed and find their niche inevitably outside estalished society.
Illustrations include four prints by William Hogarth.
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