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Schön, Theresa

A Cosmography of Man

Character Sketches in "The Tatler" and "The Spectator"

Series:Hallesche Beiträge zur Europäischen Aufklärung 61

    94,95 € / $109.99 / £86.50*

    Hardcover
    Publication Date:
    2019
    To be published:
    February 2019
    ISBN
    978-3-11-061113-7
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    Designed to reform contemporary British society, Joseph Addison and Richard Steele’s The Tatler (1709-1711) and The Spectator (1711-1712, 1714) rely heavily on the representation of contemporary manners. In shaping such behavioural images, the authors made use of the satirical character sketch. Their character sketches (re)create social interactions between fictionalised representatives of moral types of men and women located in contemporary London. This study examines how Addison and Steele employed the character sketch to create a ‘cosmography’ of (wo)man by actively engaging with the observational approaches of contemporary naturalists. Addison and Steele adapted distinctly empirical methods (e.g. induction and deduction, note taking, repeated and collective observation) and appropriated the (medico-legal) case study to communicate and disseminate socio-moral knowledge. At the same time, the character sketch served them as a means to establish a taxonomic order of the socio-moral knowledge conveyed in the texts. The study sheds new light on the literary techniques and the methodological frameworks of two journals essentially associated with the British - and the European - Enlightenment.

    Details

    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    Approx. 360 pages
    1 Fig. 8 Tables
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Character sketch; "The Tatler"; "The Spectator"

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    Theresa Schön, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

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