This thesis examines the roles of moral philosophy and economic development in three eighteenth-century novels. In Samuel Richardson's Pamela , the middling class is shown to possess moral authority that extends beyond their fortune and is bolstered by their inferior status. Charlotte Lennox presents the reader with a more complicated view of class and virtue in Henrietta, wherein upward mobility is represented as a function of financial success rather than a product of virtue or hard work, leaving questions of moral authority to the individual. Finally, Frances Burney's novel, Evelina, offers a representation of the conflicts and interactions between the aristocracy and the middling class that emphasizes manners and propriety over virtue. All three novels offer complex representation of the middling class while they create ethical and economic arguments. These novels are not only literary efforts; they are critical and philosophical exercises that call attention to moral philosophy.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||British and Irish literature|
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