Sterne's Manicules: Hands, handwriting and authorial property in Tristram Shandy

Williams, Helen (2012) Sterne's Manicules: Hands, handwriting and authorial property in Tristram Shandy. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36 (2). pp. 209-223. ISSN 1754-0194

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Abstract

This article argues that in Tristram Shandy Sterne expresses his desire to be the sole owner of his literary work through images of the hand and handwriting. It explores his experimentation with the typographic manicule and his innovation in representing script in print. I suggest that Sterne represents the hand and handwriting as ambiguous markers of authenticity in order to illustrate and lament the complexities of assigning literary property in this period.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tristram Shandy, Sterne, manicule, handwriting, print, copyright, hand, typography
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2013 16:20
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2015 13:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11203

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