`P.S.': The dangerous logic of the postscript in eighteenth century literature

Terry, Richard (2014) `P.S.': The dangerous logic of the postscript in eighteenth century literature. Modern Language Review, 109 (1). pp. 35-53. ISSN 0026-7937

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5699/modelangrevi.109.1.0035

Abstract

This article examines postscripts both as a feature of eighteenth-century letters and as a literary device. Although postscripts could be used for entirely banal purposes such as sending regards or expressing thanks for a gift, their fictional usage was governed by a more specialized set of conventions.. e main contention of this article is that the temporal lag between a letter and its postscript allowed novelists such as Richardson to explore new ways of manipulating narrative time. Henry Fielding's spoof novella Shamela, with its numerous postscripts, can be seen as an ironic reflection on that aspect of Richardson's novelistic practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 11:48
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 08:58
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/15275

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