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by Sandra Macpherson

  • ISBN: 0801893844
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Sandra Macpherson
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Other formats: mbr rtf mobi lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (January 18, 2010)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • FB2 size: 1305 kb
  • EPUB size: 1477 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
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Harm’s Way is a tremendous achievement that advances the fields of 18th-century studies and novel studies in remarkable and exciting ways. Deidre Lynch, University of Toronto). A wholly original approach to the relation between law and literature, and will change the way we think and teach some of these canonical works of fiction. Times Literary Supplement).

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In Harm’s Way, Sandra Macpherson presents a feminist argument of profound . Harm’s Way is thus a polemical book.

In Harm’s Way, Sandra Macpherson presents a feminist argument of profound integrity and conviction. Harm’s Way compels us to appreciate form not as an aesthetic or structural category but as a guarantor of justice, a way of attributing responsibility that, by divesting liability of mitigating intention, preserves the purely material (5) facticity of women’s harm.

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Harm's Way. Tragic Responsibility and the Novel Form. Sandra Macpherson's groundbreaking study of the rise of the novel connects its form to developments in liability law across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

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Sandra Macpherson's groundbreaking study of the rise of the novel connects its form to developments in liability law across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. In particular, Macpherson argues for a connection to legal principles of strict liability that hold persons accountable for harms inflicted upon others in the absence of intention, consent, direct action, or foreknowledge. In convincing polemical readings of Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding, she shows that these laws share with the novel the view that the state of a person's mind is irrelevant to the question of her responsibility for her actions. Macpherson urges readers to rethink the ancient consensus that the novel differs from tragedy in its elevation of character over plot. She concludes that the realist novel is ultimately a tragic form, committed to holding persons accountable for accidents of fate.

Macpherson's original insights continue to have a broad and lasting impact on the study of the novel.



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