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Latitudinarianism and Didacticism in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Moral Theology in Fielding, Sterne, and Goldsmith

by Patrick Müller (Author)
Thesis 420 Pages

Summary

The relationship between Latitudinarian moral theology and eighteenth-century literature has been much debated among scholars. However, this issue can only be tackled if the exact objectives of the Latitudinarians’ moral theology are clearly delineated. In doing so, Patrick Müller unveils the intricate connection between the didactic bias of Latitudinarianism and the resurgent interest in didactic literary genres in the first half of the eighteenth century. His study sheds new light on the complex and contradictory reception of the Latitudinarians’ controversial theses in the work of three of the major eighteenth-century novelists: Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, and Oliver Goldsmith.

Details

Pages
420
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631591161
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 420 pp.

Biographical notes

Patrick Müller (Author)

The Author: Patrick Müller was born in 1975 and studied English Literature and Language, Philosophy, and German Language and Literature at the Universities of Münster and Edinburgh between 1996 and 2006.

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Title: Latitudinarianism and Didacticism in Eighteenth-Century Literature