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Lecture 2

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Michael Wells

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Lecture 2 Athenian Mercury (John Dunton) o Supports romance reading by Persons of Quality but not by vulgar o In Q and A format Not for vulgar people because they will mistake fiction for fact o Vulgar people let their fancies overcome their reason They think themselves kings or queens o Young people should stay away from Romance (fantasy) The Spectator (Joseph Addison) o Imagination remakes the real o Need imagination to be a successful reader The Rambler (Samuel Johnson) o According to Johnson, the novel has to modify its representation of the world and aim for virtuous imitation o The novel is very realistic o Novels are written for young and ignorant so they have to depict real life o You shouldnt have characters that have both good and bad qualities because this will confuse readers The Adventurer (John Hawkesworth) o The novel has a sense of realism which makes it less entertaining Tom Jones (Henry Fielding) o Novel is a history o Qualifications Exhibit genius Learning Ability to engage in conversation
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