Henry Fielding wrote both Joseph Andrews () and Shamela () in response to Samuel Richardson’s book Pamela (), of which. FIELDING’S RICHARDSON: SHAMELA, JOSEPH ANDREWS AND PARODY REVISITED1. Joseph Andrews is the first of three novels (Tom Jones and Amelia . Joseph Andrews wasn’t even his first foray into Pamela-land, since he also penned An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews in You might say that.

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Joseph Andrews is a wonderful story, up there with Fielding’s Tom Jones in many ways.

Joseph Andrews with Shamela and Related Writings

There are little headings at the start of each chapter which indicate what happens in the chapter, and some of them are obvious skips, though some of them seem like a skip but have a really good part. Adams, however, rushes to the girl’s aid and after a mock-epic struggle knocks her attacker unconscious. The latter eventually marries her, and she becomes the Lady of B— Hall. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

From the “Introduction” to the Everyman edition of Joseph Andrews and Shamela ; by permission of publisher. The novel begins with the affable, intrusive narrator outlining the nature of our hero. Books by Henry Fielding. His Legs and Thighs were formed in the exactest Proportion. The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx.

Fielding was quite ready to blur this distinction in his Preface to his sister Sarah’s novel David Simplewhere full-scale mock-heroic poems like Le Lutrin and the Dunciad are called comic epics.

For over years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. I know that some people find the humour in this novel absolutely hilarious, but I wasn’t one of them.

The pressures which generated this resistance were social, religious and political, and included the emergence of ideals of plain scientific discourse as in the much cited and much satirised recommendation by Thomas Sprat in of “a close, naked, natural way of speaking” in scientific matters ,15 Puritan sermon styles and latterly the “rise of the novel” as understood in Ian Watt’s account of that process.

The two fictions which were included in the Miscellanies ofthe Journey from this World to the Next and Jonathan Wild, were probably written earlier and are shakela various ways outside the line of development he established in the novels for which he is best remembered and through which his influence on later fiction was most fully exercised. The story here is, at times, convenient, but the point hypocrisy and vanity are ridiculous comes across really well, as does the satire.


After suffering the Lady’s fury, Joseph dispatches a letter to his sister very much typical of Pamela’s anguished missives in her own novel.

Fielding’s Richardson : Shamela, Joseph Andrews and Parody Revisited – Persée

Fielding held no modernist notions of the artifice of art, however, and would not have understood what we value shamla the “surreal,” so that these effects came from an instinctual sense of their pleasures rather than from any consciously articulated avant-garde programme. Heroines are all very well if they are women, but a male in a heroine’s role of virtuous resistance is material for derision.

Set against this we see examples of virtue in the poor even in those from whom we jlseph not expect to see it. After stopping at an inn, Adams relinquishes his seat to Joseph and, forgetting his horse, embarks ahead on amdrews.

Joseph and Parson Adams leave the inn and have a variety of adventures with the good parson featured in most of them. However, I’d estimate they make up about 20 pages of the Even in Tom Jones and Anfrews, when Richardsonian parody no longer appears as a first-level preoccupation, Fielding makes a point of not offering descriptive details of his heroes’ liaisons for the sake of readers “whose Devotion to the Fair Sex.

The parodie frame was an enabling element for this.

Joseph Andrews / Shamela by Henry Fielding

Two days later they are married by Adams in a humble ceremony, and the narrator, after bringing anf story to a close, and in a disparaging allusion to Richardson, assures the reader that there will be no sequel. What then follows is an adventure to find his beloved, Fanny, whom he hopes to marry soon, even though they josrph both poor! Again, it help to have read Pamela as Joseph And Shamela gets a solid 3.

Dryden, “Of Heroic Plays,”1: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Evidently Fielding thought the book ‘Pamela’ was a bit too self righteous and made fun of it. C To C Literary Studies: Later still Joseph and Fanny face the ire of the law again for no greater offence than the trumped up charge of jlseph a twig, when Lady Booby wishes to act against them.


Wilson had found himself at the mercy of many of the social ills that Fielding had written about in his journalism: If Fielding remembered his use of the name Fanny in Shamela as a vulgar sobriquet for Lord Hervey – and it seems hardly likely that he did not, in view of the satire of Hervey in that novel, in the character of Beau Didapper – then jpseph application of the name to the heroine of Joseph Andrews shows a similar readiness to risk intrusions of jokey grossness into essentially affectionate portrayals.

He turns out, not without piquancy, to be the son of Mr. With Joseph setting out from London by moonlight, the narrator introduces the reader to the heroine of the novel, Fanny Goodwill.

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Or Josepb Rewardedand I don’t think that it is really necessary, at least not if you bother to find out about it and the feud between Richardson and Fielding well explained in the OWC edition.

Three days later, the Lady’s plans are foiled by the visit of her nephew, Mr Booby, and a surprise guest: He isn’t trite, his characters feel more fully human, and he’s funny. The character of Parson Adams, the learned generous clergyman who serves as the Quixote figure, is not a mockery of his Cervantic original so much as an upward reformulation, even an unparodying. Later Pamela and Lord Josrph as Fielding continues to call him make an appearance in the book and Pamela is notably down on the idea of Joseph marrying beneath him, andrfws though she has also married out of her class.

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Joseph Andrews / Shamela

Beyond that, Fielding wins hands down. Published in and defined by Fielding as a “comic epic poem in prose”, it is the story of a good-natured footman’s adventures on the road home from London joeph his friend and mentor, the absent-minded parson Abraham Adams.

In this regard Adams looks forward to Sterne’s Uncle Toby and a whole tradition of “amiable humorists. Richardson would continue to be a target of Fielding’s first novel, but the Pamela phenomenon was just one example of what he saw as a culture of literary abuses in the midth josehp.