Aesthetics and the senses / Eighteenth Century / Food and Culture

The Style of Clarissa and the Ignorance of Lovelace

“Why, Sir, if you were to read Richardson for the story, your impatience would be so much fretted that you would hang yourself. But you must read him for the sentiment, and consider the story as only giving occasion to the sentiment.” — Dr. Johnson Honestly, I was incredibly relieved when I read the quotation … Continue reading

Aesthetics and the senses / Eighteenth Century

Performed Identity in Humphry Clinker: The Etymology of Metamorphosed and Its Relationship to the Supernatural and Class Distinctions

Performed identity was the most interesting theme in Tobias Smollett’s Humphry Clinker partially due to the language used by Jery Melford, Matt Bramble, Lydia Melford, and Winifred Jenkins. Specifically, these characters use variances the term metamorphism seven times in the novel. Each time the first four characters use the term, they spell it metamorphosed, which is an … Continue reading

Aesthetics and the senses / Eighteenth Century

The Want of Taste in Humphry Clinker: Mr. Bramble’s Double Folly

Tobias Smollett’s Humphry Clinker addresses the issues of Taste particularly through Mr. Matt Bramble’s character. Social status is a crucial part of Mr. Bramble’s identity, and is one of the reasons why he does not like Bath. Unlike London and the country, in Bath “genteel people are lost in a mob of impudent plebeians who … Continue reading