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