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- DescriptionThis 2001 study examines the role of the passions in the rise of the English vel. Geoffrey Sill locates the origins of the vel in the breakdown of medical and religious dogmas prior to the eighteenth century, leading to a crisis in the regulation of the passions which the vel helped to address. He examines medical, religious and literary efforts to anatomize the passions, paying particular attention to the works of Dr Alexander Monro of Edinburgh, Reverend John Lewis of Margate and Daniel Defoe, velist and natural historian of the passions. He shows that the figure of the 'physician of the mind' features prominently t only in Defoe's vels, but also in those of Fielding, Richardson, Smollett, Burney and Edgeworth. The 'rise' of the vel comes to an end when the passions give way at the end of the century to the more modern concept of the emotions.
- Author BiographyGeoffrey Sill is Associate Professor of English and Chair of his department at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He is the author of Defoe and the Idea of Fiction (1983) and the editor of Walt Whitman of Mickle Street (1994) and other books. He is the Defoe editor of The Scriblerian and an active member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
- Author(s)Geoffrey Sill
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication02/11/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note6 b/w illus.
- Weight400 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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