Sham Marriages and Proper Plots: Henry Fielding's Shamela and Joseph Andrews

@article{CastroSantana2015ShamMA,
  title={Sham Marriages and Proper Plots: Henry Fielding's Shamela and Joseph Andrews},
  author={Anaclara Castro-Santana},
  journal={English Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={96},
  pages={636 - 653}
}
  • Anaclara Castro-Santana
  • Published 2015
  • Philosophy
  • English Studies
  • This essay explores Henry Fielding's development of the marriage plot in Shamela (1741) and Joseph Andrews (1742). Surveying theatrical echoes in these works, which are particularly apparent in their marriage plots, I make the case that Fielding's first two novels are clearly indebted to his former career as a dramatist in the London stage of the late 1720s and early 1730s. I argue that, in writing Shamela and Joseph Andrews, Fielding was responding to Samuel Richardson's Pamela in a way that… CONTINUE READING