The Trial Narrative in Richardson’s Pamela: Suspending the Hermeneutic of Happiness

@article{Soni2007TheTN,
  title={The Trial Narrative in Richardson’s Pamela: Suspending the Hermeneutic of Happiness},
  author={Vivasvan Soni},
  journal={Novel: A Forum on Fiction},
  year={2007},
  volume={41},
  pages={5-28}
}
  • V. Soni
  • Published 1 May 2007
  • Art
  • Novel: A Forum on Fiction
"Happiness is a new idea in Europe," declared Saint-Just in 1794. Historians have by and large concurred with his assessment, despite its revolutionary hyperbole. The eighteenth century, they claim, confers respectability on secular happiness as no other period before it. Not satisfied with legitimating a merely private happiness, eighteenth-century thinkers spelled out for the first time the radical possibility of a "right to happiness" and oriented their political reforms towards "public… 
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