Vicars and Squires: Religion and the Rise of the English Marriage Plot

@article{OConnell2011VicarsAS,
  title={Vicars and Squires: Religion and the Rise of the English Marriage Plot},
  author={Lisa O'Connell},
  journal={The Eighteenth Century},
  year={2011},
  volume={52},
  pages={383 - 402}
}
This paper re-historicises the eighteenth-century marriage plot by shifting attention away from both the history of literary genres and the modes of social history that have generally informed accounts of the rise of the novel. Drawing instead on recent historiography of the period's religious-political currents, I argue that the novel's marriage plot emerged as a cultural agent of the Erastian state, or, more concretely as an expression of two different strains of opposition to the Court Whigs… Expand
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