Anger, Guilt, and the Psychology of the Self in Clarissa

P. Lang, 1999 - 210 pages
Samuel Richardson's highly acclaimed Clarissa, commonly read as a courtship novel, is in fact a story about the transaction between Robert Lovelace, a pathological narcissist, and Clarissa Harlowe, his victim, whom he idealizes, yet is compelled to destroy. Anger, Guilt, and the Psychology of the Self in 'Clarissa' shows the narcissistic self-structure that explains Lovelace's anger and need for revenge. It shows, too, the process by which, after being raped, Clarissa reconstructs her self through penitential mourning and deepens her Christian understanding by abandoning her de facto Pelagianism when her own experience of evil provides empirical evidence for Original Sin.

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The Contest of Passion and Prudence
The Contest of Prudence and Fraud
Lovelace Narcissist
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The Author: Victor J. Lams is Emeritus Professor of English at California State University in Chico, CA. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Northwestern University. He has published articles on eighteenth-century periodical essays and Milton's influence on Keats.

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