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The Journal of English Language and Literature , Vol.49, No.3, 627 ~ 650, 2003
Fielding`s "New Province of Writing" and dual representation in Joseph Andrews
김일영 Kim Il Yeong
The purpose of this paper is to investigate Fielding`s view of world and literature by analysing the nature of dual representation in Joseph Andrews. The dual representation in Joseph Andrews is the result of mixing two literary genres, that is, comedy and romance, which form a striking contrast with each other in their literary modes. Along with its romantic devices such as Andrew`s birthmark and his fear of incest, elements of romance in Joseph Andrews are Presented in the Plot of the novel, which is characterized by the happy marriage between its hero and heroin, while the genre of comedy is manifested in the realistic and comic description of a series of adventures which Adams and Joseph undergo during their journey to Adams`s parish. Fielding, however, did not employ these genres separately in this novel. In the dual light of comedy and romance, he represents Betty`s story and the story of Wilson, which are described simultaneously in the languages of vulgar comedy and ideal romance. The reason that Fielding mixes two distinctive genres in Joseph Andrews is that Fielding, a Christian writer who believes in Providence, regards the world as the embodiment of Providence, whereas he, a former justice, is aware of the unrealizability of such poetic justice in this world. With Fielding, who underwent epistemological crisis in the transitional period, the dual representation of mixed genres in Joseph Andrews is not a matter of choice, but a requirement indispensable for the manifestation of his dual attitude to life and world.
Key Words
이중적 재현, 로맨스, 코미디, 신의 섭리, 인식론적 위기, 필딩, 조셉 앤드류즈, dual representation, romance, comedy, providence, epistemological crisis, Fielding, Joseph Andrews,영미문학, 문화연구, 비교문학, 비평이론, English and American Literature, cultural studies, comparative literature, critical theory
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