Pamela, Shamela, and the Politics of the Pamela Vogue were published in the year 1995. It was published at Okanagan University College.
This is a book chapter because it is classified as a novel. The scope of the novel is not so much wide depending on the publication format. This novel is an aristocratic text and supports the outlined argument. Class stereotypes, homogenously bland style and plot conventions have been given romance in this novel while character depiction has been completely ignored.
One of the prolific critics of Pamela vogue is Dr. Peter Shaw. He wrote the reflector and this book shows the contemporary nature of the novel. His work is relevant in this context because it provide the reader with an overview of how there were two different opinions as far Pamela, Shamela, Pamela vogue is concerned.
The critic’s thesis is hypocrisy and sexuality which Richardson has tried to express well in the novel. Pamela is highly rated in this novel while the language of sexuality that has been used in this text is criticized by other writers.
Hypocrisy and sexuality is at stake in this novel to some extent. Richardson’s heroine is portrayed as an impostor in this context. She is suffering from adolescent complexity to show how her sexuality is subjected to ambiguity.
The critic method used by the following panelists is actor-critic method. It has used eighteenth-century texts such as Shamela, Pamela and Pamela and the Vogue to support their argument. It can be seen when the critics point out that central political concern of Richardson’s heroine, Pamela and that of Fielding have not been complacently addressed.
Evidence used in by the critics of this novel includes lack of genuine relationship between the cultural authority representatives and individuals and salvation concern from the Christians. They have used several historical sources such as Apology and Life of Cicero to show evidence of no relationship between individuals and the cultural authority representatives. This evidence has made us understand how the evidence was well expressed on this text.
This approach can account for virtually everything in this text. It shows how the main characters have expressed and presented themselves throughout the text. It has not obscured or ignored anything substantial in the critique of the given text. I do not believe that there are any other aspects of eighteenth century texts that can be used to support the critic’s reading.
I could use this reading to explain a different course of the novel in a new way by concentrating on the definitive and comprehensive thoughts of Pamela. Richardson has used her in the text to show how sexuality can cause a division on general opinion of a given group of people. The critic’s reading has been supported by other eighteenth century.
The language of sexuality is a new interpretative is a new problem that I have encountered throughout the critic’s reading. This approach, however, has made it possible to identify the obscenity of the language itself. The specific issue that I would like to continue to research on is the kind of audience that the eighteenth-century texts were meant for.
The following are some of the questions that I would like to consider in my further research:
Why these texts developed and what were the main motives behind their formation?
How these texts did transform the lives of their audiences?
I have developed a different thinking on eighteenth century literature due to my critical view. What is the relevance of these texts to the contemporary lives is the question that a new reader should consider.