1st Edition

Errors and Reconciliations Marriage in the Plays and Novels of Henry Fielding

By Anaclara Castro-Santana Copyright 2018
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    Henry Fielding is most well-known for his monumental novel Tom Jones. Though not necessarily common knowledge, Henry Fielding started his literary career as a dramatist and eventually transitioned to writing novels. Though vastly different in their approach and subject, there is a common thread in Fielding’s work that spanned his career: marriage. Errors and Reconciliations: Marriage in the Plays and Novels of Henry Fielding explores this theme, focusing on Fielding’s fascination with matrimony and the ever-present paradoxical nature of marriage in the first half of the eighteenth-century, as a state easily attained but nearly impossible to escape.

    Section 1: Fielding’s Theatrical Productions between 1728 and 1737

    Chapter 1: An Examination of Fielding’s 9 Year Dramatic Career

    Chapter 2: Fielding’s Transition between Theatre and Prose Fiction

    Section 2: Early Novels between 1741 and 1746

    Chapter 3: Shamela

    Chapter 4: Jonathan Wild

    Chapter Five: The Female Husband

    Section 3: Tom Jones and Amelia, Novels of Fielding’s Maturity

    Chapter 6: Tom Jones

    Chapter 7: Amelia


    Anaclara Castro teaches English Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She obtained her PhD at the University of York, UK in 2014. She has published academic articles on Henry Fielding, Lawrence Sterne, and William Hogarth. She is interested in the relations between the theatre and the novel in the long eighteenth century.