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.
Table of Contents
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.