LTEN Booklist and my summary of each one:
THEME: 18th century women. Summed up best by the quote in Love in Excess, something along the lines of “women are not to convey any sort of feelings towards the men they have the hots for without a proposal”. Every essay written for this class needed the words “patriarchal society” and “double standards”. Men were totally allowed to have premarital sex but women were forever ruined if they did.
Love in Excess: Count D’elmont is this incredible hottie, the correct term to define him, I learned, is “rake”. He pulls in a lot of bitches. Ruins several lives by almost having/having sex with unmarried women in gardens (SYMBOLISM!!!). Most memorable thing Professor talked about was how Alovysa yearned for D’elmont’s dick and does indeed end up being “penetrated” by his sword. So she dies. Didn’t particularly enjoy this book, but it was hilarious because of how dramatic everything is.
Roxana: She prostitutes herself to gain power and $$$. She succeeds but is conflicted between her Christian values/the need to survive. Enjoyed this book, all the characters are named after their occupation which emphasizes their economic stances and how they’ll benefit her. CLEVAR. Not to mention, she pops out babies left and right and then the novel continues on without them (until the end). Favorite scene: Probs when she thinks she’s going to die on the ship, promises to live a virtuous life if she survives, survives, forgets her promise. Very Dostoevsky-like.
Pamela: 15 year old girl who writes letters to her parents but it ends up being her diary. She’s really annoying throughout all of it and compliments herself often. Long story short, she ends up marrying her master who tries to take advantage of her throughout the whole story. BUT HE’S TOTALLY JUSTIFIED BECAUSE HE NEVER ACTUALLY DOES because she manages to run away from him in time. She’s super Christian and wants to remain virtuous. Samuel Richardson also wrote Clarissa. I’ll one day get through that 1,500 something page book.
A Simple Story: Something Miss Milner and Dorriforth, who gives up his position as priest so he can marry her. (Are they allowed to do that?) He becomes Lord Elmwood and punishes children for their mother’s sins. Which is ironic because I thought religious figures were suppose to be kind and forgiving? Anyways, it ends happily although not very memorable.
Pride and Prejudice: I was lured into this class knowing Pride and Prejudice was on the list.