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dc.contributor.advisorLooser, Devoney, 1967-eng
dc.contributor.authorKempf, Nathan, 1975-eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Summereng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on August 6, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Devoney Looser.eng
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] Recently, Happiness Studies has become an important field of inquiry. This paper brings some of the insights of Happiness Studies to bear on three eighteenth-century novels. Recent scholarship on Tom Jones and Tristram Shandy has sought to enlarge the role religious ideas and beliefs play in our understanding of these novels. This paper counters these readings by suggesting that comedic novels need to be read as comedies and that the field of Happiness Studies has much to tell us about the role comedy plays in human happiness. I show that each novel under discussion is concerned with how humans can best be happy. In so doing, I argue that the formal properties of comedy both inform and aid us in our quest for happiness.--From public.pdfeng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 82-87).eng
dc.format.extentiii, 67 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb81029238eng
dc.identifier.oclc694509624eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/9520eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/9520
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campus of the University of Missouri--Columbia.eng
dc.subject.lcshFielding, Henry, 1707-1754. History of Tom Joneseng
dc.subject.lcshSterne, Laurence, 1713-1768. Life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentlemaneng
dc.subject.lcshJohnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. Rasselaseng
dc.subject.lcshHappiness in literatureeng
dc.titleAdding to the fragment : happiness & conversation in three eighteenth-century comedic novelseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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