Henry Fielding Shamela Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Baguley, David. “Parody and the Realist Novel.” University of Toronto Quarterly: A Canadian Journal of the Humanities 55, no. 1 (fall 1985): 94-108.

Discusses the relationship between parodies and parodying texts, including Shamela and Pamela.

Baker, Sheridan. Introduction to Joseph Andrews and Shamela, by Henry Fielding, pp. xi-xxx. New York: Crowell, 1972.

Surveys Fielding's career and presents an overview of the two novels, claiming that with Shamela English fiction becomes “literate” because the work generates its meaning from other literature.

Battestin, Martin C. Introduction to Joseph Andrews and Shamela, by Henry Fielding, pp. v-xi. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1961.

Appreciates Shamela's lusty good humor but sees it as little more than a parody.

Davis, Joe Lee. “Criticism and Parody.” Thought 26 (1951): 180-90.

Discusses the nature of parody before arguing that in Shamela Fielding corrects Richardson's morality, psychology, and sociology, which points the way to Joseph Andrews.

Evans, James E. “Fielding, The Whole Duty of Man, Shamela, and Joseph Andrews.Philological Quarterly 61, no. 2 (spring 1982): 212-19.

Discusses the thematic connections between three of Fielding's novels.

Kreissman, Bernard. Pamela-Shamela: A Study of the Criticisms, Burlesques, Parodies, and Adaptations of Richardson's “Pamela.” Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1960, pp. 7-22.

Views Joseph Andrews and Shamela as the most successful of the Pamela parodies.

Nickel, Terri. “Pamela as Fetish: Masculine Anxiety in Henry Fielding's Shamela and James Parry's The True Anti-Pamela.Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 22 (1992): 37-49.

Examines themes of materiality and feminine sexuality in Shamela and another parody of Samuel Richardson's novel.

Shepperson, Archibald. “Richardson and Fielding: Shamela and Shamelia.” In The Novel in Motley: A History of the Burlesque Novel in English. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936, pp. 9-38.

Discusses Shamela, Joseph Andrews, and burlesques of Fielding's own works.

Wood, Carl. “Shamela's Subtle Satire: Fielding's Characterization of Mrs. Jewkes and Mrs. Jervis.” English Language Notes 13 (1976): 266-70.

Claims that the inversion of the two characters in Shamela is an attack on Richardson's moral equivocating.

Additional coverage of Fielding's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: British Writers; British Writers Retrospective Supplement; Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography 1660-1789; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors 3.0; DISCovering Authors: British; DISCovering Authors: Canadian edition; DISCovering Authors: Modules—Dramatists Module, Most Studied Authors Module, and Novelists Module; Dictionary of Literary Biography vols. 39, 84, and 101; Literature Criticism from 1400-1800 vols. 1 and 46; Literature Resource Center; Reference Guide to English Literature Vol. 2; World Literature Criticism; and World Literature in its Times vol. 3.