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Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-302) and index.
Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements; A note on the text; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 The concept of the household-family; 2 The concept of the household-family in novels and conduct treatises; 3 The concept of the lineage-family; 4 The language of kinship; 5 Friends; 6 Political friends; 7 Ideas about friendship and the constructions of friendship in literary texts; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Naomi Tadmor presents a new description of how family structures operated in eighteenth-century England starting from an analysis of contemporary language (in diaries; conduct treatises; novels by Richardson and Haywood; and other sources). Her book will be of great interest to historians and literary scholars of the period.
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