William Godwin: Fleetwood; or The New Man of Feeling (2552 words)

Graham Allen (University College Cork)
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Readers of William Godwin's third novel tend nowadays to view it, like the earlier St Leon (1799), as an attempt to respond to the influence of Mary Wollstonecraft. Whether this view of these novels is accurate or not, it can be stated that the sub-title of the novel indicates an involvement with and examination of the notion of sensibility so important in a number of Wollstonecraft's work. As Pamela Clemit notes, in her introduction to the Pickering Collected Novels and Memoirs of William Godwin: “Although the novel's sub-title alludes to Henry Mackenzie's celebrated sentimental novel, The Man of Feeling (1771), the plot of marital jealousy in the third volume derives from Mackenzie's Julia de Roubigné (…

Citation: Allen, Graham. "Fleetwood; or The New Man of Feeling". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 September 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5116, accessed 10 July 2020.]

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