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Force or FraudBritish Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760$
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Toni Bowers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592135.001.0001

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The Problem of Collusion: Manley's The New Atalantis

The Problem of Collusion: Manley's The New Atalantis

(p.161) 6 The Problem of Collusion: Manley's The New Atalantis
Force or Fraud

Toni Bowers (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Delarivier Manley's fictional narratives dramatize and valorize new‐tory principles in their deployment of seduction topoi. The New Atalantis (1709), Manley's most famous roman à clef and the centerpiece of this chapter, uses ad hominem satire to attack individual Whig partisans and general whig principles, and does so through a series of scenes representing relations of “collusive resistance” within “force or fraud.” Close readings of key interpolated seduction tales from Atalantis demonstrate the importance of the seventeenth‐century topoi inherited by (and transformed in) eighteenth‐century seduction stories to new‐tory self‐justifications. In Manley's work in particular, these inherited topoi also contribute directly to the construction of a viable Tory partisan identity in the first decades of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Delarivier Manley, The New Atalantis (1709), seduction-story topoi, partisan identity, ad hominem satire, interpolated tales, new‐tory self‐justifications, roman à clef, seduction, “collusive resistance”

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