Abstract

This essay argues that Tobias Smollett’s The Adventures of Roderick Random—often characterized as a “robust adventure story”—puts male-male relations at the center of the world it describes. Tracing homosocial relations in the novel, it reveals that male relations are given an intensity that they rarely have in other fiction of the period. Smollett’s fear of giving in to male desire means that he only gives in to it more intensely than ever. That is what makes Roderick Random’s world of masculine desire so truly robust.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0201
Print ISSN
0193-5380
Pages
pp. 317-330
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-09
Open Access
No
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