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As Samuel Richardson's 'exemplar to her sex,’ Clarissa in the eponymous novel published in 1748 is the paradigmatic female victim. In Clarissa’s Ciphers, Terry Castle delineates the ways in which, in a world where only voice carries authority, Clarissa is repeatedly silenced, both metaphorically and literally. A victim of rape, she is first a victim of hermeneutic abuse. Drawing on feminist criticism and hermeneutic theory, Castle examines the question of authority in the novel. By tracing the patterns of abuse and exploitation that occur when meanings are arbitrarily and violently imposed, she explores the sexual politics of reading.

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  1. Cover
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  1. CLARISSA’S CIPHERS
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. CLARISSA’S CIPHERS
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. CLARISSA’S CIPHERS
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. CLARISSA’S CIPHERS
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. 1. Clarissa by Halves
  2. pp. 32-37
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 11-13
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  1. 2. Discovering Reading
  2. pp. 38-46
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 15-31
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  1. 3. Reading the Letter, Reading the World
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. 1. Clarissa by Halves
  2. pp. 32-37
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  1. 4. Interrupting "Miss Clary"
  2. pp. 57-80
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  1. 2. Discovering Reading
  2. pp. 38-46
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  1. 5. Denatured Signs
  2. pp. 81-107
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  1. 3. Reading the Letter, Reading the World
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. 6. The Voyage Out
  2. pp. 108-135
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  1. 4. Interrupting “Miss Clary”
  2. pp. 57-80
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  1. 7. The Death of the Author: Clarissa's Coffin
  2. pp. 136-147
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  1. 5. Denatured Signs
  2. pp. 81-107
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  1. 8. The Death of the Author: Richardson and the Reader
  2. pp. 148-180
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  1. 6. The Voyage Out
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  1. 9. Epilogue: The Reader Lives
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  1. 7. The Death of the Author: Clarissa’s Coffin
  2. pp. 136-147
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  1. Bibliographic Postscript
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. 8. The Death of the Author: Richardson and the Reader
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-205
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  1. 9. Epilogue: The Reader Lives
  2. pp. 181-187
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  1. Bibliographic Postscript
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-202
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  1. CLARISSA’S CIPHERS
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