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Dishonoured

Michael Wood, 5 May 1983

The Rapes of Lucretia: A Myth and Its Transformation 
by Ian Donaldson.
Oxford, 203 pp., £15, October 1982, 0 19 812638 7
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The Rape of Clarissa 
by Terry Eagleton.
Blackwell, 109 pp., £10, September 1982, 0 631 13031 4
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Samuel Richardson: A Man of Letters 
by Carol HoulihanFlynn.
Princeton, 342 pp., £17.70, May 1982, 0 691 06506 3
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... she can face. Not dark, repressed emotions necessarily, or ‘powerful, tangled passions’, as Carol HoulihanFlynn eagerly claims, but rather bewilderment at an erratic liking which keeps queering her judgments, and makes her seem the accomplice of everything she sincerely rejects. The Rape of Clarissa is an ...

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