Quote From Stephen Metcalf's From Pamela to Fifty Shades of Grey

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Quote From Stephen Metcalf's From Pamela  to  Fifty Shades of Grey

Subject

Middle class people in the 21st century are drawn to Fifty Shades of Grey the same way middle class people in the 18th century were drawn to Pamela.

Description

In this quote, Stephen Metcalf claims that the reason people today and people in the 18th century were drawn to novels like Pamela and Fifty Shades of Grey alike is because the novels help them figure out who they are and what they want. This is fairly in line with John Locke's theories on the human mind in the regard that we learn from experience (such as reading a novel) and make decisions on that information.

Creator

Stephen Metcalf

Source

https://slate.com/culture/2015/02/fifty-shades-of-grey-and-samuel-richardsons-pamela-the-alpha-and-the-omega-of-the-novel.html

Publisher

Slate

Date

February 27, 2015

Contributor

Matthew Zachary

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Slate Article

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The salient point here is not that stupid people loved Fifty Shades or that smart people deplored it. It’s that the educated classes were drawn to it in spite of themselves. Drawn to it just as they were to Pamela. In Fifty Shades, they found what the literate middle classes always found in novels: the drama of who they are, who they must become next, as it works itself out in the marriage plot.

Citation

Stephen Metcalf, “Quote From Stephen Metcalf's From Pamela to Fifty Shades of Grey,” Enlightenmens, accessed September 26, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/665.

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