The Problem of Collusion: Manley's The New Atalantis
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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