Category Archives: Tristram Shandy

John Locke according to Tristram Shandy

My enjoyment of Tristram Shandy consists largely in Sterne as iconoclast, most notably for me his critique of John Locke’s theory of language and ideas. But more generally I revel in his tongue-in-cheek renditions of the hubris of the Enlightenment! … Continue reading

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ARS LONGA

[Post post:] The Free Spirit of Laurence Sterne “For in writing what I have set about, I shall confine myself neither to his [Horace’s] rules, nor to any man’s rules who ever lived.” (Tristram Shandy, Bk 1, Ch. iv.)  “Nothing … Continue reading

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Tristram’s Dear Dear Jenny

Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, originally published in nine volumes, the first two appearing in 1759, and seven others following over the next seven years. In previous comments I posted about Tristram Shandy, I described … Continue reading

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Mid-Post: Inter-Shandean-Mezzo

Like James Joyce with his ever-flowing Finnegans Wake, a riverine blathering extravaganza if there ever was one, Laurence Sterne in Tristram Shandy, who must have seemed Sir Extravagant, or Sir Eccentric, himself, in his storytelling vagaries, wished to keep the … Continue reading

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Not your normal Shandydandy

The audio-book I recommend for Sterne’s Tristram Shandy—-Life and Opinions of etc. is the audible.com version read by Anton Lesser, which covers about 20 hours of one’s listening life, counting shutting down periodically the audible app and taking it up … Continue reading

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Summer Read: Tristram Shandy

Each summer we try to do a special writing project or read a work that we consider to be too long or ambitious to tackle in a single month. This summer we are going to read a book selected by … Continue reading

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