English Language and Literature ETDs

Twentieth-Century Criticism of Form in Tristram Shandy

Charles Parish


When the artist objectifies his life and his consciousness and makes of them the raw material of his book, they are no longer his life and his consciousness. This is what many authors, before Sterne as well as after him, have done. Aesthetic form and purpose, when overlaid on such subject matter, convert it into as legitimate and valid a substance as any other.