This satire offers an update of Jane Collier’s “An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting,” an instruction manual for sadists. It includes. An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting by Jane. Collier (review). Melvyn New. The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, Volume 40, Numbers , Autumn. Wickedly funny and bitingly satirical, The Art is a comedy of manners that gives insights into eighteenth-century behavior as well as the timeless art of emotional .

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Likewise those researching attitudes of the time who want a pithier insight into life in England circa should have a read. It is possible, and perhaps intended, to read this long essay as a joke or critique on society one particularly great passage that compares social limitations placed on women to the cruelties of tormenting oc stands out but I found it hard to do so at many points.

The conditions were not suitable, and she became the governess for Samuel Richardson ‘s daughter, Patty, by It is also an advice book, a handbook of anti-etiquette, and an energetic comedy of manners.

The chapters about tormenting those you have power over servants, children, husbands, porters, ect really did not sit well with me as there is something particularly perverse about exploiting those who depend on you. Benjamin Fisher rated it really liked it Jul 22, The result is a literary work sure to be enjoyed both by lovers of satire and those with an interest in the real daily dramas of the eighteenth-century world.

An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting

Mar 30, Hannah rated rat it was amazing. Suna rated it really liked it Apr 13, An enjoyable satirical novel that captures the late 18th century Zeitgeist.


To wives, she tells them to “Be out of humour when your husband brings company home: Unfortunatelygiven the landscape of our era, such evaluative clouds are nowhere on the horizon and this edition of Collier is merely symptomatic and certainly not the unique culprit.

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English Choose a language esssay shopping. EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September The exact date of her death is not known, but her death took place in London before the end of March. May 14, Bekah rated it it was amazing. Amber Albone rated adt liked it Aug 02, Alice rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Collier describes methods for “teasing and mortifying” one’s intimates and acquaintances in a variety of social situations. To the master and mistresses, the narrator claims that “you are no tomenting lover of the noble game of Tormenting, if a good dinner, or any other convenience or enjoyment, can give you half the pleasure, as the teasing and mortifying a good industrious servant, who has done her very best to please you.

I’m genuinely conflicted about this book. Craik puts in context the various disputes described in The Art domestic squabbles, quarrels between female friends, altercations between social classes by describing the emergence in mid-eighteenth century of new notions of bourgeois femininity, along with new ideas of leisure and recreation. Broadview Press; 1 edition January 1, Language: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Trivia About An Essay on the A Henry Fielding complimented Collier on the work by declaring she had “an Understanding more than Female, mixed with virtues almost more than human”. Work remains to be done on how much of her history of midwifery or her model for a college derives from male-authored works.

I also enjoyed the introduction provided as it helped place in the book in the correct context; it also provide some useful information about the Lady who wrote it, as I had never heard of her before I will certainly be looking into more of her work.


This is probably one of the better books I’ve had to read for my eighteenth-century lit course — and some biting satire was an especially welcome respite after all that dreadful sentimental literature. Selected Poetry Oxford World’s Classics. Get to Know Us.

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Collier’s use of humour is morally ambiguous, and is at the crux of my uncertain feelings towards this book. Views Read Edit View history. Write a customer review. In particular, Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding both had a particular interest in her intelligence and in her writing ability.

And, it’s written by a woman which is pretty rad given the time and content. There was only one edition printed during Collier’s life, but there were many subsequent revisions and republications of the work. An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting.

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Servants squabbled with their masters, masters upbraided their servants, husbands loathed their wives, their wives hated their husbands etc. The Essay is modelled on Jonathan Swift ‘s satire Instructions to Servantsand even mentions Swift directly, [6] but Collier reverses the roles in Swift’s satire and instead writes from a servant’s perspective in the first book.

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