Drawn from the author’s experience teaching Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela during the #Metoo movement, this essay argues that bringing current discourses of consent and gender-based violence into conversation with the novel deepens students’ engagement with and interest in the eighteenth century. While students identify specters of Pamela and Mr. B’s relationship in their own worlds, the novel is also a helpful tool in revealing the many ways in which consent can be coerced.
Pamela, Samuel Richardson, #Metoo, consent, rape
"“Yield it up cheerfully”: Teaching Consent, Violence, and Coercion in Samuel Richardson’s Pamela,"
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830: Vol.10: Iss.2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol10/iss2/5