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A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy 

A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

Written by: Laurence Sterne
Edited by: Katherine Turner

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: August 20, 2010
264pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551118888 / 1551118882

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The quintessential novel of sentiment, A Sentimental Journey masquerades as the fragmentary travel journal of Parson Yorick, a whimsical and amorous Englishman abroad.  Accompanied through Paris and the provinces by his loyal French valet, Yorick enjoys a variety of sentimental and often comic encounters with a lively range of French characters.  The novel is also punctuated by passages of self-conscious reflection on questions of personal and national identity, slavery and freedom, poverty and inequality.

Appendices include material on sensibility in philosophy and literature and on eighteenth-century travel writing, as well as excerpts from Sterne's other writings and examples of the novel's critical reception, imitation, and illustration.


"This learned and hugely useable new Sentimental Journey provides a wealth of editorial materials that will add to the enjoyment and understanding of readers of all kinds. The approachable introduction is wisely informative not only on A Sentimental Journey but also on Sterne himself, the rise of the novel, travel literature, sensibility, genre, gender, and the work's influence and afterlife. The explanatory footnotes are thorough and discreetly scholarly. The text is accompanied by an outstandingly rich and pertinent selection of contextualising contemporary documentation. Turner's edition of A Sentimental Journey will make Sterne's second novel many new friends." - Marcus Walsh, University of Liverpool

"Katherine Turner's comprehensive and superbly written introduction, together with the rich contextual materials, make this the most useful edition of Sterne's Sentimental Journey in print today. Highly recommended for specialists, students, and general readers--anyone who might enjoy Sterne's irreverent brilliance." - James G. Basker, Barnard College, Columbia University

Katherine Turner is Associate Professor of English at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.

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Laurence Sterne: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy

Appendix A: Sensibility--Philosophical Sources

  1. From John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690)
  2. From George Cheyne, The English Malady (1733)
  3. From David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739–40)
  4. From David Hartley, Observations on Man (1749)
  5. From Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)

Appendix B: Sensibility in Literature

  1. "On Sympathy. By a Young Lady" (1752)
  2. "Ode to Sensibility" (1763)
  3. From Tristram Shandy--the death of Yorick (1759)
  4. From Tristram Shandy--reactions to Bobby's death (1762)
  5. From Monthly Review 32 (1765): review of Tristram Shandy Volumes VII & VIII (1765)
  6. From Hannah More, "Sensibility" (1782)

Appendix C: Sensibility and Social Reform

  1. From Christian Sympathy: A Sermon Preach'd in the Parish-Church of St Andrew, Holborn (1752)
  2. Correspondence between Sterne and Ignatius Sancho on Slavery (1766)
  3. From Tristram Shandy--the poor negro girl (1767)
  4. From Hannah More, "Slavery, a Poem' (1788)

Appendix D: Sterne's Didacticism

  1. Excerpts from Sterne's Letters (1767)
  2. Sermon 7 of The Sermons of Mr. Yorick (1760), "Vindication of Human Nature"

Appendix E: Travel Writing

  1. From Thomas Nugent, The Grand Tour (1749)
  2. From Tobias Smollett, Travels through France and Italy (1766)
  3. From Samuel Sharp, Letters from Italy (1766)
  4. From Tristram Shandy--Tristram on the Grand Tour (1765)
  5. From Tristram Shandy--Maria of Moulines (1767)

Appendix F: Contemporary Reviews and Evaluations

Appendix G: Imitations of A Sentimental Journey

Appendix H: A Sentimental Journey Anthologized and Illustrated

  1. "Preface" to The Beauties of Sterne (1782)
  2. Illustrations from early editions of A Sentimental Journey
  3. "Poor Maria" Wedgwood Medallion (c.1785)

Appendix I: Some Later Critiques

  1. John Wesley (1772)
  2. Vicesimus Knox (1782)
  3. William Wilberforce (1797)
  4. Hannah More (1808)

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