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  English OnLine
Tristram Shandy can always attribute the peculiarity of his nature and the strange events of his life to the fact that, when he was on the point of being conceived, his mother asked his father, the eccentric, henpecked Walter Shandy, whether he had not forgotten to wind the clock.
The reason that Tristram was born in Shandy Hall, instead of in London, and delivered by a mere midwife, instead of a real doctor, is ascribed to the peculiar marriage settlement between the elder Shandys.
Shandy would be allowed to bear her child in London, but if she ever falsely persuaded her husband to take her to the capital, she surrendered this right and would have to settle for a home delivery.
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  The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
But the earlier work is not needed to see the influence of Rabelais on Tristram Shandy, which is evident in multiple allusions, as well as in the overall tone of bawdy humor centered on the body.
Tristram Shandy has been adapted as a graphic novel by Cartoonist Martin Rowson.
The Skull and Bones secret society is rumoured [1] to use characters from Tristram Shandy in its rituals.
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 Laurence Sterne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was while living in the country-side, struggling with tuberculosis, that Sterne began work on his most famous novel, Tristram Shandy, the first volumes of which were published in 1759.
His major publication prior to Tristram Shandy was the satire, A Political Romance, from 1759, aimed at conflicts of interest within York Minster.
Tristram Shandy did not last.’ This is strikingly different from the views of European critics of the day, who praised Sterne and Tristram Shandy as innovative and superior.
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 toplama: Tristram Shandy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Tristram's persistent interest and amusement in sexual matters (such as his own conception or Toby's wound in the groin) is demonstrated in frequent ironical parades of discretion, indiscretion, and innuendo.
Tristram's birth is now fully described in volume iii, but only after many diversions and asides, including the mighty curse of Ernulphus of Rochester—at which time the author finds occasion to produce his overdue Preface.
Volume v covers the death of Tristram's brother Bobby and Walter's response, the reflections of Trim on death, and the devising of the Tristapaedia for Tristram's education.
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 Jo Alyson Parker
Tristram aims to reach the point where the narrated self becomes the narrating self: "whipp'd and driven to the last pinch, at the worst I shall have one day the start of my pen" (286).
Tristram cannot, ultimately, discover the initial conditions that gave rise to his narrative trajectory or achieve narrative "death," except, of course, in the sense that the text does and must physically come to an end.
Tristram's precise dating of when he is writing indicates that his history advances as he writes--chronology here used to subvert "the clockwork hegemony" (Kellert 145) instigated by Newtonian science.
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 Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Rereadings
Tristram Shandy's power to shock lay in its frank and comic acknowledgement of the libidinal energies that animated 18th-century life.
If Tristram Shandy testifies to what we might now see as a culture fascinated by celebrity, it is also a critical response to those commercial forces that flow beyond the local trials of the book market to underpin economic adventurism and "curiosity" around the globe.
The child born into the pages of Tristram Shandy is surrounded by the anecdotal world view of a previous generation, above and below stairs, and in particular by the tales of the military veteran, uncle Toby, a patriot "of the old stamp" and bashful source of philanthropic feeling in the novel.
books.guardian.co.uk /departments/classics/story/0,6000,1027582,00.html   (1640 words)

 Tristram Shandy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The text purports, as the title indicates, to set out the "autobiography" of Tristram Shandy, however, the birth of the hero, which the author sets about to discuss on the first page, does not finally occur until volume iv and he is not breeched until volume vi.
Tristram Shandy is thoroughly performative, not so much a story but an extended act of and meditation on story-telling.
Sterne's narrative logic is one which favours the endless freeplay, the infinite possibilities of writing over the exigencies of plot, the logic of cause and effect and the desire for closure.
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 Lynch, Tristram Shandy Bibliography
Tristram is ultimately not a rhetorician because his concern is not persuasion but pleasure, the simple joy of the text.
Tristram's only out is writing, which he uses as a tool to resist encroaching commercialism and the definitions it imposes: "Tristram manages and manipulates his narrative authority, both formally and structurally, as to undermine definitions of all kinds, and thereby the authority of bourgeois ideology." Writing resists the closure imposed by bourgeois ideology.
Williams's thesis is that "Tristram Shandy is a narrative of narrative.
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"In Tristram Shandy the struggle to read the world is transformed into pleasure because the effort is shared, because it becomes the basis for conversation, for an encounter within which all participants gain a degree of freedom and status rarely found in the routines of life." (66.
Tristram's hobbyhorse is often said to be his interest in the structural idiosyncracies of his own writing or even his entire book." (55.
Instead, Tristram Shandy is all gothic digression, and digression within digression: when the ëcause and crotchetí of an impulse has been set forth at chapter length, 'when that's done, twill be time to return back to the parlour fire-side, where we left my uncle Toby in the middle of his sentence'.
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 The Illustration of Tristram Shandy, 1760-1996   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Tristram’s diagram requires the assumption that other variables enacted by a wavy line, such as the direction of the deviations, are also meaningful, making his two-dimensional representation informative.
Tristram’s assumption that the message represented by the flourish is directly equivalent to a verbal utterance, is false.
The stark lighting, Tristram’s discarded toys, his pained expression, his nurse’s sorrow, and the artist’s positioning of Slop to block the reader’s view, combine with the artist’s most telling stratagem, his accreditation of Susannah’s clumsiness more to shock than modesty, to imply that Tristram’s groin wound is serious and painful.
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 BBC - Radio 4 - Tristram Shandy
A: Tristram Shandy is one man's attempt to tell us his life story as comprehensively as he can.
For Tristram this is particularly important because the moment of his birth is quite complicated and things happen to him at that point which he sees as having shaped the whole of his life so he needs to explain them if he's going to give a convincing account of himself.
In Tristram's own words it's digressive and heads off in all directions, but it's progressive too, so even whilst he's doing a detour round his opinions about sleep or buttonholes or what his Uncle Toby was up it's still moving forwards and managing to tell the story that it pretends it can't.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio4/arts/tristram_white.shtml   (783 words)

 Tristram Shandy
The text purports, as the title indicates, to set out the "autobiography" of Tristram Shandy, however, the birth of the hero, which the author sets about to discuss on the first page, does not finally occur until volume iv and he is not breeched until volume vi.
Tristram Shandy is thoroughly performative, not so much a story but an extended act of and meditation on story-telling.
Sterne's narrative logic is one which favours the endless freeplay, the infinite possibilities of writing over the exigencies of plot, the logic of cause and effect and the desire for closure.
www3.iath.virginia.edu /elab/hfl0259.html   (339 words)

 eBay - Book: Tristram Shandy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
A classic of English literature, "Tristram Shandy" was published in nine volumes between 1759 and 1767, at a time when the English novel was just beginning to acquire its distinguishing features thanks to Sterne's contemporaries, Henry Fielding and Samuel Richardson.
Tristram Shandy ("shandy" meaning "crack-brained, half-crazy") narrates his own genesis and development, beginning with the moment of his conception--although his digressions prevent him from taking his evolution much beyond the age of two.
Shandy; the polemical and hasty parson, Yorick; the ignorant physician, Dr. Slop; and the intractable household servant, Obadiah.
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 The Ampersand | essay by Michael R. Allen
Tristram takes each scene in his life he describes and uses each point as a point in a narrative space that must be connected to others, in a way that both entertains and imparts meaning.
Tristram Shandy has created art, whether he likes it or not - the Shandean perspective on writing betrays Tristram’s own injunction against its being called “art.” Stephen Dedalus errs in assuming that the invitation for human response disqualifies a work as art, when it instead is the essential qualifier of a true literary art.
Tristram Shandy and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man both remind us that there must be an engagement of a world outside of the solitary writer in order for one’s literature, verse or prose, to provide that meeting ground and not to remain an item of personal fetish.
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 tristram: Tristram Shandy on Hypertext   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Tristram Shandy, written in nine separate volumes between 1759 and 1767, is among the most eccentric, extraordinarily.
Laurence Sterne's great comic novel, Tristram Shandy, was originally published between 1759 and 1767 in nine.
There are a manageable number of books on Tristram Shandy published in the half-century, and I mention the more.
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 Screentalk Film Review - Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
The genius of Tristram Shandy, the second great film of 2006 (after Bubble), is that by not being slaves to their unfilmable source, Boyce and Winterbottom still found the heart of Sterne's novel - the unpredictability of life.
Tristram Shandy is so consistently clever and entertaining that we await the next surprise, unsure if the scene to come will be behind-the-scenes, straight-to-the-camera, or the attempted adaptation of the book.
In the final act, Tristram Shandy might not be as perfectly clever as it could have been if it has been just a little more tied to a narrative, any narrative, but that's a minor complaint for a screenplay that consistently tries to march to the beat of a different drummer.
www.screentalk.biz /reviews/tristram_filmreview.php   (598 words)

 MovieFreak.com - "Tristram Shandy - A Cock & Bull Story" DVD Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, which was serialized over the course of nine volumes between 1759 and 1767, caused quite a stir when it was first published.
Shandy while also appearing as a historian in the documentary half (Fry could be playing himself playing one, both, or neither of these roles).
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story is easily the wittiest, most entertaining film I have seen so far this year.
www.moviefreak.com /artman/publish/dvd_tristramshandy.shtml   (1145 words)

 Full text and plot summary of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gent. by Laurence Sterne
Laurence Sterne’s singular novelistic achievement, …Tristram Shandy, is one of the landmarks of English literature.
The author is no more serious in his treatment of the subject matter suggested by the title: Tristram himself is not born until the fourth volume and by the end of the novel is not out of his infancy.
In amongst the potted histories of Tristram’s conception, philosophic musings and travels are a host of amusing characters such as Uncle Toby (with his testing groin wound), the hopeless Dr Slop, and Walter Shandy who is constructing the Tristapaedia to educate his son.
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 CliffsNotes::Tristram Shandy:Book Summary and Study Guide
Tristram, once his mind has been set in motion, creates the rest of the individuals who people his world, meaning that all of them come through to the reader through the unfolding of Tristram's consciousness.
And the Shandys whom the writer bids goodbye to every so often include even little Tristram himself; the writer is willing to tell (with a calculated attempt to frustrate the reader) about his own conception, his birth, his childhood accidents, his first breeches, and a couple of trips to the Continent, but nothing else.
Tristram says near the end of the book, "All I wish is, that it may be a lesson to the world, 'to let people tell their stories in their own way.'" The best thing of all in reading his book is to take his advice.
www.cliffsnotes.com /WileyCDA/LitNote/Tristram-Shandy.id-190,pageNum-2.html   (1608 words)

 a book characterised as ‘unconnected rhapsody, rambling digression, eccentric humour, peculiar wit, petulance, ...
In the entirely untranquil and uncollected Tristram Shandy, the telling of the life and the living of the life - and the living-out of the telling of the life - and the sense of running-out that presses on both the life and the telling; all these become queerly, queasily crumpled together.
The secret of Tristram Shandy may have been that it was at once highly cerebral, flaunting its recondite allusions, and delighting in its wit and verbal sleight-of-hand, and brazenly corporeal.
Shandy’s mother will be rewarded for her interruption by being left almost mute in the throes of childbirth for dozens of pages while menfolk prattle daftly about her.
www.bbk.ac.uk /eh/skc/sterne   (2718 words)

 Tristram Shandy
Although within range of Fort Fisher's guns, Tristram Shandy closed the disabled blockade runner to destroy her before she could be salvaged by Southern forces.
Through skillful maneuvering by her commanding officer, Tristram Shandy emerged unscathed, as she kept behind the clouds of smoke from her own guns and thus confused the Confederate lookouts spotting for the fort's heavy rifles.
Tristram Shandy then conveyed Confederate prisoners to Fort Pulaski, Georgia, in late May and returned to Hampton Roads on 2 June.
www.history.navy.mil /danfs/t8/tristram_shandy.htm   (1002 words)

 MSN Encarta - Sidebar - From Tristram Shandy
It purports to be the autobiography of Tristram Shandy but quickly turns into something else altogether, including something of a meditation on the twists and turns of fate in spite of all our efforts to find reason and order in the world.
In this representative passage, Tristram is in the process of being conceived (“homunculus” refers to Tristram as an embryo) and holds the actions of his parents responsible for his later development.
The seemingly trivial act of his father having to wind the clock has consequences, for Tristram, that carry throughout the rest of the novel.
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 Narrativity and Stasis in Martin Rowson's Tristram Shandy
Tristram Shandy could extend itself because once Tristram is born, the novel's capacity to generate further story--its narrativity, as we would call it today--took the form not of instabilities in the relations of the characters generating expectations and desires, but of very literal gaps between promises made and promises kept.
Tristram may spend over a year writing about his gestation and birth, but Rowson manages to use up on the first four books of Tristram Shandy about 90% of his graphic novel.
If Rowson's way of capturing the narrativity of Tristram Shandy is to reduplicate its strategies at a higher level of commentary, his technique for bringing the text to a complete halt is entirely different.
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 The "Black Page" in Tristram Shandy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Much of the "oddity" and humour of Tristram Shandy derives from moments such as these, when Tristram playfully parodies, violates, or explores the conventional forms of the novel.
Sterne's imagining here of his own "death" is not just a case of excessive morbidity: Sterne suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis (as does Tristram), and, while he remained optimistic always in his continual struggle with the disease, he knew that he would one day, and sooner rather than later, succumb to it.
Although it may now seem occasionally melodramatic in its description of Yorick's end, the death scene here was much admired by contemporary readers, and it stands as a relatively early example of the kind of "sentimental" narrative that was to become very much the vogue later in the century.
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 MSN Encarta - Laurence Sterne
Sterne, Laurence (1713-1768), English novelist and humorist, who wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, one of the great 18th-century masterpieces of English fiction.
Tristram Shandy was a highly original and innovative work; it exploded the budding conventions of the novel and confounded the expectations of its readers.
Sterne had unique ideas about perception, meaning, and time that made Tristram Shandy a precursor to the modern novel and stream of consciousness.
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 Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne
Tristram Shandy provoked a literary sensation when it first appeared in a series of installments between 1759 and 1767.
The publication in December 1759 of the initial installment of Tristram Shandy transported Sterne, at the age of forty-six, from his country pulpit to the center of London's literary world.
Tristram Shandy did not last') and its censorship in Victorian times (most notably by Thackeray), Tristram Shandy endures today as an innovative masterpiece that anticipated by nearly two centuries the work of such modern writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Beckett.
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 Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story | Official Movie Site | Picturehouse
A well-known though not necessarily widely read masterpiece, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" is a bawdy romp that plays with the techniques and conventions of the novel; its autobiographical speaker is prone to narrative excursions, direct addresses to the reader, and other eccentricities that make his tale anything but linear.
Of course, no account of Tristram's birth would be complete without a discussion of his father, Walter Shandy (Coogan), an intellectually inclined, determinedly modern man who would attend to every detail of his son's existence, including the means by which he is delivered.
There is the self-consciously learned Walter Shandy, whose lofty plans for his son are continually thwarted; Walter's adoring, naïve brother, Uncle Toby, still obsessed by the war in which he sustained mysterious, never-discussed wounds to his private parts; and Dr. Slop, the physician whose bedside manner is not all it could be.
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