Considering the classroom commentary of KW and the copious prefatory material, it is clear that we are to understand Pamela as a pop-culture phenomenon. What about the novel made it so? Is it in some way a challenge to the rigid socio-economic structure of C18 England? Is it sensational becaus of the sexual content? What pop-culture phenomenon of C21 would you compare to Pamela and why?
On a different note, do you like to read introductions and editor's notes? Sometimes I feel like the experience of reading a novel should be between me and the author, but in this case I think Richardson was intentinally creating a public, sensational experience. How has extra-fabula material, or intertextuality, significantly affected something you've read before, wither within or outside of your academic reading?