Shandyism

Shandyism

a tendency to whimsical conduct in accord with absurd theories from past ages. [Allusion to the actions of Walter, father of the hero in Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.]
See also: Behavior
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This shallowness permeates Sterne's fiction, Stephen concluding that "The Shandyism upon which he prided himself was not a very exalted form of mind, nor one which offered a very deep or lasting satisfaction" (163).
Nor are they a body of literature whose prime interest is that they throw light upon Shandyism in its biographical or fictional manifestations.