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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 183–211.
Published: 01 January 2015
...David O’Shaughnessy The Whig pamphleteer Dennis O’Bryen is one of a number of Irish playwrights in eighteenth-century London whose cultural and political contribution to the city has been overlooked. This essay offers the early career of O’Bryen as a case study in how the theater might be used...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 59–83.
Published: 01 January 2016
... as a central principle of human nature. Questions about the mind/soul's “agitations” were crucial to a wide range of Enlightenment theories about mental imagery, rhetorical persuasion, and aesthetic beauty. Many writers, including John Dennis, linked the aesthetic import of spatial movement to Newtonian laws...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 57–80.
Published: 01 September 2012
..., Francis Osborne, Sir William Temple, Charles de Sainte-Évremond, John Locke, John Wilson, the Earl of Shaftesbury, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and John Gay. It examines examples of miscellanies produced by John Dryden and his publisher Jacob Tonson, by John Dennis and Charles Gildon, and by Pope...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 23–27.
Published: 01 September 2010
... for the significance of  Whig aesthetics. Williams aims to resus- citate a corpus—perhaps even a canon—of partisan literature that was both popular and acclaimed by contemporaries. Working in concert, Whigs like Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax; Rich- ard Blackmore; Joseph Addison; and John Dennis developed...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 140–159.
Published: 01 September 2020
... is closely associated with what Burke would later describe as the sublime. In the preface to the 1706 Battle of Ramillia, John Dennis explains that tho this can by no means pass for a just Epick Poem, yet it is something of the Epick Kind. 25 Finding the Battle of Blenheim too bright, too strong...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 123–132.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Daniel Rosenberg Loveland Jeff . An Alternative Encyclopedia? Dennis de Coetlogon’s “Universal History” (1745) ( Oxford : The Voltaire Foundation , 2010 ). Pp. xiii + 256. $105 Stalnaker Joanna . The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 36–67.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Charles Burney would reiterate sixty years later when he claimed that “ours is not a climate for serenades.”20 In his seminal Essay on the Operas after the Italian Manner of 1706, John Dennis also discussed the possible relationship between climate, char- acter, and music.21 Dennis’s strict...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 101–114.
Published: 01 September 2019
... sadistic pleasure in refusing scripts, which he jokingly referred to as the choking of singing birds.4 The chapter does, however, vividly convey the enormous degree of financial and artistic success Drury Lane enjoyed under the triumvirate management, 1710 32. Derogatory abuse from John Dennis...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 197–212.
Published: 01 September 2021
... manners and new images” from ancient texts (Robinson and Dennis, 47). Regan also explores the changing dynamics between imaginative poetry and paratext: he observes that Percy's paratextual interventions perform several functions, emphasizing and justifying the formal irregularities of ballads...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 145–149.
Published: 01 September 2014
... culture, he shows, but also in plays by Nicholas Rowe, John Dennis, Catherine Trotter, and James Thompson. Wilson looks at serious drama rather than comedy, and focuses his attention on 1688–1745, rather than the earlier period. Nevertheless, it is still interesting that he draws such differ- ent...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (3): 66–89.
Published: 01 September 2004
... aesthetic concept in Boileau-Despréaux’s 674 translation of Longinus’ seminal treatise, Peri Hupsous (On the Sublime), and its mutation through John Dennis’ awe-struck account of the ruggedness and geological asym- metry of the Alps in 688, Shaftesbury’s evocation of the grandeur of high places...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (2): 92–114.
Published: 01 April 2009
..., accuses Louis of aiming for “univer- sal Monarchy,” and of becoming ever more tyrannical as he grew older, so that he with “all his Faculties intently bent, / Lavish of Gold, and Blood, unpeopled France.”39 In the same year, John Dennis, commemorating the Battle of Ramillies, has Satan look...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (1): 56–78.
Published: 01 January 2022
... of uncompromising virtue, Addison's protagonist was, as we know, widely regarded as exemplary. Nor was Budgell the only one to regard the play as “approving” suicide. Amid the chorus of praise, some critics were troubled by Cato for this very reason. John Dennis opined that it offered the “pernicious instruction...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 72–96.
Published: 01 January 2013
... of a philosophical dialogue have distinc- tive voices, not common ones; these voices are compatible through being tuned to a higher pitch. The effort to define true enthusiasm was partly recuperative: enthusiasm in its higher meaning, much as John Dennis had suggested in his literary criticism, was a property...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 110–117.
Published: 01 September 2011
...: A Bibliography (Knoxville: Newfound, 2010). Pp. xxv + 735. $34.95 Loveland, Jeff. An Alternative Encyclopedia? Dennis de Coetlogon’s “Universal History”(1745) (Oxford: The Voltaire Foundation, 2010). Pp. xiii + 256. $105 Macpherson, Sandra. Harm’s Way: Tragic Responsibility and the Novel Form...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 January 2017
...), The Merry Companion, or Humorous Miscellany (1752), and The Book of Fun or the Quintessence of Wit and Mirth (1759). It is some- what of an odd jolt for the modern reader to encounter Milton in the comic context in which these miscellanies present him. John Dennis’s essay on Milton’s sublimity (1702...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 66–102.
Published: 01 January 2015
... of whom were Irish. Among them were lawyers such as Dennis Molony and Edmund Malone, peers such as Lords Ken- mare and Fitzwilliam, landed gentlemen like George Matthew and Arthur French, merchants such as Patrick Walsh and Richard Fitzgerald, and Dr. Nicholas Shee, a physician.14 One Irishman who...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 120–125.
Published: 01 April 2013
..., and in the case of Pride and Prejudice, the cover art downplays, even disguises, its sexy interior. While a primly seated Keira Knightley look-­alike, drawn by Sonny Liew and Dennis Calero, graces a witty Pride and Prejudice cover that spoofs the layout of Seventeen magazine, Hugo Petrus characterizes Lizzy...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 60–79.
Published: 01 April 2012
... psychologized sublime, as theorized by John Dennis, proved useful here, since it allowed equivalences to be found between emotional responses to war and to art. Dennis argued that enthusiastic passion could be moved by “Ideas occurring in Contemplation” and that terror, the most transport- ing experience...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 155–182.
Published: 01 January 2015
... a house on St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, handy for his work in the Irish House of Commons as one of the MPs for County Kerry between 1743 and 1752.20 The house was also conveniently near the seaside mansion of his formidable sister and supporter, Lady Arbella Denny, at Peafield Cliff House...