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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 54–81.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Aparna Gollapudi In the last quarter of the eighteenth century, John Bell commissioned hundreds of actor portraits in dramatic roles, which were published as book illustrations in the series Bell’s Shakespeare and Bell’s British Theatre. These portraits contributed significantly to the emergent...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (3): 55–84.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Danielle Spratt The essay argues that David Garrick and Sarah Siddons—two of the most financially successful celebrities of their time—cultivated their parental public images in print and portrait culture by capitalizing on the level of their participation in benefits for actors and in the Drury...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 30–65.
Published: 01 April 2015
...Terry F. Robinson This essay explores the impact of mirrors on Georgian-era theatrical and social performance. It suggests that looking glasses—as they burgeoned in eighteenth-century playhouses, offstage, onstage, and backstage—provided key sites for actors and audiences to engage with both...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (2): 92–114.
Published: 01 April 2009
... reflects an affective ethical attitude towards war, according to which individual actors are responsible for its effects as well as leaders. It combines sympathy and moral outrage with a strong desire for retribution. Duke University Press 2009 R Atrocity in Mid...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 162–187.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., the essay discusses prosecutions against writers and actors from the later seventeenth century through Cleland’s time, showing how the criminality of the offense was taken for granted (ca. 1670–1700), then rejected (in 1708), and then rationalized (in 1727). Cleland’s novel, notable for resorting...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (3): 30–62.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Alessio Mattana This essay examines the myth of Isaac Newton's modesty in eighteenth‐century Britain. By analyzing both primary sources by and on Newton and scholarship on the concept of “modest witnessing,” this essay argues that a number of actors concerned with Newton's public relevance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (2): 100–105.
Published: 01 April 2024
... In the early scenes of Richard Eyre's 2004 movie Stage Beauty , a period piece about the mechanics and gender politics of the Restoration stage, the fictionalized characters of Maria Hughes and Edward Kynaston engage in a telling debate. What would happen to male actors such as Kynaston, who were most...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 216–220.
Published: 01 January 2011
... Sillars, teaches in Norway, and another, Reiko Oya, in Japan. If the books can be said to share a thesis, it is that figures not usually clas- sified among the critics — actors, painters, illustrators — were engaging in their own versions of literary criticism all along, achieving insights...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 39–75.
Published: 01 April 2011
... the English Opera Company returned from Lincoln’s Inn Fields to the Little Theater in the Haymar- ket, in September 1733, that the opportunity to advance her career beyond the limited status of a singer would arise. Theophilus Cibber and his band of actors, on seceding from Highmore’s management...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (2): 23–48.
Published: 01 April 2003
... of dispersing the actors into a plurality of discrete motives and actions, the formal Character enabled the historian to establish a basis for a narrative’s continuity and unity. It provided an explicit location for the moral and political instruc- tion that the historian wished to impart, a space where he...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 119–123.
Published: 01 January 2016
... French women’s history have spurred Kushner to ask challenging questions. How did elite prostitution function as a market? What forces, economic, juridical, social, or emotional, governed actors in this sexual market? How did actors move into and out of the market? Where did they come from, where...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 44–47.
Published: 01 January 2009
... loud. That reader—along with preach- ers, actors, and novelists—as Goring convincingly argues, was immersed in a heated and continuously evolving debate over bodily gestures. Goring considers this debate in relation to the contemporaneous emergence of notions of polite- ness, and, in so doing...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (3): 115–126.
Published: 01 September 2007
...- cessful and that theater managers, actors, and playwrights “did their best to create this social profi le” and to discourage “an equally plebian presence” (116). Chapter six puts a face to the genteel audience of late Stuart theater and exam- ines who went to the theater, why they went there, and when...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., resemble the first exuberant wave of Bardolatry witnessed in the Georgian period? Modern celebrity culture was born in the eighteenth century. In par- ticular, the current celebrity of Shakespeare would not have been possi- ble without the substantial promotional campaigns of actor David Gar...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 138–158.
Published: 01 April 2008
...,” writes theater manager, actor, and play- wright Colley Cibber in his Apology, “no Actresses had ever been seen upon the English Stage. The Characters of Women, in former Theatres, were perform’d by Boys, or young Men of the most effeminate Aspect,” but after their appearance as players...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 101–114.
Published: 01 September 2019
... Macmillan, 2016). Pp. ix + 210. $99.99 Serious scholarly attention to Colley Cibber is long overdue. He was a play- wright, actor, theater manager, and theater historian of considerable impor- tance in all those realms. He was hugely successful over the course of a long life (1671 1757), but not much...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (1): 52–71.
Published: 01 January 2003
... it succinctly, “Rousseau’s discussion of the theater, especially the Lettre à d’Alembert, should . . . be interpreted as being simultaneously a discussion of art and society, and of fiction and reality in which the theater and the actor become the symbols of society and social...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (2): 61–86.
Published: 01 April 2004
.... What’s left? Attention to anxieties over the certainty of political knowl- edge and the status of the political actor shows another side to the work. Godwin at times dreams of an order in which the individual is effaced in his community and in which, far from abstracting impersonal principles...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 115–119.
Published: 01 September 2019
... painting, the Royal Academy and other exhibitions, reproductive prints, and graphic satire. McPherson s focus on three key figures the painter Joshua Reynolds (1723 92), and the actors David Garrick (1717 79) and Sarah Siddons (1755 1831) goes beyond a mere analysis of the mechanisms that allowed...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 January 2001
...- otal figure, in some cases appearing as virtually the first modern lesbian.6 In this essay, I am interested less in Damer’s life per se than in the way that her activities as a famed sculptor, gifted actor, and notorious gender-cross- ing woman stimulated eighteenth...