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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (1): 56–72.
Published: 01 January 2010
... continually engages with issues of language and authority. Exquemelin was fascinated with the challenges of producing credible accounts of experience and with the techniques and politics of manipulating narrative for empowerment. For Exquemelin, buccaneers are not only violent criminals but also linguistic...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 179–196.
Published: 01 January 2017
... the relationship between the practical, educational, and aspirational uses of poetry, and the formation of a literary canon. Recitation miscellanies not only showed readers how to achieve affect, but they also gave them collections of literature to appreciate, and some introduction to the terms on which those...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 103–130.
Published: 01 January 2015
... that the new lodge also attracted English Masons. Its rapid growth in London and provincial England was seeded by the bigotry and condescension with which many in England viewed the Irish, but was more a function of the Antients’ social inclusivity and its commitment to mutual support. This resonated not only...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 131–154.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Patrick Walsh London’s emergence as a significant financial center in the decades after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 created new opportunities not just for Londoners, but also for those living either in the English provinces or in the metropolitan provinces of Ireland and Scotland. This article...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 April 2015
..., enable an appreciation of the sophistication and deliberateness of Macartney’s narrative. Thus, I argue that Macartney’s “failure” is predicated on his understanding and exploration of cultural difference—his narrative opens a space that brings British and Chinese representatives together while also...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
... of his life, but he was also a translator, a textual scholar, a prodigious letter writer, and in the first major phase of his career, a love poet depicting young women in love, such as Sapho, Eloise, the Unfortunate Lady, and Belinda, often focusing on erotic rapture and death. From about 1728 until his...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 59–83.
Published: 01 January 2016
... of motion. I trace the ways that Dennis's theories about motion imagery address not only the classical tradition of “bringing-before-the-eyes,” but also the modern philosophical models of inertia and force. In arguing that writing about poetry could better elucidate the motions of the mind/soul than could...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 15–19.
Published: 01 April 2019
... a postdoctoral degree and rejected by search committees at so-called “elite universities.” The price I had to pay for my academic work on erotica, which proved pioneering in the long run, was considerable and also entailed financial disadvantages. If research on pornography and erotica is no problem today...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 162–187.
Published: 01 April 2019
... to the US Constitution. The essay also discusses several famous but inaccurate claims about the prosecution of Cleland and his publishers (e.g., that Cleland was paid to stop writing obscene novels, and that his publishers made a fortune from the book), and also includes a list of eighteenth-century...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 49–73.
Published: 01 January 2020
... of the Late Increase of Robbers , and his newspaper, the Covent Garden Journal, also display a certainty that the poor possessed both power and agency. He encouraged all citizens to take part in legal actions from policing to prosecuting. This essay argues that while he condemns citizens who attempt to change...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2023
.... But as Austen explores the promise of habit in Mansfield Park , she also reveals the problems it can create. Most prominently, Austen's novel reminds us that the conditions for cultivating virtue through habituation can also function to cultivate vice or, what is more insidious, virtue understood as resignation...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (1): 56–78.
Published: 01 January 2022
... commentators, Addison's Cato was a model not only to be applauded but also imitated. In this essay, I take seriously this disconnection between current interpretation and immediate reception. I first attend to the tragedy's fifth act, where we see a concerted attempt both to flag the protagonist's fallibility...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 50–71.
Published: 01 January 2024
... and original author over copyist, I examine acts of selection, adaptation, and copying, indicated by naming and signing, in a representative selection of miscellanies from the database Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820. I also consider such patterns of selection in four miscellanies extending across...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 28–49.
Published: 01 January 2024
... fidelity and credibility. Our case study also pushes us to reconsider some of the clustered assumptions around the nature of the manuscript book in this period: this is the work of a male, non‐elite writer, an amateur production. It is not a family or coterie production, and rather than offering...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 36–67.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Baretti used Montesquieu's theory to conceptualize relationships between music, audience, and environment. They were drawn to Montesquieu not simply because his political ideas were popular, but also because his thought was directly engaged with midcentury concerns about music's power over the body, its...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 7–31.
Published: 01 January 2017
... this hugely popular literary form over the century? Whilst the article examines a number of texts, it also offers a more focused analysis of one particular collection, The Agreeable Variety (1717), from which we can draw wider conclusions. The miscellany contains eight “Shakespearean” fragments. Some...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 January 2017
..., and it also documents the appearance of Milton's shorter poems in the period before Thomas Warton's seminal publication of these works in his Poems upon Several Occasions (1785). By surveying Milton's place in poetic miscellanies, this essay aims to demonstrate the various and changing functions his poetry...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 158–178.
Published: 01 January 2017
... the century is borne out by the evidence, and also looks at the ways in which the posthumous careers of Abraham Cowley and Sir Richard Blackmore are affected by posterity, according to the patterns of their reprinting in miscellany culture. Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 poetry canon...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 89–95.
Published: 01 September 2017
... and increasingly widespread belief that “close reading is … totally inappropriate as a method of studying literary history.” We need to nurture and celebrate scholars who understand the importance of historical evidence, even when that evidence is incomplete, and who also understand the subtleties of rhetorical...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 59–72.
Published: 01 April 2017
... and the English Civil War. Jean-Paul Marat also appreciatively referred to this history, and hints such as these suggest that this work was quite well known in France before the Revolution, although a French translation was not published there until 1791-92. This paper provides an overview of Macaulay's influence...