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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 188–215.
Published: 01 April 2023
... to Liverpool, Rushton struggled to support himself; however, his experiences drew him to the abolitionist circles where he found intellectual community. One of his very earliest publications, The Dismember'd Empire (1782), a response to the American Revolution, draws heavily upon Thomson's “Rule Britannia...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 46–65.
Published: 01 April 2023
... with a vision of an interest-driven, warring world that fears “Britannia's Thunders”: While jarring int'rests wake the world to arms, And fright the peaceful plains, with fierce alarms; While Neptune hears Britannia's Thunders roll In vengeance, o'er the deep, from pole to pole: Declining martial strains...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 134–136.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Isabel Rivers Major Emma . Madam Britannia: Women, Church, and Nation, 1712-1812 . ( Oxford : Oxford Univ. , 2012 ). Pp. xii + 371. 36 ills . $110 Copyright 2013 by Duke University Press 2013 Review Essay Exemplary Women...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 134–165.
Published: 01 April 2023
... edition, as an esoteric work of maritime lore promoting with “georgic precision” “a vocationally particular vocabulary” does not take into account the ways in which later illustrators countered a view of the poem as a technically accurate account of “the loss of the ship Britannia .” 4 Comprehending...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 3–12.
Published: 01 April 2023
... in the East India Company, underscores the very real dangers assumed by those participating in the expansion of the British Empire. Suvir Kaul's essay, “ Britannia and the Weight of Empires Past: The Instance of Falconer's The Shipwreck ,” charts Falconer's engagement with the fate of classical empires...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 135–146.
Published: 01 April 2001
... ambassador. Wright identifies the three heroic figures in “The King’s Arms” as Britannia, Her- cules, and St. George. To start with St. George—he represents James II as the saintly protector of England and the representative of Roman vir- tue—for he is habited like...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (3): 20–45.
Published: 01 September 2004
..., solidified this image in Britain’s national mythology in his “Rule Britannia,” first printed in his 740 play, Alfred, a Masque: “Blest isle! With matchless beauty crowned, / And Manly hearts to guard the fair [italics mine]. / Rule, Britannia, rule the waves, / Britons never will be slaves”15...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 111–115.
Published: 01 January 2009
... as sentimental cult figures, and Britannia as martial and aggressive. Both authors mark the General Wolfe monument as a crucial turning point in this narrative. As we shall see, this focus on military art as simultaneously constructing both the individual and the empire is a leitmotif of this volume...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 140–159.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of machines in what he considers a Christian poem, but he explains his understanding of the greater Poetry in the preface to the 1704 Britannia Triumphans. He uses adjectives such as powerful, sound- ing, signi‰cant, alludes to the Spirit, the Passion, the Fire of such poetry, and describes it as a type...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (1): 69–91.
Published: 01 January 2004
..., 144).22 But later in the poem, we witness a Dutch reforming spirit at work, in the uncovetous, indeed sacrificial, northern translation of Prince William of Orange (“England groan’d, Britannia’s Voice was heard: / And Great Nassau to rescue her, appear’d” [ll. 844–45 who is pictured...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 114–123.
Published: 01 September 2010
... in this section include the essays published earlier, Flint’s “Speaking Objects: The Circulation of Stories in Eighteenth-­Century Prose Fiction,” and Douglas’s “Britannia’s Rule and the It-­Narrator.” The latter presents a lucid and comprehensive argument about the commodity narrative as a vehicle...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (3): 10–30.
Published: 01 September 2002
... In the eighteenth century the lure of wealth sparked armed conflicts that were supported by an elaborate ideological machinery. James Thomson’s patriotic song “Rule, Britannia” (1740) proj- ects the boundless energy of the British spirit. The rousing chorus, “Rule...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 106–133.
Published: 01 April 2023
..., But, still more violent, the tempest blows. (A, 2:105–07) More than enhancing the reality of the narrative, these headnotes heightened the awareness of time already present in A. In that poem, Falconer notes every sunrise and sunset; he tells us that the Britannia remained “Four days becalm'd...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 29–59.
Published: 01 September 2011
... his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” 21. Monuments were erected as well as toppled. In an anonymous March 8th caricature on the same subject, William Pitt, dressed as an ancient chief, with Britannia and the British Lion at his side, defends a monument to George III...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 January 2000
... characteristics of greed and lust, and requires no superhuman or supernatural elements such as “fairies and giants, flying dragons and enchanted palaces” (Gibbon’s phrase, p. 151). Certainly, a historian could choose to simply not mention Rowena at all, the tactic used by William Camden in his Britannia...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (2): 1–22.
Published: 01 April 2002
... by their parents, in every sense of the word, than boys.”16 As such, Britannia alternatively became an unloved orphan, a daughter victimized by an absolutist father, or perhaps a girl/woman tyrannized by her male governors— in other words, a protagonist of a political...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (1): 70–94.
Published: 01 January 2002
.... In January 1776, before the actual start of the American Revolution, there appeared The Female Combatants (figure 7), in which an elegantly garbed Britannia, standing for obedience and with her compass pointing to the (Lord) North, is in combat with a bare-breasted, tattooed...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (1): 17–28.
Published: 01 January 2001
... that during the Societies’ heyday from the 1690s to around 1730 there were two intercontinental wars, blame for the fall from an ideal manliness was laid outside the British Isles’ door; corruption was a plague emanating from outside the fortress-isle of Britannia. In a leap...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 89–95.
Published: 01 September 2017
... on stage between 1660 and 1700; Ezell’s groundbreaking work on manuscript circu- lation required her to read hundreds of forgotten manuscripts; and books like Britannia’s Issue, Weinbrot’s wise and compelling revisionist history of later eighteenth-century literature, depend on reading that is both...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 37–43.
Published: 01 January 2009
... to the store of possibility here, not only offering a more sophisticated understanding of how Virgil and Ovid feature in the poem, but making a fascinating case for the centrality of Camden’s Britannia and Drayton’s Poly-Olbion as well as the more obvious influences of Spenser, Denham, Cowley, Milton...