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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 54–81.
Published: 01 January 2012
... culture of theatrical celebrity. While paintings and engraved prints of actors mostly peddled a mode of celebrity that was sustained by audience applause within the theater walls, Bell’s illustrations created a parallel visibility for the performers outside the theater, which was only tenuously...
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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 (2018) 42 (3): 76–80.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Misty G. Anderson Copyright © 2018 by Duke University Press 2018 Fawcett Julia . Spectacular Disappearances: Celebrity and Privacy, 1696–1801 ( Ann Arbor : Univ. of Michigan , 2016 ). Pp. 304. $65 ...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 115–119.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Ersy Contogouris McPherson Heather . Art and Celebrity in the Age of Reynolds and Siddons ( University Park : Pennsylvania State Univ. , 2017 ). Pp. xvi + 272 . 93 ills. $89.95 Copyright © 2019 by Duke University Press 2019 R e v i e w E s s a y Eighteenth- Century Life...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (2): 24–55.
Published: 01 April 2021
... ubiquitous difficulties arising from their consensus that “fame or celebrity among us in their generation” was “the grand principle” on which biography was founded: first, how to “do justice” to a person on the basis of sources and testimonials that reflected the partisanship of a country “rent by faction...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2016
...Janine Barchas; Kristina Straub “Curating Will & Jane” provides an overview of the exhibition, Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity , opening at the Folger Shakespeare Library in August 2016. Shakespeare and Austen became literary celebrities roughly 200 years after...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 88–118.
Published: 01 April 2016
... Boswell, Esq on his Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with the celebrated Dr Johnson (1786) and Bozzy and Piozzi, or, The British Biographers, A Town Eclogue (1786), Peter critiques the tendency of Johnson's biographers to represent him not through an account of his great work, but through trivial...
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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): 43–58.
Published: 01 April 2017
... engagement with a variety of eighteenth-century discourses, all invested, in varying ways, in the age's dominant historiographical trope celebrating extant commercial society as the apogee of social development. Copyright 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Godwin St. Leon property historiography...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (3): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2013
... into Burney’s conceptions of and ruminations on authorial celebrity in old age. The narration of the Memoirs provides a compelling picture of what an aged woman author was up against in fashioning a persona in her text. Examining the complicated reception of the Memoirs also advances our discussion of Burney’s...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 28–46.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Melanie Bigold This article reconsiders the importance of antiquarian interests and research methods in the making of George Ballard’s encyclopedic biography of learned women, Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain who have been celebrated for their writings or skill in the learned languages...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 32–58.
Published: 01 January 2016
...Bradford Mudge Sir Joshua's Kitty Fisher as Cleopatra is a celebrated picture, one often taken as a representative of what are referred to as Reynolds's “courtesan portraits,” portraits of women—actresses, mistresses, models, prostitutes—who, in a variety of ways and with varying degrees...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 1–35.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Valerie Rumbold The relationship between the Spalding Gentlemen's Society (founded 1710) and Richard Steele's Tatler (1709–11) achieved its most influential commemoration in Nichols's Literary Anecdotes (1812). While there were indeed shared ideals and anxieties that aligned this celebrated example...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 56–72.
Published: 01 April 2018
... and imagined costumes for self-promotion, and to assert expertise, fashionability, and cosmopolitanism. Celebrations of James Burney’s adventures in Oceania, however, were disturbed by his recollections of violent scenes in New Zealand, which were so traumatic that he could only mention them in whispers...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 38–57.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Hal Gladfelder In the wake of the court cases that led to the clearing for publication of Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure , a handful of publishers rushed other more or less erotic eighteenth-century novels into print, eager to cash in on the new celebrity of Fanny Hill (as it was usually known...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 13–45.
Published: 01 April 2023
...William Jones William Falconer (1732–1770) suffered a catastrophic shipwreck as a young man, which became the subject of his celebrated poem The Shipwreck (1762), with revised and extended editions in 1764 and 1769. He is also the compiler of the Dictionary of the Marine which remained the standard...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (1): 1–34.
Published: 01 January 2023
...Bradford Mudge This essay postulates a field theory of the portrait, one capable of explaining both portrait objects and the forces to which they were subject. It does so not with the intention of celebrating theoretical mastery, but to facilitate three comparatively modest claims: first...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 116–134.
Published: 01 September 2021
... Tafelaufsatz—the great porcelain table centerpiece that was created in 1768 as part of a multimodal baroque celebration of Abbot Rayner Kollmann's jubilee at the Cistercian monastery of Zwettl in Lower Austria. Here the porcelain medium enabled the Cistercian brethren to argue for the continuing role...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 98–109.
Published: 01 April 2008
... is not a celebration of John- son himself, or of Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, or Tobias Smollett. It is instead a wry commentary on every man jack participating in an “epi- demical conspiracy for the destruction of paper” (Works, 2:458). If the age is “stiled” an Age of Authors, the stylization reflects...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 138–158.
Published: 01 April 2008
... the Renaissance stage included no women players, she focuses instead on tradeswomen’s economic activities as they intermesh with theater produc- tions. Here I will suggest that between 1700 and 1780, women, especially celebrated actresses, through their often invisible labor were intermedi- aries between...