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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (3): 94–102.
Published: 01 September 2001
...Alan J. Barnard The College of William & Mary 2001 –– Review Essay — Anthropology, Race, and Englishness: Changing Notions of Complexion and Character Miriam Claude Meijer. Race and Aesthetics in the Anthropology...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (2): 23–48.
Published: 01 April 2003
... of character in eighteenth- century historical writing, despite its obvious importance for historians, readers, and critics alike. This is partly because of a lingering sense that historical characterization was a strained, artificial, and self-consciously lit- erary ornament, consisting of labored...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (2): 96–107.
Published: 01 April 2003
... accept, in broad outline, the coherence of his Critical approach. The ad hominen character of Kant’s reply to Feder and Garve was not untypical of his general attitude towards criticism. For instance, Kant’s response to Tiedemann, who questioned the characterization of 7 + 5 = 12 as synthetic...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 129–132.
Published: 01 January 2013
... characterization of Rousseau’s and the revolutionaries’ rhetoric “is an accurate assessment, it allows Burke to define the positive and practical ends of his own 132  Eighteenth-Century Life rhetoric of character” (193). Such claims reveal how determined Bullard is to defend the ethical status of Burke’s...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (3): 81–88.
Published: 01 September 2018
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 72–96.
Published: 01 January 2013
... the dialogic personal practice of philosophy with the characters of three modern Socratics, producing an aestheticized theory of enthusiastic self-characterization in which the philosopher can only perform “true enthusiasm” by multiplying himself into different characters. Copyright 2012 by Duke University...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 76–104.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Laura J. Rosenthal While appreciating the author’s skill, critics have nevertheless characterized John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure as little more than a string of pornographic vignettes held together with the barest of plots and populated by superficial characters mechanically...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 52–82.
Published: 01 September 2022
... characterization was evidently not high on his list of desiderata. What comes across in the music may at times be something else again. Winton Dean calls the libretto of Atalanta “slight and artificial,” and says flatly that “the characters are flimsy abstractions,” but also says (truly, in my opinion...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 36–67.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Keith Johnston Montesquieu's climatological theory of character played an important role in English musical criticism in the third quarter of the eighteenth century and helped form an intellectual basis for an English critique of Italian comic opera in the sentimental mode. Critics like Joseph...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 28–57.
Published: 01 January 2018
... was to reinforce national traditions through her arts and stir pride for them in her plays. Simultaneously, her themes and characters demonstrate that England’s future strength as a center of empire depended upon the talents of those formerly marginalized—in particular, provincials and women artists. This essay...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 105–121.
Published: 01 April 2017
.... A fruitful way of examining this issue is by focusing on the figure of the shoemaker, a character who often appears in popular culture as a noisy, irreverent, and vigorous defender of liberty. Scholars have long associated the proverbial political radicalism of shoemakers with occupational qualities...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 139–153.
Published: 01 April 2017
... to escapism. And in the medical literature of convict transportation, this characterization sometimes intersects with another, specifically pathological, impression: the Irish, on account of their “habits” and “character,” appeared uniquely predisposed to scurvy. This essay explains how this intersection...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 76–101.
Published: 01 April 2011
... as needed. 13 Moreover, a well-­written character could achieve a signifi- cant forward momentum. Sketches often started with a paradox or puzzle- ment to draw the reader in; the character in question presented a problem to be solved. For example, Ward began his characterization of a pettifog- ging...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 85–103.
Published: 01 April 2013
... as a scapegoat for the deeply flawed institution of marriage itself. The courtship narrative rewrites several aspects of conventional clandestine marriage plots, such as stock male characters, lengthy debates between love and duty, climactic wedding scenes, and punitive conclusions. The economic plot, featuring...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., represented particularly by the Society of Dilettanti, which researched the sacramental character of sexuality in the pagan world. I argue, however, that such work more often perpetuated an ideology of sexual restraint than of freedom. The antiquarians discerned two different myths of Eros: that of the divine...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 30–63.
Published: 01 September 2014
... by drama and fiction was by gaining positive, firsthand experience of the lives of individuals within London’s Jewish community. Ironically, however, in depicting Jewish characters, she relied almost entirely on the representations of Jews offered by books. The inspiration for Harrington had been...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 37–64.
Published: 01 September 2009
... three editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1768-71, 1777-84, 1788-97). In these five works, I have located 121 articles in which Johnson is mentioned or quoted as an authority; by giving a sense of the character of his presence, the essay traces the evolution of his reputation. The essay also draws...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 58–83.
Published: 01 January 2018
... of cruel hosts. The article argues that women novelists popularized toadeaters as a sympathetic character to push back against the satire of the dependent guest, draw attention to women’s precarious social standing, and seek improvements through more ethical hospitality exchanges. Copyright © 2018 Duke...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 56–72.
Published: 01 April 2018
...Ruth Scobie In the world of Frances Burney’s fiction, the South Seas do not seem to exist. Burney’s characters do not discuss the latest discoveries, read accounts of Pacific islands, dine with Oceanic natives, or admire, collect, or copy curiosities from Tahiti, New Zealand, or Hawaii. Yet members...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 29–37.
Published: 01 April 2019
... to the physical health of its characters, such as Fanny’s mild smallpox in childhood, Mr. Norbert’s “flimsy consumptive texture,” and Mr. Crofts’s aggressive sexual impotence. We see these facets of the novel as being consistent with Cleland’s regular concern, evident from his letters, for the health of his...