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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 68–80.
Published: 01 April 2008
...Clive Probyn Duke University Press 2008 R Blindness and Insight: The World, the Text (of  Jonathan Swift), and the Criticism of Edward Said Clive Probyn Monash University...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 20–56.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Robert D. Hume This essay asks us to rethink the evidentiary basis for the claims we make in historical scholarship and criticism. How certain can we be of what we think we know? What evidence do we have, and can it be tested or otherwise verified? Many biographical questions cannot be answered...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 57–88.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Howard D. Weinbrot Like other earlier authors, Fielding and Richardson place culturally shared “codes” in their texts and exploit those codes for their readers' instruction and delight. The historical critic uses multiple approaches to reclaim what our ancestors knew and what can enlarge modern...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 89–95.
Published: 01 September 2017
...James A. Winn The essays printed here all make the case for historical criticism in reasonable and persuasive terms. Professor Weinbrot's paper shows how recovering the meaning that classical allusions, formal word order, and particular loaded phrases had for their original audiences makes us...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (2): 43–64.
Published: 01 April 2000
...David Fairer The College of William & Mary 2000 43 Historical Criticism and the English Canon: A Spenserian Dispute in the 1750s The recent surge of interest in how a concept of the English...
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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 (2009) 33 (3): 105–126.
Published: 01 September 2009
... with those of literary criticism. Taxonomic concerns with fixity and dynamism, with order and hybridity, permeated Seward's critical endeavors, which were central to her literary reputation. It is my contention that Seward's thinking about literary imitation was shaped by a belief in fixed biological forms...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2012
...Ashley Marshall The “Defoe” to be found in the major modern biographies and the criticism of the last four decades is a radically different person and writer from earlier Defoes. Although the notion of a “constructed” author is by now an over-worked cliché, Defoe represents an especially...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 21–50.
Published: 01 January 2013
...” that confirmed him to abandon his plans to emigrate and try his poetic fortunes in Edinburgh. But while this story has often been recounted, scant critical attention has been paid to Burns’s reflection that “the Doctor belonged to a set of Critics whose applause I had not even dared to hope.” The lack...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 April 2015
...Greg Clingham Sir George Macartney’s British embassy to the court of the Qiánlóng emperor in 1792-94 was a political and commercial failure. This essay seeks to think critically about Macartney’s failure as it pertains to his journal—the posthumously published Journal of an Embassy from the King...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 16–33.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Kate Fullagar The belated European rediscovery of the Pacific helped to test, modify, extend, or otherwise realize the critical, collecting, and conjecturing ethos of the Enlightenment. Whether official philosophers or not, voyagers found in the “new” space of the Pacific more data about...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 34–50.
Published: 01 September 2021
... as a missed opportunity to rebuild the city in a grander, more magnificent manner. For these critics, London's built environment did little to stake the nation's claims to polite refinement and cultural prestige. Such concerns became especially pressing in the wake of Britain's victories in the Seven Years...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 88–115.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Amir Minsky The emergent political arena of the late eighteenth century, and the literary one that preceded it, were claimed to be based upon a functional dichotomy between a private sphere of emotive ties and associations, and a “public sphere” of rational criticism (Habermas, 1962...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (1): 56–72.
Published: 01 January 2010
... focused on distinguishing truth from fiction; sometimes, he has been cited as a reliable witness, and often he has been criticized for his apparent fabrications and exaggerations. This essay proposes an alternative approach to questions of truthfulness by focusing instead on how Exquemelin himself...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (2): 65–82.
Published: 01 April 2010
...William Gibbons The magician Zoroastro plays a critical role in Handel's opera Orlando (1733). He opens the first act with a dramatic monologue, keeps the hero Orlando from wreaking too much havoc in his madness, and eventually brings the opera to a peaceful conclusion. Despite his importance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 60–80.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Leith Davis As the first published anthology of Scottish poetry, the Choice Collection of Comic and Serious Scots Poems has long been regarded as a milestone in Scottish literary history. But acknowledgments of the Choice Collection 's importance have historically been coupled with criticisms about...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 January 2012
.... The essay argues that Walpole’s selective use of Shakespearean materials is symptomatic of an eighteenth-century ambivalence towards the use of death as spectacle, an ambivalence that manifests itself in the critical dispute over the stage corpse. The analysis of this dispute reveals two contradictory...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 1–30.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Lance Bertelsen John Singleton Copley’s The Death of the Earl of Chatham has been discussed extensively by art historians, but little critical attention has been paid to written accounts of the debate between the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Chatham nor the process by which they evolved...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 26–52.
Published: 01 April 2013
... with telegraphic technology, boasting of the speed and accuracy of its transmission of news. the Telegraph ’s reception from its rival publications perpetuates this metaphorical connection: the ministerial press criticizes the speed of the paper’s transmission of news, as much as the principles it transmits...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 73–88.
Published: 01 April 2017
... nineteenth-century domesticity. I wish to reexamine this question and argue for Female Biography being continuous with feminist thought by reading it as a critical response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile (1763). Rousseau's restrictive ideal of female education was widely repudiated by 1790s feminist...