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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 (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 (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 (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 (2022) 46 (2): 113–142.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Yael Shapira In 1795, novelist Isabella Kelly (ca. 1759–1857) sent a plea for financial help to Warren Hastings (1732–1818), the first British governor-general of India, who had known her late father-in-law. Six years later, her Minerva Press novel Ruthinglenne, or, the Critical Moment (1801...
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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 (2022) 46 (1): 56–78.
Published: 01 January 2022
...David Francis Taylor Much recent criticism of Joseph Addison's Cato (1713) regards the tragedy as determinedly resistant to its eponymous protagonist's stoic heroism. Cato , it is argued, critiques Cato. But this wasn't how Addison's immediate contemporaries experienced the play. For many...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 217–235.
Published: 01 January 2024
...Alexis Chema In this essay, I will analyze William Wordsworth's commonplace book, DC MS26, alongside his poetic and critical statements on the idea of the commonplace in order to reevaluate his stance on book reading, especially on the role of books in rural life. Although his actual commonplace...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 1–27.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Leah Orr Critics have long discussed the conversion narrative in the first Crusoe volume as being a paradigm of an individual’s journey from sin to salvation. In the latter two volumes, however, Crusoe questions his initial conversion and eventually rejects his peaceful conclusions from volume 1...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 28–46.
Published: 01 April 2014
..., arts and sciences (1752). Ballard has a contested legacy in women’s literary history: many critics draw attention to the exemplary bias in his collection and question his rhetorical aims. However, this article presents new manuscript evidence suggesting that Ballard’s initial research for the project...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 18–62.
Published: 01 January 2014
... engaged in their own interpretations of Smollett. Their images often criticize the texts they illustrate, and the readings they generate are alternative interpretive possibilities that the illustrators presumably deemed valid. While some of the passages chosen for illustration contribute to Smollett’s...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Adam Komisaruk Critics from the eighteenth century to the present have largely agreed in portraying Erasmus Darwin as an apostle of sexual liberation. One of Darwin’s career-long themes, that erotic love unifies the visible universe and the invisible, reaches its apotheosis in The Botanic Garden...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 30–65.
Published: 01 April 2015
... the metaphysical and empirical implications of specular display. It further reveals how mirrors functioned as cultural touchstones in critical debates over the correlation between morals and manners, authenticity and facsimile, ideal imitation and original expression, and how they thus provide fresh contextual...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 33–54.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Noelle Dückmann Gallagher This essay reflects on the critical fortunes of Restoration panegyric. It argues that while panegyric literature held a prominent position in Restoration and eighteenth-century culture, its features—especially its frequent use of figures like apostrophe and prosopopoeia...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 84–107.
Published: 01 January 2016
...Laura Tallon This essay seeks to expand our understanding of ekphrasis and its dynamics by analyzing the poetry of Anne Finch. In the standard model constructed by critics from the eighteenth century to the present, ekphrasis represents a contest between poetry and visual art that applies...