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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 106–110.
Published: 01 January 2009
...David Hill Radcliffe Scott Black. Of Essays and Reading in Early Modern Britain (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Pp. 193. $65 ISBN 1-4039-9905-8 Duke University Press 2008 Review Essay Less Is More: The Modernity...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (2): 65–84.
Published: 01 April 2000
...William Walker The College of William & Mary 2000 65 Ideology and Addison’s Essays on the Pleasures of the Imagination One of the dominant practices in contemporary eighteenth-century...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
...Robert A. Erickson The essay examines Pope's entire poetic career under the aspect of rapture, in all its many connotations and contexts. Though Pope's early amatory poems and his later satire are usually considered in isolation from each other, this essay explores their common preoccupation...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 39–75.
Published: 01 April 2011
...Helen E. M. Brooks This essay examines the ways marriage could function both to the benefit and detriment of an actress's professional activities and agency. It argues that an astute marital decision might support and promote an ambitious actress's future on the stage, largely through integrating...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 162–187.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Simon Stern This essay discusses John Cleland’s novel The Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748–49), better known as Fanny Hill ), in the context of eighteenth-century obscenity law and the law of search and seizure. To explain why obscenity could have been treated as a criminal offense at all...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (2): 24–55.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Eve Tavor Bannet This essay outlines the comprehensive theory of “modern” eighteenth-century biography that was articulated throughout the century in the often lengthy prefaces to collections of lives, disseminated in periodical essays, and applied in reviews to stand-alone lives. This theory...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Lesley Thulin In Deformity: An Essay (1754), William Hay offers an autobiographical account of his life as a hunchbacked member of the House of Commons, followed by an appendix, titled “My Case,” which details an experimental health regimen he adopted to treat the more quotidian ailment of chronic...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 37–64.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Paul Tankard Samuel Johnson was interested in encyclopedias, and in his own lifetime, encyclopedias were interested in him. This essay examines five eighteenth-century encyclopedias: Rees's revision of Chambers' Cyclopaedia (1778-86), Kippis's revised Biographia Britannica (1777-93), and the first...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 29–59.
Published: 01 September 2011
...Bradford Mudge Situating a reading of Henry Angelo and the English “love of portraiture” between an anxiety about monuments and history on one side and an anxiety about money and fiction on the other, this essay argues for an appreciation of Angelo's Reminiscences that moves past individual...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 January 2012
...Yael Shapira This essay considers the limited presence of the dead body in Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto . The near absence of gory death from the novella is striking, given both its intensive borrowing from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and its status as the founding work of the Gothic tradition...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 166–187.
Published: 01 April 2023
...Jamie M. Bolker This essay explores how William Falconer's A Universal Dictionary of the Marine exemplifies the “rhetoric of the sea,” which operates according to an inclusive approach to maritime knowledge, which maritime authors adopted in an effort to translate into writing a unique, physical...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 47–74.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Brian Michael Norton This essay approaches Enlightenment theories of happiness through three forgotten but once highly popular treatises: John Norris’s An Idea of Happiness (1683), Thomas Nettleton’s A Treatise on Virtue and Happiness (1742), and James Harris’s “Concerning Happiness: A Dialogue...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 41–65.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Helen Burke This essay analyzes the Irish jokes that circulated in London in the 1680s, paying particular attention to those that emanated from the stage and from the two earliest Irish joke books, Bog Witticisms; or, Dear Joy’s Common-Places (1682) and Teagueland Jests, or Bogg-Witticisms (1690...
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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...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 January 2017
.... Modern critics, such as Dustin Griffin (1986), have explored how Milton's poetry influenced writers in the succeeding century, yet its appropriation in miscellaneous publications remains largely unexplored. This essay analyzes the history of Milton's reception in the period 1700-1800 through his...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Nora Gilbert This essay seeks to explore the pivotal role that female rebellion, refusal, and flight played in both the rise of the novel and the rise of modern feminism. To make my case for the ideological and narratological importance of what I am referring to as the “runaway-woman plot,” I...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 105–121.
Published: 01 April 2017
... such as the sedentary nature of their work. More recently, critical discussion has disclosed how this proclivity for political activity was reinforced by an aggressive masculine identity, productive of misogyny as well as sociability. Drawing on popular cultural sources, from ballads to chapbooks, this essay revises...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 140–159.
Published: 01 September 2020
...John Richardson This essay examines how poetry of the American Revolution contributed to the broader tradition of Anglophone war poetry through the “private sublime,” which would start as a minor and relatively unknown development, but eventually become one of the primary modes of depicting war...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Hilary Teynor Donatini Sir Roger de Coverley, representative of the landed gentry in The Spectator , is typically read as a lovable, old-fashioned eccentric and comic object. Closer attention to the series of essays set in and around Sir Roger’s Worcestershire estate — especially numbers 117, 122...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 21–50.
Published: 01 January 2013
... of an adequate biography of Blacklock has meant that the significance of his complex cultural positioning for Burns still generates equivocation. This essay considers why, as an established member of Edinburgh’s polite literary culture, Blacklock was drawn to vernacular verse. It reconstructs the contexts...