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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (2): 83–95.
Published: 01 April 2007
...: Univ. of Delaware, 2005). Pp. 417. $40. ISBN 0-87413-874-4 Duke University Press 2007 Review Essay Reconfi guring the Idea of Eighteenth-Century Literature in a New Epoch: Moving from the Augustan to the Menippean...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Jennifer Milam; Nicola Parsons Copyright 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 • Ideas and Enlightenment Jennifer Milam & Nicola Parsons University of Sydney Eighteenth-century studies has a long...
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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 (2021) 45 (3): 178–196.
Published: 01 September 2021
.... As this exploration shows, both the sublime and habit were seen as capable of creating a second nature, and prominent writers connected habit, practice, or repetition to the sublime. Equally, however, there are points of friction between the aesthetic of the sublime and philosophies of habit, especially in the idea...
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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 (2016) 40 (3): 36–67.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Baretti used Montesquieu's theory to conceptualize relationships between music, audience, and environment. They were drawn to Montesquieu not simply because his political ideas were popular, but also because his thought was directly engaged with midcentury concerns about music's power over the body, its...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 60–79.
Published: 01 April 2012
... to imagine and promote an idea of civil society governed by norms of a benevolent “politeness.” One function of the new culture of politeness was to reconcile readers to the massive increase in military activity. This essay will explore the process of reconciliation in the two most influential periodicals...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 111–142.
Published: 01 April 2012
... an idea of nature as full of wonders to one in which nature is a treasure-house of loot and knowledge. Whereas the Restoration had embraced the new definition of a scholar-collector as a gentleman who contributed to the public good, by the midcentury, collectors seemed self-absorbed and deluded. Yet...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 72–96.
Published: 01 January 2013
..., presented as moderator of a dialogue. I argue that, for Shaftesbury, the special problems of recognizing a socially useful enthusiasm and employing it well were closely tied to ethical concerns about the culture of the philosopher’s character. These concerns led Shaftesbury to illustrate his own ideas about...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Gillian Skinner The idea that Burney features in her own journals and letters as a novelistic heroine is something that readers over the years have noted and attributed variously to straightforward egotism or to a need for compensation. In this article, I read narrative performances Burney produced...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 63–92.
Published: 01 January 2014
... in popularity that The Spectator suffered later. The papers’ very success in diffusing its anecdotes throughout popular consciousness in the eighteenth century meant the stories that originally had the force of new insights into human nature came to be regarded as mere illustrations of archaic ideas about men...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 212–235.
Published: 01 January 2015
..., this analysis suggests that the idea of assimilation is too simplistic to capture the experiences of middle-class Irish migrants in London. Unpacking the histories of Johnson’s thoughts about himself, and of the ways other writers represented him, demonstrates that Johnson could not reject his Irish past...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 119–135.
Published: 01 April 2016
...Peter M. Briggs Dunton's journalistic Athenian Mercury and his proto-novel A Voyage Round the World , both from 1691, imply through their strategies of presentation significantly different ideas of authorship. Experimenting with a participatory format that paired readers' questions on a variety...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 105–136.
Published: 01 April 2019
... shall discuss eighteenth-century representations of female power in ancient Europe, with the resulting clashes of ideas on sex and gender. I shall proceed to a discussion of dramatic treatments of Druidic wisdom, focusing on Elfrida (1752) and Caractacus (1759) by William Mason (1725–97), and conclude...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 74–97.
Published: 01 January 2020
..., indignantly satirical reworking of the Good Samaritan parable at Walpole’s expense. I conclude with reflections on how Walpole and Chatterton’s disagreement affected later ideas of charity for impoverished authors, and on the ways in which individual charitable practices might be said to influence literary...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 51–74.
Published: 01 September 2020
... mobility with his subsequent settlement(s), while concurrently encoding ideas about law, enmity, and sovereignty into geographic constructions. In Defoe’s space, theory and practice of empire are intermeshed. As I shall argue, Defoe’s representations of his hero’s achievements—both Crusoe’s astute...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 165–191.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Amanda Vickery Religion and the Georgian world of goods are rarely discussed in tandem. The modern history of consumerism is secular in conceptualization. The booming literature on the Georgian world of goods has engaged only glancingly with religious ideas. A series of prejudices about...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 21–46.
Published: 01 January 2021
... versions and with what those changes might tell us about shifts in expectations of fiction readers between 1726 and 1740. It also examines how later critics have responded to the story to demonstrate that ideas about credibility are relative and socially determined. While narrative theory generally argues...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 January 2021
..., and 130 — reveals that the baronet’s work as a justice of the peace stimulates Mr. Spectator’s moral development. Sir Roger’s intimate relationships with his inferiors and his quasi-familial approach to problem-solving challenge Mr. Spectator’s worldview, allowing Addison and Steele to express their ideas...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 197–212.
Published: 01 September 2021
... in common, they are both concerned with ideas of literary preservation and loss, on the one hand, and cultural progress and decline, on the other, that helped to establish the poetic miscellany as a key print genre of the Enlightenment. His “romantic wildness” and “true spirit of chivalry” recall...