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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 57–88.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., and Repairs to Literary History: The Examples of Fielding and Richardson Howard D. Weinbrot University of Wisconsin, Madison Historical criticism has a long ancestry with many variations and modes of proceeding. In the nature of things, some of those...
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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 (2024) 48 (2): 26–53.
Published: 01 April 2024
... culture” in the period. Understanding these responses can help us reassess the history of literary criticism as it was shaped by these poems’ efforts to delineate the inhumanities of the slave trade. christopher.chan@ugent.be Copyright 2024 by Duke University Press 2024 antislavery poetry...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 217–235.
Published: 01 January 2024
... book is relatively sparse, including several dozen entries made over an eight‐year period, it illuminates a profound curiosity about the figurative affordances of commonplace books. In the Essays upon Epitaphs , his longest and most sustained work of literary criticism, Wordsworth develops a deeply...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 21–50.
Published: 01 January 2013
... doctorate in divinity from St. Andrews, courtesy of a new patron, the philosopher poet and critic James Beattie, Blacklock enjoyed what was effectively a “second career,” lasting until his death in 1791, as a literary journalist, scholarly essayist, translator, song- writer, and pedagogue. Burns...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 33–54.
Published: 01 September 2015
... been admitted into the classroom is another question). Similarly, critics have at times explored the panegyric passages that punctuate Restoration and early eighteenth-century satires. But where satire in this period has also garnered broader critical consideration as a literary mode...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 89–95.
Published: 01 September 2017
... that the mon- etary record renders her reading impossible. • Among many striking features of Professor Ezell’s paper is her account of being trained by both historians and literary scholars, and if we are to improve the practice of historical criticism, we shall surely...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 April 2015
... be identified with either. Instead, Macartney adopts a skeptical, self-conscious position with regard to his diplomatic and intellectual limitations in dealing with the Qing. Critical analysis of his narrative’s literary qualities, as well as manuscripts in the Charles W. Wason Collection at Cornell University...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (1): 79–108.
Published: 01 January 2022
... projects of historicizing the associations between women writers and theorizing the gender of aesthetic production. Copyright 2022 by Duke University Press 2022 eighteenth-century women poets Genesis revision feminist literary history second-wave feminism feminist literary criticism...
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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
... Shakespeare, 121). On Walpole’s ongoing critical scuffle with Voltaire, especially over Shakespeare, see Stein, “Walpole and Shakespeare,” 59  –  ­64. 40. For a discussion of how the Gothic appropriation of Shakespearean materials complicates emerging notions of literary hierarchy in this period...
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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 (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 (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 (2000) 24 (3): 103–111.
Published: 01 September 2000
... utterances of advocates might be to ask too much of them. “Does [my book] have any effect upon what was or could be thought? Or have I remained an unregenerate literary critic, concerned only to squeeze texts until they yield a drop or two of inconsequential ambiguity?” (p...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 216–220.
Published: 01 January 2011
... books under review, all on the eighteenth-­ and nineteenth-­century reception of Shakespeare, together show some of the diversity that modern critics bring to investigating literary afterlives. They are unmistakably a product of Anglo-­American training, even if one of the authors, Stuart...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 112–122.
Published: 01 September 2012
... that disciplines influenced by critical theory have been loath to admit. In short, humans have evolved to be interested in social information, and the novel thrived as a literary form because it bested all other genres in deliv- ering such information when it was perceived as vital. And it does not mat...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (1): 28–51.
Published: 01 January 2003
..., but his comments hold true for research on other prose forms. Consider the volume on the eighteenth century in the recently pub- lished Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.3 The editors group chapters around the genres of poetry, drama, prose fiction, history, biography...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 119–124.
Published: 01 January 2013
... contexts, and Johnson’s thinking about literature that has been published recently. Much like the Oxford edition, Yale is content to take Jean Hagstrum’s Samuel Johnson’s Literary Criticism (1952), Lawrence Lipking’s Ordering of the Arts in Eighteenth-Century England (1970), and other works...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 138–143.
Published: 01 January 2009
...      13 9 a sociocultural issue. In a welcome return to literary interest, Newman exam- ines the genre as a collective and traditional form that has elicited perennial consideration by critics and scholars. Newman’s book reveals the under-acknowledged importance of the ballad in English...