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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 28–49.
Published: 01 January 2024
... 2024 reading print manuscript literacy material text “So from a schoolboy I became a plowboy, from a plowboy to an Exciseman, from an Exciseman a Maltster, from a Maltster to an almost nothing except a Schoolmaster, so that I might be called the tennis ball of fortune.” 1 John Cannon's...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 56–72.
Published: 01 April 2018
... Cook between 1772 and 1780. What the family called “Jemm’s Otaehitie Merchandize” included material objects, but also social connections, texts, and knowledge. This article outlines how these were used by James and Frances, their cousin Edward Francisco Burney, and Hester Thrale, to create real...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 159–182.
Published: 01 January 2024
... examines the multimedia nature of the items that Forbes collected, noting his own focus on the materiality of the texts he copied out. The third section considers Forbes's use of the manuscript genre for the storage, curation, and retrieval of information. I conclude by examining how Forbes's project...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 January 2020
..., Samwell described Hawaiians surfing six- to seven-foot “alaias” on the “great swell rolling into the Bay,” and in March 1779, King recorded his version of the same event, but neither text was published until 1967. In 1784, King published a significantly revised and expanded version of the scene...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (2): 111–135.
Published: 01 April 2020
...Luisa Calè In “A Friendly Gathering: The Social Politics of Presentation Books and their Extra-Illustration in Horace Walpole’s Circle,” Lucy Peltz plays with the technical and metaphorical senses of “gathering” to reflect on the materiality and sociability of altered books in the Strawberry Hill...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 123–143.
Published: 01 September 2022
... of the eighteenth century. 11. David A. Brewer, Material Texts: The Afterlife of Character, 1726 – 1825 (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2011), 78. 12. Henri Bergson, “Laughter,” in Comedy , ed. Wylie Sypher (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ., 1956), 59 – 190; the quotation is from 69. 13...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2011
... as an author.9 Likewise, he could not save the present. All tended toward decay; books rotted like flesh. The key to reaching posterity, if it could be reached at all, lay outside the material remnants of writing. Pope, on the other hand, believed that new texts, composed with a genius like...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 236–261.
Published: 01 January 2024
... process. 33 When we transcribe the letters to create plain-text files for computational analysis, we must then make various decisions about how to divide and organize the materials. Should we treat each letter as a document, or each group of letters? Should we use the library's biographical...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 111–114.
Published: 01 September 2014
..., 1762–1763 was first published over sixty years ago, and for a number of reasons—not the least of which is the great advance in Boswell studies—it is time for a new edition. This now famous text, a unique example of a twentieth-century classic written in the eighteenth cen- tury, is now presented...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (2): 1–16.
Published: 01 April 2020
... edition at the cost of a complex media economy that engaged with literature and promoted cultural literacy. This media economy includes a hitherto largely uncharted literary material culture that thrived throughout the second half of the eighteenth century. It reflected the popularity of texts...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 105–110.
Published: 01 April 2015
... the manuscript versions of prose sagas and verse romances come first in time with oral variants appearing subsequently, or did the manuscript texts reflect material already circulating orally? Henigan envisages an intertwining of the literate strand, represented by the monastic schools, with elite oral...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (1): 99–101.
Published: 01 January 2008
... collection of primary materials related to the Pamela phenomenon. In this follow-up, a critical study that ana- lyzes some of that material and even situates it in a longer and deeper tradition, the authors have once again made a vital contribution to scholarly knowledge about the Pamela craze as well...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 102–106.
Published: 01 January 2014
... involvement in a messy midcentury world of professional authorship in which originality consisted in altering, translating, and reworking preexist- ing materials. The texts in question are The Case of the Unfortunate Bosavern Penlez (1749); the Case of Catherine Vizzani (1751), which translates and com...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 18–38.
Published: 01 April 2011
... different expectations — of the familiarity and repetition common to oral traditions, for instance — for enjoying books. In their reading and, in turn, in the materials designed largely for their consumption, plebeian readers inhabited texts originally from and for a culture and class of which...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 148–152.
Published: 01 January 2009
...Giulia Pacini Natania Meeker. Voluptuous Philosophy: Literary Materialism in the French Enlightenment (New York: Fordham Univ., 2006). Pp. 310. $60. ISBN 0-8232-2696-4 Elena Russo. Styles of Enlightenment: Taste, Politics, and Authorship in Eighteenth-Century France (Baltimore: Johns...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 28–46.
Published: 01 April 2014
... as “bookmaking out of the remains of the dead,” and Bal- lard’s text and archive present an opportunity to explore the ways in which textuality and materiality contributed to life-­writing in the middle of the eighteenth century.18 Encyclopedic Biography Isabel Rivers has discussed the importance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (1): 108–113.
Published: 01 January 2000
..., and survey texts useful for undergraduate teaching. The authors consist both of well-published historians as well as young scholars reworking their dissertations. The Press has managed to keep a grip on the rising cost of producing illustrated art books through its streamlined editorial process...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 133–137.
Published: 01 September 2012
... will in one of the major texts of the Lucretian/Epicurean revival of the later seventeenth-­ century, Thomas Creech’s 1682 translation of Lucretius’ first-century BC poem, De rerum natura. Lucretius, Kramnick shows, attempts to affirm an atomistic materialism by which consciousness emerges from...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (3): 76–84.
Published: 01 September 2007
..., there is in the Lives a sense of writing in or from the fragmented margins to create the material for a possible knowledge of the literary past, one whose historical fab- ric is stitched together from off cuts and shreds. The form of this new edition projects the Lives as a deconstructable text that usefully...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 114–123.
Published: 01 September 2010
...” in their titles, convey the notion that material objects themselves rather than the human subjects who own, desire, or describe them, emanate the nameless charisma that seduced consumers throughout eighteenth-­century England. Eighteenth-Century Life Volume 34...