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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 30–51.
Published: 01 September 2022
... within the court of King George III and Queen Charlotte in the 1780s at Windsor by narrating the parallels between her life and the lives of the royals, the points of intersection between them, and the material exchanges with them that enhance her status in society and emphasize her centrality in her...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (3): 225–245.
Published: 01 September 2002
...John Patrick Greene The College of William & Mary 2002 ECL26314-Greene.q4.jw.SH 3/25/03 3:38 PM Page 225 French Encounters with Material Culture of the South Pacific...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 96–115.
Published: 01 January 2017
...John McTague This article begins with a literary and material analysis of two instances of post- and intra-publication censorship in Poems on Affairs of State, vol. 4 (1707), and The Foundling Hospital for Wit (1743, 1744). As well as illuminating the climate in which political materials were read...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 January 2012
.... The essay argues that Walpole’s selective use of Shakespearean materials is symptomatic of an eighteenth-century ambivalence towards the use of death as spectacle, an ambivalence that manifests itself in the critical dispute over the stage corpse. The analysis of this dispute reveals two contradictory...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 56–72.
Published: 01 April 2018
... of Burney’s family, as inhabitants of a late eighteenth-century London saturated by the exotic, participated in all these activities. They had particular interest in, as well as privileged access to, Oceanic material, through Frances’s brother James, a naval officer who traveled on two expeditions with James...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 165–191.
Published: 01 September 2020
...? This essay brings two often disconnected schools of historical inquiry into conversation, through an exploration of the spiritual and material for two devout female Anglicans: Katherine Plymley (1758–1829) and Anna Larpent (1758–1832). It charts the negotiation of material ambivalence and the performance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 116–134.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Matthew Martin The mastery of a hard-paste porcelain technology in Dresden in 1708 was a major natural philosophical achievement for the European Enlightenment. From the outset, the material possessed a representative function at the Saxon court, where it served to promote the power and cultural...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 158–178.
Published: 01 January 2017
...Adam Rounce This article looks at the reception of a number of seventeenth-century poets in the eighteenth century, using the materials in the Digital Miscellanies Index (DMI). It considers whether the existing reception narrative of the relative neglect of John Donne and George Herbert during...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2012
... problematic case. Dryden, Pope, and Fielding as we now conceive them are constructions built on the basis of relatively clear (if not uncontested) materials; the evidence we possess about them is open to varying interpretations, but we have a considerable amount to work with. More than any other major...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 53–84.
Published: 01 April 2013
... Pocket Atlas, The Polite Repository , and Le Souvenir ) in some detail to facilitate an understanding of how the genre developed in the nineteenth century. It will focus, in particular, on these annuals’ illustrative material and the ways in which pocket diaries promoted cultural improvement. Copyright...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 January 2014
... that, rather than fueling escapist fantasy, allowed her to reflect on practical problems of conduct. In particular, to see her concern about the nature of her relationships with male courtiers as evidence of compensation is to overlook its material importance to a woman of Burney’s rank, upbringing...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2014
... these antiquarians helps bring into relief his own anxieties about the way that raw sexuality, and raw matter in general, challenges a unitary vision of the cosmos. For Darwin, the Portland Vase ultimately becomes a fetish—a mystification of the material realities not only of sexual desire but also of industries...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 41–65.
Published: 01 January 2015
... of that population during that period, documenting its resilience and energy as it mapped itself onto the landscape of that city. To recover this information, however, requires a different mode of reading, one that focuses on the “ground,” or background detail of the joke, rather than its “figure,” the material...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 131–154.
Published: 01 January 2015
... spanned both sides of the Irish Sea. Its particular focus is on the experience of Irish investors in the South Sea Company, before, during, and after the famous stock-market bubble of 1720. Drawing on a variety of source materials, including private correspondence, exchange-rate data, and banking ledgers...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2016
... reflect, as literary-scholars-turned-curators, on what they learned about how material culture produces and records celebrity when the objects of study range beyond standard printed artifacts. Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Shakespeare Austen curating celebrity exhibition...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (1): 99–124.
Published: 01 January 2019
.... Specifically, I will examine the relationship between literary lutes and the natural world, charting the shifts from Neoplatonic notions of musica mundana , to the dendrological seventeenth-century understanding of material origins, to the descriptive conventions associated with the warbling of neoclassical...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 January 2020
... of the sublime. In the final two contexts, I suggest the metaphorical and material relationship of the scenes to King’s famous description of Cook’s death in A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and to Samwell’s equally famous response in A Narrative of the Death of Captain Cook (1786). Eighteenth- Century Life Volume...
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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 (2020) 44 (3): 119–139.
Published: 01 September 2020
... with the landowning classes, and who desired socially appropriate positions for her children, such horrors had to be set against the material opportunities made available by war. In both cases the representation of sympathy for the victims of war provides a way out of the moral impasse they encounter. Eighteenth...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 197–212.
Published: 01 September 2021
..., the paratext is busy and noisy, an alternative space in the miscellany through which the collection's antiquarian character is expressed. Both collections test their reader's willingness to engage with less well-known material. This article suggests that although the two poetic collections seem to have little...