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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 1–22.
Published: 01 September 2019
... dogmatic and more accommodating than his Roman original, particularly with regard to the mortality of the soul. Eighteenth- Century Life Volume 43, Number 3, September 2019 doi 10.1215/00982601-7725705 Copyright 2019 by Duke University Press 1 Lucretius, Englishman: Meter, Mortalism, and Love in Dryden s...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 51–68.
Published: 01 September 2021
... were directed toward women to stop household consumption of sugar. In Britain, abolitionists urged women to stop buying West Indian sugar because it was a slave good, produced on plantations where enslaved Africans were subject to cruelty and where mortality rates were high. In France, the call...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 65–104.
Published: 01 September 2009
... circulation and commodification. As a mortuary practice, embalming spread beyond royal tradition, infiltrating the burial rites of the wealthy and aristocratic in an effort to preserve social distinction posthumously, demonstrating the increasing preoccupation with mortality and the corpse, and the intense...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 33–54.
Published: 01 September 2015
... to mediate between mortal existence and posthumous fame, between the real men who drive intellectual history, and the timeless philosophical ideals they represent.20 As its title suggests, the poem commemorates the achievements of a newly formed scholarly society, celebrating the emer- gence...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 126–129.
Published: 01 September 2016
...” (29). Sider Jost then turns to the novels of Samuel Richardson, reading them in the context of the “threat of mortalism” (66), newly exigent worries over the soul’s immortality. Nuanced and measured, his analysis helps us make sense of a paradox: how it is that eighteenth-century Britons...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 January 2012
... of sixteenth-­century jurist Edmund Plowden, the “Body natural” is “a Body mortal, subject to all Infirmities that come by Nature or Accident, to the Imbecility of Infancy or old Age,” and, of course, to death; the “Body politic” is “a Body that can- not be seen or handled, consisting of Policy...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2005) 29 (2): 3–24.
Published: 01 April 2005
... than eliciting 6 Eighteenth-Century Life compassion for them.5 This sentiment seems to adapt a similar moment of refl ection in Graunt’s Natural and Political Observations made upon the Bills of Mortality (1662). Graunt wonders whether people give alms to the poor out of “the purest Charity...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (3): 53–72.
Published: 01 September 2000
... formed by persons skilled in mathematics, calculation, or possessed of sufficient data to ascertain the correct value of contingencies dependent on the vitality or mortality of their members, generally want solidity” (p. 22). Similarly, in 1772 Ri- chard Price...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 January 2010
... of this lesson in physics, Pythagoras exhorts his listeners to refrain from killing animals: “Mortals, don’t pollute your bodies with sacrilegious food.”2 By “sacrilegious food,” he means animal flesh. In classical antiquity, Pythago- ras was the most eloquent and influential spokesman for what we now call...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 114–120.
Published: 01 January 2021
... that will be of great interest to those studying related topics. His central set of sources is the Bills of Mortality, which record over 15,500 deaths of the sort that interest him from between 1654 and 1735. From his analysis of these records, we learn about the many sad, sometimes grisly, ways that Londoners died...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 23–40.
Published: 01 September 2019
... Talbot : I am convinced, . . . that bad nerves, as one is pleased to call the indulgence of humour, are little short of a mortal sin. They disgrace ones best principles, grieve ones best Friends, hurt ones companions, & make ones whole being ungrateful to God. 20 Burney added the short phrase to God...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2014
... in hieroglyphic state, Serious, and pondering on their changeful state; While with inverted torch, and swimming eyes, Sinks the fair shade of Mortal Life, and dies. There the pale Ghost through Death’s wide portal bends His timid feet, the dusky steep descends: With smiles assuasive Love...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (2): 1–23.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Even medical texts occasionally stress the risks of the Grand Tour. The surgeon Jonathan Wathen offers a dramatic caution about syphilis s effects on potency and infant mortality via the tale of a young British nobleman who is traveling through Italy with his tutor when he meets an old friend of his...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 130–133.
Published: 01 September 2016
... various faults and omissions, to argue that failure has an intimate connection to literary achievement: “Indeed, some degree of failure, rather than being the disabling factor that stops mere mortals from pursuing the path of genius, is an inher- ent part of the creative act” (21). Rounce...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 65–75.
Published: 01 September 2015
... is John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. By 1710, Marlborough had become a mortal enemy of the Oxford-Bolingbroke government, largely because the Tory leaders had abandoned the “no peace without Spain” mandate that he and Godolphin still fervently supported. The ministers—along with their pro...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (2): 1–28.
Published: 01 April 2007
... from the rest of the world, “Ouranus, Saturn, Jupiter, and the other mortals” were deifi ed “by the transfer and identifying of them with the heavens, the sun and planets”: When we refl ect upon this horrid state of things, resulting from the gradual and accumulating corruptions...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 234–239.
Published: 01 January 2011
... aesthetic of Louis-­François Roubiliac. The Frenchman’s work was urban, urbane, and critical, it provided a witty redesign of heraldic devices, in the form of full compositions, and introduced, or rein- troduced, passionate expression, mortality, and ingenuity into monumental sculpture...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 152–169.
Published: 01 April 2018
... possession of her ideas, upon the evils annexed to that species of family pride which, from generation to generation, seeks, by mortal wills, to arrest the changeful range of succession enacted by the immutable laws of death, became the basis of a composition which she denominated Memoirs...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 101–122.
Published: 01 September 2022
... Louvre, Paris), which was exhibited at the 1793 French Salon and greatly admired by early nineteenth-century Romanticists. In Girodet's painting, the artist used a beam of ethereal light to signify the moon goddess Diana's mystical caress of her beloved Endymion, a beautiful mortal shepherd who slept...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 37–43.
Published: 01 January 2009
... and Jacques Monod, that Pope was a supporter of the Jacobite cause.4 Making that case is one of the books’ most fundamental proj- ects. In making it, Rogers is able to impute to Windsor-Forest’s images of hunt- ing, blood, and mortality precisely the threnodic, elegiac texture—the sense of being...