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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (3): 29–54.
Published: 01 September 2013
... was involved in a much larger process than he realized: he was transforming how knowledge, nature, and experience could and should be related in narrative. In this essay, I study the narrative problems and complexities of New Voyage , and place them in the context of the reforms in travel writing (and, more...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 105–126.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Melissa Bailes This essay explains Anna Seward's famous, vitriolic attacks on the poetic plagiarisms of Charlotte Smith by examining them within the framework of natural history. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the vocabularies and methodologies of natural history overlapped...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 51–74.
Published: 01 September 2020
... and conflict. In this article, I examine the polemical nature of Robinson Crusoe ’s spatial experience and constructions, maritime and insular. Most readers know Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe for the shipwreck and the island. This sells short the novel’s formal spatial design, which contrasts its hero’s early...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 63–92.
Published: 01 January 2014
...James Robert Wood Joseph Addison’s and Richard Steele’s The Spectator turned anecdotes into the moral equivalents of experiments in the science of human nature. Just as the experimental reports of the early Royal Society described exceptions to the ordinary workings of nature, The Spectator...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 92–96.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Chardin: “Sage Rival of Nature” Catherine Levesque The College of William & Mary Paula Radisich, Pastiche, Fashion, and Galanterie in Chardin’s Genre Subjects: Looking Smart (Newark: Univ. of Delaware, 2014). Pp. xi + 193. 48 ills. $75...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 127–132.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Danielle Spratt Bailes Melissa . Questioning Nature: British Women’s Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750–1830 ( Charlottesville : Univ. of Virginia , 2017 ). Pp. 256. $45 Copyright © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 R e v i e w E s s a y Eighteenth- Century...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 178–196.
Published: 01 September 2021
... the sublime—epiphanic, quasi-spiritual, unmasterable, extraordinary—ever really become a habit? Is it possible, even natural, to become habituated to sublimity? Taking as its point of departure the Aristotelian claim that “habit is a second nature,” this article explores the counterintuitive relationship...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (2): 54–76.
Published: 01 April 2024
... ce nouveau monde. Cela tient à la qualité de la terre, à la condition du ciel, au degré de chaleur, à celui d'humidité, à la situation, à l’élévation des montagnes, à la quantité des eaux courantes ou stagnantes, à l’étendue des forêts, et surtout à l’état brut dans lequel on y voit la Nature. La...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 111–142.
Published: 01 April 2012
... conventional valuations, and on the other, offered rich opportunities both for both self-advancement and the advancement of learning. Writers show that Sloane’s activities recast the natural world as a storehouse stuffed with collectibles and collecting as an ambiguous but national practice of imperialistic...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 59–83.
Published: 01 January 2016
... as a central principle of human nature. Questions about the mind/soul's “agitations” were crucial to a wide range of Enlightenment theories about mental imagery, rhetorical persuasion, and aesthetic beauty. Many writers, including John Dennis, linked the aesthetic import of spatial movement to Newtonian laws...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (2): 45–63.
Published: 01 April 2009
...Nathaniel Wolloch This article examines the anti-anthropocentric views of the eighteenth-century Scottish natural philosopher William Smellie, in particular in comparison with the predominant anthropocentric ethic of the human mastery of nature more common during the Enlightenment. Smellie's views...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 28–49.
Published: 01 January 2024
... fidelity and credibility. Our case study also pushes us to reconsider some of the clustered assumptions around the nature of the manuscript book in this period: this is the work of a male, non‐elite writer, an amateur production. It is not a family or coterie production, and rather than offering...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 9–27.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Michael McKeon John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667, 1674) is often classified as a Renaissance epic, along with the great narrative poems of Ariosto, Tasso, and Spenser. However, this generic designation tells us much less about the formal nature of the poem than we learn when we contextualize...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 105–121.
Published: 01 April 2017
... such as the sedentary nature of their work. More recently, critical discussion has disclosed how this proclivity for political activity was reinforced by an aggressive masculine identity, productive of misogyny as well as sociability. Drawing on popular cultural sources, from ballads to chapbooks, this essay revises...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 154–170.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Olivia Murphy Charles Darwin's profound interest in Austen's novels— Persuasion (1817) in particular—is well known. This article offers a new interpretation of Persuasion as a pre-Darwinian novel, concerned with the processes of natural selection and evolution in human societies. Many...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2011
... at the expense of textual self-memorializing. This essay examines how their nuanced but fundamental disagreements about the purpose of writing, the value of authorial “remains,” and the nature of possible futures constitute the subject of a dialogue that takes place not only in their “private” correspondence...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2012
... and interpret his writings. For a variety of reasons—having to do with the nature of his life and work, the lack of much personal record, the anonymity and attribution problems—we are simply not on solid ground, as we are with Dryden, Pope, Fielding, or Swift. Copyright 2012 by Duke University Press 2012...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2013
... the limited and contingent nature of female ownership. By following the movement of these containers, readers can trace the shifting power dynamics that property creates between people and, thereby, the influence that property has on constructing, expressing, and containing identities. Copyright 2013...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 53–84.
Published: 01 April 2013
... in what ways these print objects were produced in a competitive environment that saw, in its most prolific decades, the publication of up to forty different titles per year. Due to the ephemeral nature of the pocket diaries, very few copies have survived, and some titles known to have existed from...
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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...