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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (3): 29–54.
Published: 01 September 2013
... Dampier’s “Mixt Relation”: Narrative vs. Natural History in A New Voyage Round the World (1697) Anne M. Thell National University of Singapore Introduction Published in collaboration with the Royal Society of London in 1697, Wil...
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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 (2023) 47 (3): 63–84.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Lina Jiang This article focuses on Ann Murry's serial essay “The Moral Zoologist, or Natural History of Animals,” which appeared in the Lady's Magazine in sixty‐seven letters between 1800 and 1805. I argue that Murry's “The Moral Zoologist” contested the bounds of women's scientific knowledge...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (2): 45–63.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... The result was the modern scientific anthropocentric ethics of technological mastery of nature. In our own time, this has evolved into a crisis, which would have truly surprised eighteenth-century intellectuals. The history of anthropocentrism and its critique, therefore, seem to be significant...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 154–170.
Published: 01 April 2017
... tropes of exile in the face of ecological cataclysm. Copyright 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Jane Austen evolution natural history romantic intellectual culture Charles Darwin • “A Future to Look Forward to Extinction and Evolution in Jane...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (1): 24–49.
Published: 01 January 2019
...Andreas Mueller This article argues that Richard Hurd was more directly engaged than previously appreciated with the Anglo-Scottish cultural wars of the early 1760s over the nature of and center of gravity of an emergent British literary tradition. It establishes the ways Hurd’s Moral and Political...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (2): 23–64.
Published: 01 April 2010
..., “ ‘Through Nature Shedding Influence Malign’: Thomson’s The Seasons as a Theodicy,” Durham University Journal 87 (1995): 257  –  68. 28. See Hagstrum, Sister Arts, 258. 29. Stana Nenadic, “Print Collecting and Popular Culture in Eighteenth- Century Scotland,” History 82 (1997): 203  –  22...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 159–182.
Published: 01 January 2024
... employ book history methodologies to analyze the manuscript, which will expand scholarly and general knowledge of the nature and extent of Jacobite activity in post-1745 Scotland. In the remaining sections of this article, I outline some of the research directions that we will pursue as we gain insight...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (3): 46–65.
Published: 01 September 2004
... Topography, as if in Fact You had been everywhere.” — John Mulso writing to Gilbert White Gilbert White’s The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the County of Southampton (London, 789) dedicates itself to the proposition that a place so minute as the parish of Selborne, a district...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 127–132.
Published: 01 January 2021
...), a period that she extends back to the mid- eighteenth century and tracks forward to the late Regency era of the 1830s. Bailes s monograph explores women writers con- tributions to the professionalization of the genre of natural history. She dem- onstrates how, during this period, a cadre of figures...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (3): 1–30.
Published: 01 September 2003
... chartering of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1783, should both be inter- preted as expressions of precisely the battle lines in Scotland’s cultural poli- tics that I have just sketched.30 The first clash occurred over the university’s vacant chair of natural history. Buchan’s candidate, William Smellie...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 123–132.
Published: 01 September 2012
... in Stalnaker’s book is Georges-­Louis Leclerc de Buffon and Louis-­Jean-­Marie Daubenton’s monumental thirty-­six-­volume Histoire naturelle (1749 – ​89), composed during Buffon’s intendancy at the Cabi- net du roi. Originally a catalog of the king’s natural history collections, the work eventually...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (1): 81–89.
Published: 01 January 2008
... of fossilized assemblages provide highly useful historical documents for recognizing the relative ages of strata in which the fossils are contained. The fossils provide a powerful “natural chronometer” for documenting relative ages that, when studied systematically, can lead to a history...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2005) 29 (3): 44–75.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of objects gathered in the collections curieuses, they seem to elude categorization. Historians of art, such as Krzysztof Pomian and Antoine Schnapper, have focused on the art col- lecting, while historians of natural history and science such as Yves Lais- sus, Peter Dance, and Paula Findlen have...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2006) 30 (3): 107–134.
Published: 01 September 2006
... and insect societies. According to James Edward Smith, in his inaugural address to the Linnean Society in 1788 on the “rise and progress of natural history,” there was no science, after botany, that “had more attention paid to it than entomology.”1 Furthermore, the centrality of entomology...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (3): 94–102.
Published: 01 September 2001
... of theory).1 Yet anthropology, ethnography, ethnology, and moral philoso- phy were really quite separate enterprises, and relations between moral philosophy and natural history were frequently ambiguous. Even more problematic were the ideas of “race” and “racism,” so taken...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 88–93.
Published: 01 September 2010
... of the voyage, as well as into large, formal paintings for the Royal Academy. His work is of particular interest to Guest because it reveals the tension between “the elaborately theorised conventions of high art, . . . the conflicting demands of natural history for the accurate representation of climate...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 111–142.
Published: 01 April 2012
... of plants. He added to this hoard throughout his life, even acquiring the entire natural history museum of the mysterious William Courten, worth some £50,000, and the museums of Leonard Plukenet, and James Petiver.1 Sloane’s collec- tions were vast in quantity and kind: loads of manuscripts, books...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 1–15.
Published: 01 September 2021
... a profound influence on various kinds of intellectual activity, opening up new modes of aesthetic appreciation and scientific inquiry, while generating new forms of racial thought through the transformation, in various colonial contexts, of natural history, medicine, political economy, and theories...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (1): 28–51.
Published: 01 January 2003
... that it is necessary to recur to individual instances, and those in due series and order” (8:87). The “due series and order” that govern Bacon’s method begin with empirical phenomena and experimental observations collected in the narratives of natural history. The contents...