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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 30–65.
Published: 01 April 2015
...Terry F. Robinson This essay explores the impact of mirrors on Georgian-era theatrical and social performance. It suggests that looking glasses—as they burgeoned in eighteenth-century playhouses, offstage, onstage, and backstage—provided key sites for actors and audiences to engage with both...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 101–114.
Published: 01 September 2019
... doi 10.1215/00982601-7725760 Copyright 2019 by Duke University Press 1 0 1 Reevaluating Colley Cibber and Some Problems in Documentation of Performance, 1690 1800 Robert D. Hume Pennsylvania State University Elaine M. McGirr. Partial Histories: A Reappraisal of Colley Cibber (London: Palgrave...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (2): 69–82.
Published: 01 April 2002
... Ceremonies and Theatrical Performances Christel Stalpaert University of Ghent When Emperor Charles VI died on 29 October 1740, via the Pragmatic Sanction he had secured recognition of his daughter Marie-Theresia’s...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 108–111.
Published: 01 January 2016
... Review Essay Performing the Self: Methodist, Secular, and Postsecular Productions Lori Branch University of Iowa Misty G. Anderson. Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2006) 30 (3): 107–134.
Published: 01 September 2006
...Deirdre Coleman Duke University Press 2006 Entertaining Entomology: Insects and Insect Performers in the Eighteenth Century Deirdre Coleman University of Sydney...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (2): 17–42.
Published: 01 April 2020
...Dianne Dugaw This essay considers our response to printed ephemera, analyzing British examples of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, specifically elegies, broadside ballads, and the life story and advertised theatrical performing of the eighteenth-century female soldier Hannah Snell, using...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 20–56.
Published: 01 September 2017
... with any confidence. Was Jonathan Swift a virgin? Opinions differ, and evidence is lacking. In theater history huge gaps in performance records prior to the advent of daily newspaper ads post 1700 leave us ignorant of what was performed on more than 80 percent of nights in Restoration London. In some...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 54–81.
Published: 01 January 2012
... culture of theatrical celebrity. While paintings and engraved prints of actors mostly peddled a mode of celebrity that was sustained by audience applause within the theater walls, Bell’s illustrations created a parallel visibility for the performers outside the theater, which was only tenuously...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 83–100.
Published: 01 September 2022
... moved away from Italian opera and toward English oratorio. While Fielding was critical of the former, the latter genre aligned with his aesthetic ideal, which favored word‐centric music performed in English with a minimum of “Tinsel, or . . . Ostentation.” Indeed, it is arguable that in his ballad‐opera...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 179–196.
Published: 01 January 2017
... of cultural concerns, from social aspiration, to moral rectitude. Copyright 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 performance poetry elocution miscellanies education • “A Just and Graceful Elocution”: Miscellanies and Sociable Reading...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 January 2018
.... In performing close readings of two of Behn’s most complex and perverse runaway-woman narratives, Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and his Sister (1684-87) and The History of the Nun (1688), this essay recalibrates our sense of Behn’s connection with and contribution to what would come to be called the women’s...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 39–75.
Published: 01 April 2011
... negotiated their ways between the benefits and the liabilities of marriage. “Contract” marriage, or “performing marriage,” the essay suggests, was one way in which an actress might maintain her legal, and therefore professional, agency, within the framework of a long-term personal relationship. Some...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 72–96.
Published: 01 January 2013
... the dialogic personal practice of philosophy with the characters of three modern Socratics, producing an aestheticized theory of enthusiastic self-characterization in which the philosopher can only perform “true enthusiasm” by multiplying himself into different characters. Copyright 2012 by Duke University...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (3): 55–84.
Published: 01 September 2013
... question of what level of compensation actresses deserved to receive. This essay thus suggests that the cultural portrayal of benefit performances reveals the often-paradoxical reception of both philanthropy and celebrity, especially as it was inflected by gender, during the period. Copyright 2013...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 January 2014
...Gillian Skinner The idea that Burney features in her own journals and letters as a novelistic heroine is something that readers over the years have noted and attributed variously to straightforward egotism or to a need for compensation. In this article, I read narrative performances Burney produced...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 183–211.
Published: 01 January 2015
... to gain political patronage in the 1780s. O’Bryen, a bankrupt Irish immigrant in 1780, became a close confidante and trusted political adviser to Charles James Fox after the Haymarket performance of O-Bryen’s play, A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed (1783). Drawing on both Goldsmith’s The Good Natur’d...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 65–104.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Jolene Zigarovich This paper looks at the cultural discourse of embalming in the eighteenth century. Not uncommon, embalming was performed, improved, and commercialized. From mummy unrollings, to churchyard reorderings, to public viewings of “curiosities,” the embalmed were often exposed to public...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (1): 76–98.
Published: 01 January 2019
... of Methodism is actually a performance that can be dissected through rhetorical criticism. In examining what preachers can do, should do, and also what should be done about them, anti-Methodists present meditations about rhetoric, its inherent value, and the problem of its effects. Methodists anti...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (1): 99–124.
Published: 01 January 2019
... and amateur musicians who played them, and the performance spaces in which they were encountered. This in turn invites a sustained reconsideration of the many references to lutes that appear in works of English literature from 1680 to 1830—and that is precisely the task I undertake in this article...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 76–104.
Published: 01 April 2019
... performing sexual acts. In “Fanny’s Feeling,” I argue instead that Fanny Hill tells the story of the heroine’s development of emotional sophistication, which provides the key to her success. Other novelists, such as Samuel Richardson and Eliza Hay-wood, depict characters that acquire emotion sophistication...