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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Ashley Brookner Bender This essay examines the correlation between property and identity in William Wycherley’s The Plain Dealer and William Congreve’s The Way of the World . Both playwrights emphasize this connection between property and identity by using containers as stage properties. Often...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 197–230.
Published: 01 January 2017
... often offensive in content, eighteenth-century verse tales remain quick and colloquial, still leaping off the page after 250 years. Their easy tetrameter couplets and plain diction remind us that neoclassical strictures only stretched so far. Part 2 introduces a stranger and less-appealing set of texts...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 81–115.
Published: 01 April 2001
... relation of one volume to another, for the spacing of openings in plain masonry or for the effective recession of one surface behind another He was embarrassed by sheer mass [His] heart was in the motifs he was deploying rather than the planes and vol...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (3): 60–75.
Published: 01 September 2007
..., the imagination, and even interpretation. If truthful testimony was not necessarily unadulterated truth, it was at least a kind of information that seemed plain enough to be honest—or plain enough to be an unimaginative lie. Rogers’s line owes much to the expectations of natural historians at home...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 75–95.
Published: 01 September 2020
... by the rhetoric of defense and attack. But as he makes plain, the futility of ren- dering the lexicographer a border guard of discourse, whether in retaining fugitives or repelling invaders, is unambiguous. Across the Dictionary, attitudes to loanwords, and speci™cally French loanwords, hence proved both more...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 237–251.
Published: 01 April 2001
... societies, Townsend says. Not only is the national economy destroyed, but so too are the individual objects of the charity. Making precisely the point More will make in “The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain” and other stories, Townsend insists that the poor must help themselves...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (2): 64–91.
Published: 01 April 2009
... at the top, separated by a steep cliff from a plain below.34 On that plateau stood traditional elites, plus, it might be said, the upper portion of a middle class that had not yet imagined itself. The latter was convinced that it was different from those on the plain below, and chose to identify...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (1): 147–155.
Published: 01 January 2002
... to traverse these fabled plains; and many a bitter execration have I heard poured upon those travellers, who could so faithlessly relate what they saw” (quoted in Carter, p. 37). Whether it was the work of nature or of men, the effect was the same. Tench described...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2005) 29 (2): 25–46.
Published: 01 April 2005
... their expressed aim is to promote linguistic delicacy and refi nement, Blair’s Lectures are marked by a distaste for excessive ornamen- tation in language and by an advocacy of a direct, spoken style, a puritan enthusiasm for “great plainness of speech.” Conscious of rhetoric’s reputa- tion...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 63–77.
Published: 01 April 2001
... of systematical or methodical arrangement; it being my wish to give, as nearly as practicable, my Journal, as it was begun, progressively contin- ued, and ended; and thus to make plain delineations and convey correct impressions—Pictures from life—Things...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 46–65.
Published: 01 April 2023
... with a vision of an interest-driven, warring world that fears “Britannia's Thunders”: While jarring int'rests wake the world to arms, And fright the peaceful plains, with fierce alarms; While Neptune hears Britannia's Thunders roll In vengeance, o'er the deep, from pole to pole: Declining martial strains...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (3): 45–57.
Published: 01 September 2002
..., he would find his reward where he could. Dampier, Bunyan, Defoe all wrote a plain yet surprisingly effective common prose, using such language as men did speak, but each was attracted to the romance and lure of distant realms. The Royal Society, which...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 166–187.
Published: 01 April 2023
... will causelessly condemne and carpe at my following Work in the first foundation, as being layd too low,” or as too plain in style and focused on material matters. 1 He humorously calls such critics “bubble-braines,” whom he “leave[s] to build brave Castles in the ayre sutable to their empty out-sides, desiring...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2000) 24 (3): 31–52.
Published: 01 September 2000
... Society’s manner of seeing—a “critical, and reiterated scrutiny of those things, which are the plain objects of their eye” (Sprat, p. 99)—could also perhaps be used on a woman to provide “a full comprehen- sion of the object in all its appearances” (Sprat, p. 85...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (2): 78–110.
Published: 01 April 2020
... with Error in the wandring wood (1:13, l. 114). The caption, By which he saw the vgly monster plaine (1:14, l. 123), captures the moment of the knight s looking into the cave, the darksome hole (1:14, l. 120), and perceiving the defor- mity of Error, especially her serpent tail.25 Stothard departs from...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 1–22.
Published: 01 September 2019
... the third of the four triplets that appear in the first fifty- eight lines of his translation to represent Venus s boundless reign : O re barren Mountains, o er the flow ry Plain, The leavy Forest, and the liquid Main Extends thy uncontroul d and boundless reign. (1:23 25)18 Here the triplet s expansive...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 80–82.
Published: 01 September 2015
... or how they related to the larger history of ideas than to uncover an aspect of Ancien Régime intellectual sociability that was hidden in plain sight. After all, the story of Rousseau’s engagement with essay contests is well known, but what we now know is how ordinary it was to respond...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (3): 62–79.
Published: 01 September 2001
...- lence of their betters can procure for them. In More’s tract “The Shep- herd of Salisbury Plain” (1795), the excruciatingly poor but industrious, virtuous shepherd contents himself and his large and hungry family with “a large dish of potatoes, a brown pitcher [of water...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (2): 201–213.
Published: 01 April 2001
... to the habitually plain instincts of the heroine. Richardson’s period spent a larger proportion of income on cloth- ing than does our own—about a quarter, as compared to about ten per- cent today.4 Costume and textile historians argue further that this expen- diture...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 217–235.
Published: 01 January 2024
... upon Epitaphs was appended), observes that what is gained in “common sense” by the adoption in that work of a plain epitaphic style is offset by a “loss of power” (433). Joshua Scodel puts it more bluntly, calling Wordsworth's attempts to imitate epitaphic formulae “a poetic dead end.” 30 Near...