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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 (2015) 39 (3): 123–132.
Published: 01 September 2015
.... xc + 1530 . $350.00 Copyright 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 Review Essay Johnson’s Play Box James Horowitz Sarah Lawrence College Samuel Johnson. Debates in Parliament, ed. Thomas...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 116–119.
Published: 01 January 2009
...Susan B. Iwanisziw Frank Felsenstein and Michael Scrivener, eds. “Incle and Yarico” and “The Incas”: Two Plays by John Thelwal (Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., 2006). Pp. 167. $39.50. ISBN 0-8386-4101-6 Duke University Press 2008 Review Essay...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 28–57.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Tanya Caldwell Hannah Cowley’s most popular plays were her domestic comedies. These engaged so deeply with the dramatic and literary traditions of her predecessors and contemporaries that she was sometimes accused of plagiarism. However, her goal in writing her plays as they address national issues...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 36–67.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Keith Johnston Montesquieu's climatological theory of character played an important role in English musical criticism in the third quarter of the eighteenth century and helped form an intellectual basis for an English critique of Italian comic opera in the sentimental mode. Critics like Joseph...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (1): 99–124.
Published: 01 January 2019
...Marcus Tomalin Recent revisionist historiographical and organological studies have shown that, contrary to the traditional narrative, western lutes continued to be made and played throughout the long eighteenth century. Much more is known now about the luthiers who created them, the professional...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 158–177.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of the late eighteenth century used the empirical approach promoted by their polite scientific education to turn their leisured travels into knowledge-finding pursuits. The specimens and observations that they brought home played an overlooked role in allowing them to shape themselves as authoritative...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (1): 56–78.
Published: 01 January 2022
...David Francis Taylor Much recent criticism of Joseph Addison's Cato (1713) regards the tragedy as determinedly resistant to its eponymous protagonist's stoic heroism. Cato , it is argued, critiques Cato. But this wasn't how Addison's immediate contemporaries experienced the play. For many...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 7–31.
Published: 01 January 2017
...Christopher Salamone This article seeks to add nuance to the story of Shakespeare's canonization in the eighteenth century, a story that has hitherto neglected the part played by the period's poetic miscellanies. Are there patterns in the form, quantity, and selection of Shakespearean texts within...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 1–27.
Published: 01 January 2018
...Nora Gilbert This essay seeks to explore the pivotal role that female rebellion, refusal, and flight played in both the rise of the novel and the rise of modern feminism. To make my case for the ideological and narratological importance of what I am referring to as the “runaway-woman plot,” I...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 105–121.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Peter Denney Sound played a crucial role in plebeian politics in the eighteenth century, with singing, shouting, clapping, and other kinds of acoustic expression conveying a range of meanings. However, historians have mostly neglected the acoustic dimensions of popular political discourse...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Jack M. Armistead In the poems composed before his first serious plays, Dryden rhetorically exploits the malleability of occult beliefs during this period. He uses the mixed attitudes toward astrology, alchemy, and, to a lesser extent, demonology and other folks beliefs, to broaden meaning...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2013
... brought on stage during revelatory moments, the containers and their contents not only help resolve the action, but they also manifest the connection between what one owns and who one is. They reinforce the correlation between property and power. That women often owned property in these plays reveals...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (3): 55–84.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., Siddons played the role of maternal benefactress, largely rejecting the concept of supporting the public good and instead aligning herself with the private and domestic. In so doing, Siddons not only countered the sexually charged representations of actresses of the time, but also addressed the related...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 66–102.
Published: 01 January 2015
... played an influential role in representing the interests of Catholics in Ireland to the government in London. Copyright 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 Ireland Irish Diaspora Migration London Catholic • Irish Catholics and Their Networks...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 212–235.
Published: 01 January 2015
...Craig Bailey This article focuses on the physician James Johnson to examine the role Irishness played in the process of identity formation in London during the long eighteenth century. Using biographies, medical journals, and travel literature to chart the development of Johnson’s identity...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 65–104.
Published: 01 September 2009
... improved embalming procedures that inevitably played a part in the rise of the task for the undertaker. This essay maintains that the curious history of preservation techniques in eighteenth-century Britain ultimately contributes to the understanding of a culture's attitudes towards death, the body...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (2): 65–82.
Published: 01 April 2010
...William Gibbons The magician Zoroastro plays a critical role in Handel's opera Orlando (1733). He opens the first act with a dramatic monologue, keeps the hero Orlando from wreaking too much havoc in his madness, and eventually brings the opera to a peaceful conclusion. Despite his importance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 58–83.
Published: 01 January 2018
... of hospitality, this article contends that the term raises concerns about the ethical obligations of hosts and guests and the role reputation played in building social hierarchy. Simple satires of the toadeater as dependent guest reveal a fear over social mobility while novels present a sentimental exposé...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 38–55.
Published: 01 April 2018
...Peter Sabor This essay offers a revisionist reading of Charles Burney Sr.’s extraordinary talent for networking. It shows that Dr. Burney initiated and burnished a friendship with Dr. Johnson, who would play a crucial role in facilitating Burney’s transition from lowly musician to respected man...