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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 1–15.
Published: 01 September 2021
... in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the news-papers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. —Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 January 2020
..., Samwell described Hawaiians surfing six- to seven-foot “alaias” on the “great swell rolling into the Bay,” and in March 1779, King recorded his version of the same event, but neither text was published until 1967. In 1784, King published a significantly revised and expanded version of the scene...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 18–38.
Published: 01 April 2011
... required to reduce a 400-page novel to a 24-page chapbook with woodcut illustrations may appear haphazard at times, omitting such vital scenes as Crusoe's discovery of the footprint, for instance, but actually express the preferences, interests, and reading practices of common readers. Popular reading...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 85–103.
Published: 01 April 2013
... as a scapegoat for the deeply flawed institution of marriage itself. The courtship narrative rewrites several aspects of conventional clandestine marriage plots, such as stock male characters, lengthy debates between love and duty, climactic wedding scenes, and punitive conclusions. The economic plot, featuring...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 18–62.
Published: 01 January 2014
... grumpy attack upon humankind, many other kinds of scenes, such as sentimental or gently humorous ones, were also illustrated. In this article, I propose that paying attention to what these illustrators thought important will open up new ways of approaching these texts. Copyright 2013 by Duke University...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 1–32.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., the likeness of the artist who faces the crowd and sketches the scene captured in Vauxhall Gardens , in other words, Rowlandson himself. An endless of hall of mirrors in which we can gaze at ourselves gazing at others gazing at us, Rowlandson's Vauxhall Gardens is indeed a print with many lives. Copyright...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 59–83.
Published: 01 January 2016
...Sara Landreth This article examines early eighteenth-century attempts to explain how poetic descriptions of physical motion generated vivid scenes in the imagination. Motion was central to neo-Augustan theories of representation because, for much of this period, writers understood motion...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 56–72.
Published: 01 April 2018
... and imagined costumes for self-promotion, and to assert expertise, fashionability, and cosmopolitanism. Celebrations of James Burney’s adventures in Oceania, however, were disturbed by his recollections of violent scenes in New Zealand, which were so traumatic that he could only mention them in whispers...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 38–57.
Published: 01 April 2019
... the insertion of newly written, explicit sexual scenes in keeping with late twentieth-century tastes. It then offers close readings of both works, to assess the impact of Cleland’s pioneering novel-memoirs on the later history of erotic literature in the eighteenth century. Cleland Memoirs of an Oxford...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 47–74.
Published: 01 January 2021
..., they remained rare and controversial in the alphabetical ancestors of the modern encyclopedia. In this article, I explain why, and show how encyclopedists’ practices evolved in the period in which the historical dictionary and other alphabetical proto-encyclopedias burst onto the European literary scene...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (2): 113–142.
Published: 01 April 2022
...) included a scene in which a widowed woman novelist asks for the help of a senior East India official and is rudely rebuffed. Was Kelly writing about her real-life exchange with Hastings, and if so, what might she have been hoping to achieve? The essay attempts to answer these questions in a speculative...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 52–82.
Published: 01 September 2022
... he did not change librettists). Handel's operas comprise, structurally, a series of mostly static scenes in which intense feelings (ambition, lust, hope, fear, doubt, pain, remorse, etc.) are expressed. The happy‐ending convention in opera seria renders plot resolution secondary. Handel's operas...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 134–165.
Published: 01 April 2023
...Sandro Jung This article offers an account of all illustrated editions of William Falconer's The Shipwreck (1762), including anthologies such as John Roach's Beauties , that were produced up to the end of the handpress period. It examines both the illustrations of specific scenes or moments from...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (2): 54–76.
Published: 01 April 2024
...Gordon M. Sayre J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur's Letters from an American Farmer includes memorable scenes in which the farmer revives bees he has rescued from the craw of a king bird, and welcomes a hornet's nest inside his house. As I will argue, the book represented insects in a sentimental...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (2): 106–111.
Published: 01 April 2024
...: that pornography can be, and in fact was, a site of social protest; that its hybridity, especially in the eighteenth century, worked against the simpleminded narrative pleasures it was evolving toward; and that historians need to read the texts in question, specifically their sex scenes, with a focus...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (2): 23–64.
Published: 01 April 2010
... of  James Thomson’s long poem The Seasons (1730) and the poem’s descriptiveness were routinely remarked upon by its earli- est readers. Dr. Johnson noted: “His descriptions of extended scenes and general effects bring before us the whole magnificence of  Nature, whether pleasing or dreadful...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (2): 1–22.
Published: 01 April 2003
... to be the evil agents of seduction and ruin, why and how did women persist in reading and writing them? This essay attempts to answer the question by examining scenes of novel-reading in two novels written by women: Mary Hays’ fem- inist Memoirs of Emma Courtney (1796) and Elizabeth Hamilton’s satiric...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 66–87.
Published: 01 April 2016
...), Rakewell eagerly pursues an aristocratic life of luxury and pleasure, starting with the aspirational levee presented in scene two (figure 2), where he is sur- rounded by all sorts of sycophants and fashionable characters of the time.1 Eighteenth-Century Life...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 January 2012
..., the eyes of the crowd turn to him in a query, and the text itself seems caught in a moment of hesitation: what is the focus of this spectacle? Is it the object that com- mands the scene’s center, the massive and peculiar helmet, or the broken body under its rim? The answer, implied by the huge size...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 156–160.
Published: 01 January 2009
... culture in which readers are situated. Three chapters of readings offer a new way of mapping the reception his- tory of Sterne’s work. In a consideration of Tristram Shandy’s sermon-reading scene, Gerard uses eight pictorial representations (from 1883 to 1995) to chart the resurgence...