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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 6–27.
Published: 01 January 2024
.... John Martin, “Several Receipts for the Use of Mankind” (1690 – 96), Folger, MS V.b.258. Where early seventeenth-century manuscripts were predominantly compiled by highly educated scholars, lawyers, and clergymen, Martin's volume demonstrates the continued value of traditional manuscript...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (3): 89–95.
Published: 01 September 2017
... and increasingly widespread belief that “close reading is … totally inappropriate as a method of studying literary history.” We need to nurture and celebrate scholars who understand the importance of historical evidence, even when that evidence is incomplete, and who also understand the subtleties of rhetorical...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 105–121.
Published: 01 April 2017
.... A fruitful way of examining this issue is by focusing on the figure of the shoemaker, a character who often appears in popular culture as a noisy, irreverent, and vigorous defender of liberty. Scholars have long associated the proverbial political radicalism of shoemakers with occupational qualities...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 29–59.
Published: 01 September 2011
... in which they were displayed, their immobility implying permanence. Caricatures, on the other hand, moved quickly through urban spaces, temporarily saturating shops, pubs, and coffeehouses before being replaced by their own newest versions. Although scholars of the portrait have been particularly sensitive...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 111–142.
Published: 01 April 2012
... an idea of nature as full of wonders to one in which nature is a treasure-house of loot and knowledge. Whereas the Restoration had embraced the new definition of a scholar-collector as a gentleman who contributed to the public good, by the midcentury, collectors seemed self-absorbed and deluded. Yet...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 97–118.
Published: 01 January 2013
...Mary Carter Most scholars turn a blind eye to A Proposal for Giving Badges to the Beggars in All the Parishes of Dublin , but as Jonathan Swift’s final pamphlet on Irish affairs, it deserves our attention. This essay contextualizes the pamphlet among Swift’s more familiar arguments for solving...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 53–84.
Published: 01 April 2013
...Sandro Jung This paper introduces a little-known print genre that flourished in Britain from the late 1770s to the late nineteenth century. Notwithstanding the long life of the illustrated pocket diary-cum-almanac, scholars have failed to assess the range and variety of these annuals or examine...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
... of his life, but he was also a translator, a textual scholar, a prodigious letter writer, and in the first major phase of his career, a love poet depicting young women in love, such as Sapho, Eloise, the Unfortunate Lady, and Belinda, often focusing on erotic rapture and death. From about 1728 until his...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2016
... reflect, as literary-scholars-turned-curators, on what they learned about how material culture produces and records celebrity when the objects of study range beyond standard printed artifacts. Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Shakespeare Austen curating celebrity exhibition...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 59–83.
Published: 01 January 2016
... especially wide-reaching implications for scholars of Restoration and eighteenth-century literature because it was during this period that writers began to codify connections between universal laws of nature, beauty, and human cognition. Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Dennis motion...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 January 2010
... and ethical killing that flourished in seventeenth-century England. Dryden joins the company of travel writers, pamphleteers, poets, scholars, and philosophers who were troubled by the pervasive mistreatment of animals in Western Europe. Duke University Press 2009 R...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (2): 131–151.
Published: 01 April 2018
...Anthony Mandal “Mrs. Meeke” was the most prolific novelist of the Romantic period, publishing twenty-four novels and four translations between 1795 and 1823, eclipsing Walter Scott’s twenty-two titles. Yet until recently, scholars knew little about her, and she was misidentified for decades...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 38–57.
Published: 01 April 2019
... evidence. Both works, the Memoirs of an Oxford Scholar (1756) and Genuine Memoirs of Maria Brown (1766), are nevertheless indebted to Cleland’s work. This article starts by examining the canny, fraudulent marketing of these eighteenth-century erotic novels after Fanny Hill ’s revival, including...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (2): 61–87.
Published: 01 April 2022
...Ronald Paulson; Ashley Marshall William Hogarth and Richard Steele were in many ways part of the same intellectual and religiopolitical milieu, one that also links them both to the radical Whig cleric Benjamin Hoadly. Modern scholars have almost always connected Steele to Joseph Addison...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 183–216.
Published: 01 January 2024
... of librarians, scholars, and collectors in the nearly two and half centuries since her death. It is in this spirit of continuing and collaborative recovery that this essay contributes new evidence about a final, posthumous proposal for a collection of PWP's poems and letters, printed over a five‐week period...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (1): 98–103.
Published: 01 January 2020
..., wisely, The meanings of texts are contingent on the immediate contexts within which they were written, published, and read, and those contexts shift . . . on a daily basis (2). Hone s fundamental premise that scholars have not appreciated the cultural or political complexity of Anne s accession...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 59–64.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Univ., 2013). Pp. viii + 199. $35 • Although Ted Underwood’s Why Literary Periods Mattered does not devote much attention to the eighteenth century, it should nonetheless be of great interest to scholars in our field. Over the past twenty years, much work has...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 110–116.
Published: 01 January 2018
... Copyright 2018 by Duke University Press 110 111 perhaps more accurately, whose? Globalization has been hotly (and then coolly) debated by scholars since at least the twentieth century. In literary studies...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 226–233.
Published: 01 January 2011
... approach of figures of the Göttingen school such as C. G. Heyne (1729 – 1812), J. S. Semler (1725 – 91), J. M. Gesner (1691 – 1761), J. A. Ernesti (1707 – 81), J. G. Eichhorn (1753 – 1827), J. D. Michaelis (1717 – 91), and, above all, Christoph Meiners (1747 – 1810), all scholars at the University...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 118–124.
Published: 01 September 2014
... as monumental now seems quaint” (xxxiv). By this, Pettit means that his Early Works volume firmly fixes decisions about attribution that scholars have come to understand as fluid. Pettit cautiously offers his selections of Richardson’s “first or least orderly steps along the road to canonisation” (xxxi...