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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 28–42.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Lisa O'Connell Recent scholarly work by Jürgen Habermas, Judith Butler, and others posits a new cultural domain that is simultaneously religious and secular. Drawing on the sermons of John Tillotson and the fiction of Henry Fielding, this paper examines literary sentimentalism in this “post-secular...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (1): 130–134.
Published: 01 January 2023
... and the Sentimental Novel ( Baltimore : Johns Hopkins Univ. , 2020 ). Pp. x + 242. $34.95 . Copyright 2023 by Duke University Press 2023 Two new books argue that fictional depictions of loss reveal how eighteenth-century Britons conceived personhood, agency, and wealth. Technically intricate yet...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 114–123.
Published: 01 September 2010
...- ries Things Tell,” instead of focusing on the it-­narrative proper, examines the function and possibility of things with agency in representative literature and artwork throughout the eighteenth century, from ghost stories (Barbara Bene- dict’s “The Spirit of Things”) and sentimental fictions...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 3–8.
Published: 01 January 2009
... by giving shape and local habitation to the perpetrators, victims, and causal forces of empire. In an era in which impe- rial reach increasingly outstripped imaginative grasp, sentimental fiction cre- ated the tropes that enabled readers to reel the world home in their minds” (2). While accurately...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 44–47.
Published: 01 January 2009
... of Playing, among other acting manuals consumed by lay people, possessed the appeal of sentimental fiction. And just as acting manuals could be read like novels, sentimental novels could be read like acting manuals. Goring describes the sentimental novel as engaged in “the literary staging...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 19–27.
Published: 01 January 2009
... writers increasingly adopted roles as daughters, sisters, wives, and servants to literary men, roles not unlike what the literature of sensibility prescribed for fictional heroines and conduct-book readers. In chapter 6, Staves reviews the Bluestocking and sentimental writers whose careers...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 109–114.
Published: 01 April 2014
.... Since Louisa is sub- titled “A Poetical Novel,” it is reasonable to read it in the terms afforded by feminist studies of sentimental fiction. But then, Louisa is, after all, a poem. The emotional extremities of Seward’s improbable story may correlate with disorders in society or in her private...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (3): 130–136.
Published: 01 September 2014
... sensibility from its more extreme forms” (166–67). Making principal use of Sense and Sensibility, Brodey reads its characters and situations against other sentimental fictions, and against the conventions of the picturesque, and Ruins and Fragments in Eighteenth-Century England 1 3 3...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 80–110.
Published: 01 April 2012
... of the Methodist hymnal further align the revival with the sentimentalism of the age. As Janet Todd suggests, the hymns “are a kind of sentimental dramatic poetry. . . . Like sentimental fiction and drama, they teach and provoke emotion.” 1 9 Much as the culture of sensibility was moving away from...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 101–105.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Giulia Pacini Bostic Heidi . The Fiction of Enlightenment: Women of Reason in the French Eighteenth Century ( Newark : Univ. of Delaware , 2010 ). Pp 270 . $59.50 Stewart Philip . L’Invention du sentiment: roman et économie affective au XVIIIe siècle ( Oxford...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (2): 113–142.
Published: 01 April 2022
...: one follows Euphemia's troubled marriage to Lord Aveline; another, echoing a trend of sentimental abolitionist fiction, tells the story of two slaves, Africanus and Nonni, whom Lord Aveline sets free and hires as servants after buying them from their cruel master on a West Indian plantation...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 1–5.
Published: 01 September 2010
..., and Corman notes shrewdly that such developments lead critics like the indefatigable Ernest Baker (The History of the English Novel, 10 volumes, 1924 – 1939), J. B. Priestley, and Walter Allen to reject the sentimental didacticism of a good deal of eighteenth-­century fiction, and of course...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 18–62.
Published: 01 January 2014
... of scenes illustrated, beyond implying a preference for sentimentality, may reveal how eighteenth-­century readers conceived of the novel form. As modern readers we tend to value coherent narratives in works of fiction. As Peter J. Rabinowitz puts it, “The majority of criti- cal work being done today...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 1–17.
Published: 01 April 2011
... as did Dunton, but was able to incorporate Norris’s multivalences into his own work, into sermons that are both orthodox and directed to the heart, and into fictions, unorthodox and directed to the head (anyone seeking in Sterne for an unmixed sentimental or emotional jolt had better look...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 157–161.
Published: 01 April 2016
...Brian Michael Norton Chandler James . An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema . ( Chicago : Univ. of Chicago , 2013 ). Pp. xxi + 430 . $45 Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Review Essay Sentimental...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 January 2004
... menial kinds of service and trades envisaged for lower-class inmates. Whereas Fielding’s imagined women possessed too little education, the genteel penitents imagined in the sentimental pam- phlets possessed too much. In both the fictional and nonfictional senti- mental works that clustered around...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (2): 1–16.
Published: 01 April 2004
... that the letters are genuine is doubted by the reader, the language of the letters themselves stands as proof of their authenticity. No writer of mere fiction could imitate such moving and natural sentiments. The French translator DuBois had similarly argued, “[S]i nous n’avions pas les Originaux, on ne...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (2): 1–22.
Published: 01 April 2003
... that allows the novel to close with the lovers in marital bliss. The sentimental plot undermines Hamilton’s explicit theories about Harriet’s reading, as her world ultimately mimics fiction. She gets her love and fortune in the same way that any fashionable heroine would. If you, dear young female reader...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 128–133.
Published: 01 January 2014
... in the Companion. Donald R. Wehrs, in “Postcolonial Sterne,” provides a multifaceted view of the matter, looking at Sterne’s contribution to aboli- tionist sentiment, his later influence on postcolonial writers, and the way post- colonial criticism can illuminate Sterne’s fiction, and vice versa. Carol Watts...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (3): 99–123.
Published: 01 September 2003
... of the relationship between Richardsonian sentimentality and Mandevillian cynicism. These competing discourses— the belief in disin- terestedness and the belief in self-interest—Gordon argues were both nec- essary fictions for English Enlightenment culture to sustain itself.6 Both the assertion of autonomy...