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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (1): 76–98.
Published: 01 January 2019
... of rational religion. To its followers, Methodism offered a model of spiritual sincerity and moral piety through internal revelations best exhibited through passionate, extemporary preaching. For anti-Methodists, it was crucial to formalize the supposedly organic occurrence of the extempore, thus reducing its...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (2): 80–110.
Published: 01 April 2012
... of identification (as described by Kenneth Burke); that is, singers identified with the lyrical and rhythmic qualities of the hymns, thereby confirming spiritual impulses they felt but could not always express. In addition, by questioning the rationality of mainstream Enlightenment religion, the hymns functioned...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 January 2016
... with the formal erotic, affective, and spiritual experience of rapture and thus demonstrates their dynamic interconnectedness. The result is a new account of Pope's poetic career, and a new assessment of the relationships between writing and life. Pope came to concentrate on writing satire in the last third...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 165–191.
Published: 01 September 2020
...? This essay brings two often disconnected schools of historical inquiry into conversation, through an exploration of the spiritual and material for two devout female Anglicans: Katherine Plymley (1758–1829) and Anna Larpent (1758–1832). It charts the negotiation of material ambivalence and the performance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (3): 178–196.
Published: 01 September 2021
... the sublime—epiphanic, quasi-spiritual, unmasterable, extraordinary—ever really become a habit? Is it possible, even natural, to become habituated to sublimity? Taking as its point of departure the Aristotelian claim that “habit is a second nature,” this article explores the counterintuitive relationship...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (1): 134–137.
Published: 01 January 2018
... possessive individualism, and a “cultural mainstream” of Catholic and Enlightenment thinkers defending it (127). “Radical philosophy converged with radical spiritu- ality in its call for self-dispossession, while both Enlightenment and Catholic orthodoxies defended self-ownership” (127). So...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (1): 113–133.
Published: 01 January 2024
... were ordered for the spiritual benefit of individual sisters and for the construction, maintenance, and sustenance of the community as a whole. 13 Like the majority of orders, the Poor Clares had both “choir” and “lay” sisters. Choir sisters, who had often been educated before joining the convent...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (3): 126–129.
Published: 01 September 2016
... immortality. Prose concerns itself with this world—with the mundane rather than the spiritual, with the temporal rather than the eternal. Indeed, prose is closely identified with the prosaic, a term that originally signified nothing other than this relation (“of or relating to prose but over time came...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (2): 1–27.
Published: 01 April 2014
... the inconsistencies present in the other volumes by exhibiting Crusoe’s intellectual struggles more poignantly than his narrative does. An adven- ture/travel narrative, Farther Adventures is a very different type of fiction from the spiritual autobiography presented in The Life and Strange Surpriz- ing...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 9–27.
Published: 01 April 2017
... to Milton. In Dryden’s poem, the antitype is not a sacred figure of the New Tes- tament but a secular figure of modern history, occupying a position that is chronologically but not spiritually conclusive. The parodic structure of typology remains, but it is itself parodied when the apotheosis...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (1): 108–111.
Published: 01 January 2016
... almost obsessed in representing, especially in their public and, it was often charged, theatrical demonstrations of belief, namely conversion, effusive preaching, and passionate hymn-singing. According to Anderson, Methodist theology and spirituality worked “to place the contingent, open-ended idea...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (2): 18–38.
Published: 01 April 2011
... a single page, effectively scuttling the portions of the text dealing with Crusoe’s spiritual renewal as well as the details of his ingenious means of survival, both facets of the book that have received considerable critical attention. The choices chapbook editions make, and the preferences...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (2): 1–28.
Published: 01 April 2007
... of commemoration. The benefi ciary of the honor thus joined William Blake’s Oriental Apotheosis of William Pitt 3 Figure 1. William Blake, The Spiritual Form of Pitt, guiding Behemoth; he is that Angel who, pleased to perform the Almighty’s orders, rides on the whirlwind, directing...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 January 2013
... envisage a universe of metaphysical hierarchies, whose various strata are made sympathetic with one another (and with the whole system) through spiritual agencies and intelligences that human beings can dis- cover and perhaps even manipulate. While many Restoration readers were apparently drawn...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 55–62.
Published: 01 September 2010
..., politically, scientifically progressive Spanish and Spanish-­American Catholic culture in the eighteenth century. Coexistent with the Bourbon reforms, Cath- olic intellectuals both religious (Jesuit) and laymen (Jesuit-­educated) combined secular reason with spiritual passion. Before the Kings Charles...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2010) 34 (3): 28–31.
Published: 01 September 2010
... well as on the works of antique historians describing the Greco-­Roman wor- ship of Isis; both sources promulgated a view of Egypt as the ultimate source of an arcane spiritual wisdom. Even the most scholarly student of Egypt was thus apt to see it through a murky lens of superstitious Egyptosophy...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (3): 150–155.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Hume resolves both religious dogmatism and skepticism by embracing sociability. Chapter 3 shows how Barbauld, very much in the manner of Hume, resists both spiritual mystery and rational demystification (90), making poetry into the advocate of fancy (rather than the transcendent Coleridgean...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2005) 29 (3): 1–19.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of the theme I have hinted at: religious exercises are the way to stave off nagging doubts. Johnson, like William Law and the Dissenters, believed in spiritual discipline. Doubt is easy, belief diffi cult; only rigorous spiritual exercise can ward off encroaching unbelief. Religious exercise pro- tects...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (3): 164–180.
Published: 01 September 2002
..., I fled into those regions where my ideals and also my heart is. My only consola- tion was to sip at Chiser’s well [Goethe’s metaphor for poetic inspiration and spiritual fulfillment4 Indeed, the Napoleonic wars brought the Near East much closer to European...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (1): 69–91.
Published: 01 January 2004
... affairs: Crusoe’s statement 72 Eighteenth-Century Life comes only paragraphs after readers are given to register the image of Mary “great with Child” (5); indeed, Mary Crusoe is a type of Blessed Mother, giving herself so that Robinson may be spiritually reborn as a Christic mer- cantile...