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Eighteenth-Century Life (2018) 42 (3): 42–45.
Published: 01 September 2018
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 7–31.
Published: 01 January 2017
... of these extracts are firmly attributed to Shakespeare, others are the consequence of adaptation and revision, and some have no provenance at all. What does this tell us about the cultural consumption and assimilation of Shakespeare at this moment of anthologizing? What cultural needs and attitudes do these textual...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (1): 96–115.
Published: 01 January 2017
... that, on the contrary, reissues can tell richer, more various, and more detailed stories about demand, making the history of certain bibliographical items more legible. Copyright 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 censorship miscellanies popularity politics reissues poetry...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2017) 41 (2): 9–27.
Published: 01 April 2017
...Michael McKeon John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667, 1674) is often classified as a Renaissance epic, along with the great narrative poems of Ariosto, Tasso, and Spenser. However, this generic designation tells us much less about the formal nature of the poem than we learn when we contextualize...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (3): 29–59.
Published: 01 September 2011
... anecdotes to larger concerns about English self-representation and the political authority that it alternately appeased and resisted. Specifically, the essay will follow Angelo from an anecdote he tells about George III at a Royal Academy exhibition, through an account of the constitutional crisis of 1783...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 1–35.
Published: 01 April 2016
... their deaths, and the Will & Jane exhibition tells the story of that process through the display of many and various objects—from porcelain figurines and portraits, to advertisements and bobbleheads—that are part of the marketing and cultural dissemination of literary fame. The authors of the article also...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (2): 76–104.
Published: 01 April 2019
... performing sexual acts. In “Fanny’s Feeling,” I argue instead that Fanny Hill tells the story of the heroine’s development of emotional sophistication, which provides the key to her success. Other novelists, such as Samuel Richardson and Eliza Hay-wood, depict characters that acquire emotion sophistication...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 21–46.
Published: 01 January 2021
... versions and with what those changes might tell us about shifts in expectations of fiction readers between 1726 and 1740. It also examines how later critics have responded to the story to demonstrate that ideas about credibility are relative and socially determined. While narrative theory generally argues...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (3): 52–82.
Published: 01 September 2022
... are essentially situational rather than plot driven. They use dramatic situations over and over (e.g., supplication, deliverance, abduction, remorse, enmity of kinsmen, self‐sacrifice). Handel is far more concerned with intense expression of emotion than with telling a story. In all four types of Handelian opera...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 160–164.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., or read of it in books, but have never presented its evils to their minds, consider it as little more than a splendid game; a proclamation, an army, a battle, and a triumph. Samuel Johnson, Thoughts on the Late Transactions Respecting Falkland s Islands (1771)1 We can hardly tell when exactly war...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 118–122.
Published: 01 September 2015
... 118 The Ehrenpreis Dilemma and the Lives of Swift 1 1 9 how much should a biographer tell? Or, to put it another way, what should an academic biographer ignore? Records of Swift’s life before the age of forty are notoriously sketchy, and the early biographers “corrected...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2016) 40 (2): 136–149.
Published: 01 April 2016
... of the heart, but in these stories, the mysteries of desire serve as plot impediments, not as guides to self-understanding. Not every innova- tion is an anticipation, and recognizing the full range of moral and aesthetic programs that have driven novelists allows Pavel to tell a diversely motivated...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 140–150.
Published: 01 April 2013
... can tell whether someone was happy only if you take into consideration his entire life; to say that a person was happy is to say that, by some criterion unspecified, he lived his life well, and that life (or fortune, or fate, or God) did not at any point punish him irreparably. More- over...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2013
... on constructing, expressing, and containing identities. The containers that circulate in The Plain Dealer and The Way of the World store objects that tell us what the characters own; they also describe the characters’ worth, both literally and metaphorically. Manly has placed his remaining fortune...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2001) 25 (3): 62–79.
Published: 01 September 2001
... to this condition by the grotesque appetites and idleness of his mother. Tommy tells his interlocutor, from whom he has just begged a bit of bread and cheese, that his mother does nothing to help maintain them, “for mammy says she was not brought up to work like poor folks...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (1): 41–65.
Published: 01 January 2015
... is usually perceived as ground” (159). A similar vigilance when it comes to the Irish joke, as the above exam- ple shows, can be no less rewarding for what it tells us about Irish migra- tion to England in the late seventeenth century. To turn the ground of Dryden’s joke into the figure...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (1): 88–96.
Published: 01 January 2007
... 88 8 9 literature than philosophy at about age sixteen. What is more surprising is that he tells us that Hume’s philosophical work was done by 1752, although not all the essays were written by then, and the History of England...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 63–92.
Published: 01 January 2014
.... Anecdotes may, through constant retelling, become ingrained within a community or a culture. But from their first conceptu- alization as a distinct genre, anecdotes have been expected to tell of some- thing new. Anecdote was introduced into English through the discovery and publication...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (2): 106–111.
Published: 01 April 2024
.... They also considered how its treatments of human sexuality may have contributed to those of our own cultural moment, to the stories that we continue to tell ourselves about bodies and pleasure. For scholars of the eighteenth century, this last inquiry began by considering how sexually explicit works from...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2006) 30 (2): 48–73.
Published: 01 April 2006
... 4 9 dren’s Books in England (reprinted in a new edition as late as 1999), tells of the “Fairy Tale wars” of the eighteenth century, wars between dull, earnest reformers (mostly women) and a few visionary souls like John Newberry and the young Romantic poets, who spoke up for the value...