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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (3): 1–28.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Adam Budd Duke University Press 2007 Why Clarissa Must Die: Richardson’s Tragedy and Editorial Heroism Adam Budd University of Edinburgh When Samuel Richardson released the final...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2022) 46 (1): 56–78.
Published: 01 January 2022
...David Francis Taylor Much recent criticism of Joseph Addison's Cato (1713) regards the tragedy as determinedly resistant to its eponymous protagonist's stoic heroism. Cato , it is argued, critiques Cato. But this wasn't how Addison's immediate contemporaries experienced the play. For many...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2019) 43 (3): 23–40.
Published: 01 September 2019
... to 1770 (1809) and its composition following her mastectomy in 1811. Many of the themes in “Consolatory Extracts” suggest that Burney’s memorializing of Susan is similarly borne out in her fictional works, particularly her unfinished tragedy Elberta (1785–1814) and her novel The Wanderer (1814...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (3): 110–114.
Published: 01 September 2007
... how the particular form of the woman-centered tragedy of 1680 to 1715 did, in fact, encourage a problematic voyeuristic experience that makes the cinematic theory applicable. Acknowledging the paucity of fi rsthand reports, Marsden turns next to the female spectator as constructed in debates...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2008) 32 (2): 138–158.
Published: 01 April 2008
... nomic authority. Actual women engaged in rivalries kept heroic tragedies such as Nathaniel Lee’s The Rival Queens, and other plays resembling it, viable. The characteristic scene of two women locked in combat remained a staple of the genre from The Mourning Bride (Zara-Alemeria), to All for Love...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (1): 1–29.
Published: 01 January 2012
... of Shakespeare’s legacy — the supernatural plot and the mixture of tragedy and comedy — and to put them to proud use.6 As I will show below, the British propensity for macabre theatrical display was no less controversial in Wal- pole’s day, and it likewise drew considerable negative attention, but while...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (2): 92–114.
Published: 01 April 2009
.... Drama provides more scope for, and a stronger tradition of, sentimen- tal distress than poetry. Plays, particularly historical tragedies, were often used to comment on contemporary war, and many incorporate instances of cruelty and suffering.24 Arthur Murphy exploits the immediacy of perfor- mance...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2012) 36 (3): 112–122.
Published: 01 September 2012
..., not character, is the true focus of the novel. In this sense, she rejects the familiar labeling of novels as “anti-­tragic,” because they invert the relationship between character and plot that we find in tragedy, another of Watt’s claims that has met with wide acceptance. In classic tragedy, of course...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 95–100.
Published: 01 January 2021
... on the front cover. McLaverty is sole editor of the two most substantial (and hitherto unpublished) texts in the collection, Hervey s verse translation of part of Fénelon s Les Aventures de Télémaque (1699) and his unperformed verse tragedy Agrippina. It is clear that in completing Overton s work, McLaverty...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (3): 83–86.
Published: 01 September 2015
... other plays (sometimes his own). They vary widely in tone and subject matter, from domestic comedy, to ballad opera, to mock-tragedy, to satire, to outright burlesque, and in form, from the short single-act afterpiece, to the traditional five-act drama, with many variations in between. What...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (3): 99–123.
Published: 01 September 2003
... discussions on an unsolvable problem. Both Anna and Clarissa’s inability to translate proverbs into action that avoids tragedy and Lovelace’s misappropriation of his uncle’s wisdom must be accounted for if the epistemological anxieties the text produces are to be allayed. How do readers know what...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2014) 38 (1): 107–112.
Published: 01 January 2014
... attested heroes enable readers to make a powerful emotional connection that depends on belief — ​not suspending disbelief, but just believing. (Comedy is an excep- tion to this, as it deals with invented characters, but as a low form it does not move one in the way that tragedy or epic does...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2006) 30 (3): 51–77.
Published: 01 September 2006
... produced in London. The fi rst act of Brutus was, in fact, originally written in English. Consequently, the plays have been understood as infl uenced by English notions of liberty. In his preface to Brutus from Discours sur la tragédie à Mylord Bolinbroke in Oeuvres Complètes de Voltaire, 54 vols...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 140–150.
Published: 01 April 2013
... of the world that permits this immeasurable tragedy and injustice” (207). Mourning Happiness means finally to foster in us the intransigent “will to make a world of happiness before another person dies whom we must pro- nounce unhappy” (410). MacIntyre has of late allowed his works to be described...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 30–65.
Published: 01 April 2015
..., Number 2, April 2015  doi 10.1215/00982601-2875329 Copyright 2015 by Duke University Press 30 The Histrionic Mirror and Georgian-Era Performance 3 1 Upon our Stage two Glasses oft there be, The Comick Mirrour, and the Tragedy...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (1): 24–45.
Published: 01 January 2002
... of Great Britain,” William Tasker urged Britain to rouse herself to defeat the aggressors;5 in the summer of 1778 Richard Cumberland’s tragedy The Battle of Hastings told a tale of forlorn Saxon daring and love in troubled times; at the Haymarket George Colman revived John...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2009) 33 (1): 19–27.
Published: 01 January 2009
... liberation and equal rights, Astell, Rowe, and similar writers did more to advance the status of women in their time than Behn did in hers. Staves’s appreciation of Astell’s wit, Rowe’s sublimity, Catherine Trotter’s domestic tragedy, and Judith Drake’s engaging defense of women’s role in the “public...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2011) 35 (1): 216–220.
Published: 01 January 2011
.... $99 Reiko Oya. Representing Shakespearean Tragedy: Garrick, the Kembles, and Kean (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ., 2007). Pp. xii + 244. 20 ills. $95 Stuart Sillars. The Illustrated Shakespeare, 1709–1875 (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ., 2008). Pp. xxii + 394. 151 b/w + 16 color ills. $120...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2003) 27 (2): 108–117.
Published: 01 April 2003
... and culturally mixed; and the Old English, the cultural fathers ultimately of the Catholic Irish nation, were what their name said they were and were staunchly loyal to the Crown. Intimacy and interbreeding were basic to the scene, deepening its tensions and tragedy. There are excellent essays...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) 39 (2): 81–86.
Published: 01 April 2015
... critical public might conduct itself. Mr. Dan- gle “hate[s] all politics but theatrical politics” and refuses to see any nonthe- atrical significance in “a new tragedy in rehearsal . . . ​call’d the SPANISH ARMADA,” even though the nation had been gripped by fears of French invasion for months. Mrs...