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Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century
Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century

Hervey, Johnson, Smith, Equiano

Sider Jost, Jacob

Can a single word explain the world? In the British eighteenth century, interest comes close: it lies at the foundation of the period’s thinking about finance, economics...


Prose Immortality, 1711-1819
Prose Immortality, 1711-1819
Sider Jost, Jacob

Writers have always aspired to immortality, using their works to preserve their patrons, their loved ones, and themselves beyond death. For Pindar, Horace, and Shakespeare, the...


The Shortest Way with Defoe
The Shortest Way with Defoe

Robinson Crusoe, Deism, and the Novel

Prince, Michael B.

A scholarly and imaginative reconstruction of the voyage Daniel Defoe took from the pillory to literary immortality, The Shortest Way with Defoe contends that ...


Novel Ventures
Novel Ventures

Fiction and Print Culture in England, 1690-1730

Orr, Leah

The eighteenth century British book trade marks the beginning of the literary marketplace as we know it. The lapsing of the Licensing Act in 1695 brought an end to pre-...


Sifilografía
Sifilografía

A History of the Writerly Pox in the Eighteenth-Century Hispanic World

González Espitia, Juan Carlos

Syphilis was a prevalent affliction in the era of the Americas’ colonization, creating widespread anxiety that is indicated in the period’s literature across numerous fields....


The Problem of Profit
The Problem of Profit

Finance and Feeling in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Genovese, Michael

Attacks against the pursuit of profit in eighteenth-century Britain have been largely read as reactions against market activity in general or as critiques of financial...


Nervous Fictions
Nervous Fictions

Literary Form and the Enlightenment Origins of Neuroscience

Keiser, Jess

"The brain contains ten thousand cells," wrote the poet Matthew Prior in 1718, "in each some active fancy dwells." In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, just as...


Reading Popular Newtonianism
Reading Popular Newtonianism

Print, the Principia, and the Dissemination of Newtonian Science

Miller, Laura

Sir Isaac Newton’s publications, and those he inspired, were among the most significant works published during the long eighteenth century in Britain. Concepts such as...


Ossianic Unconformities
Ossianic Unconformities

Bardic Poetry in the Industrial Age

Gidal, Eric

In a sequence of publications in the 1760s, James Macpherson, a Scottish schoolteacher in the central Highlands, created fantastic epics of ancient heroes and presented them as...


Sight Correction
Sight Correction

Vision and Blindness in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Mounsey, Chris

The debut publication in a new series devoted to the body as an object of historical study,  Sight Correction provides an expansive analysis of blindness in eighteenth-...


Raving at Usurers
Raving at Usurers

Anti-Finance and the Ethics of Uncertainty in England, 1690-1750

Codr, Dwight

In Raving at Usurers, Dwight Codr explores the complex intersection of religion, economics, ethics, and literature in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England....


The Eighteenth Centuries
The Eighteenth Centuries

Global Networks of Enlightenment

Gies, David T., Wall, Cynthia

Today, when "globalization" is a buzzword invoked in nearly every realm, we turn back to the eighteenth century and witness the inherent globalization of its desires and, at...


Black Cosmopolitans
Black Cosmopolitans

Race, Religion, and Republicanism in an Age of Revolution

Levecq, Christine

Black Cosmopolitans examines the lives and thought of three extraordinary black men—Jacobus Capitein, Jean-Baptiste Belley, and John Marrant—who traveled extensively...


Unnatural Frenchmen
Unnatural Frenchmen

The Politics of Priestly Celibacy and Marriage, 1720-1815

Cage, E. Claire

In Enlightenment and revolutionary France, new and pressing arguments emerged in the long debate over clerical celibacy. Appeals for the abolition of celibacy were couched...


Without the Novel
Without the Novel

Romance and the History of Prose Fiction

Black, Scott

No genre manifests the pleasure of reading—and its power to consume and enchant—more than romance. In suspending the category of the novel to rethink the way prose fiction...


Nationalizing France's Army
Nationalizing France's Army

Foreign, Black, and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831

Tozzi, Christopher J.

Before the French Revolution, tens of thousands of foreigners served in France’s army. They included troops from not only all parts of Europe but also places as far away as...


Be It Ever So Humble
Be It Ever So Humble

Poverty, Fiction, and the Invention of the Middle-Class Home

MacKenzie, Scott R.

Before the rise of private homes as we now understand them, the realm of personal, private, and local relations in England was the parish, which was also the sphere of poverty...


Questioning Nature
Questioning Nature

British Women's Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830

Bailes, Melissa

In the mid-eighteenth century, many British authors and literary critics anxiously claimed that poetry was in crisis. These writers complained that modern poets plagiarized...


Reading Contagion
Reading Contagion

The Hazards of Reading in the Age of Print

Mann, Annika

Eighteenth-century British culture was transfixed by the threat of contagion, believing that everyday elements of the surrounding world could transmit deadly maladies from one...


No Tomorrow
No Tomorrow

The Ethics of Pleasure in the French Enlightenment

Cusset, Catherine

Winner of the 1996 Walker Cowen Memorial Prize, Catherine Cusset's No Tomorrow traces the moral meaning of pleasure in several libertine works of the eighteenth-century—Watteau...


Public Vows
Public Vows

Fictions of Marriage in the English Enlightenment

Ganz, Melissa J.

In eighteenth-century England, the institution of marriage became the subject of heated debates, as clerics, jurists, legislators, philosophers, and social observers began...


Spectacular Suffering
Spectacular Suffering

Witnessing Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic

Mallipeddi, Ramesh

Spectacular Suffering focuses on commodification and discipline, two key dimensions of Atlantic slavery through which black bodies were turned into things in the...


Wild Enlightenment
Wild Enlightenment

The Borders of Human Identity in the Eighteenth Century

Nash, Richard

Wild Enlightenment charts the travels of the figure of the wild man, in each of his guises, through the invented domain of the bourgeois public sphere. We follow him...


Beyond 1776
Beyond 1776

Globalizing the Cultures of the American Revolution

O'Malley, Maria, Van Renen, Denys

In Beyond 1776, ten humanities scholars consider the American Revolution within a global framework. The foundation of the United States was deeply enmeshed with shifting...


Empiricist Devotions
Empiricist Devotions

Science, Religion, and Poetry in Early Eighteenth-Century England

Smith, Courtney Weiss

Featuring a moment in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England before the disciplinary divisions that we inherit today were established, Empiricist Devotions...


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