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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...


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...


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...


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-...


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...


A World of Disorderly Notions
A World of Disorderly Notions

Quixote and the Logic of Exceptionalism

Hanlon, Aaron R.

Shortlisted for the Kenshur Prize for Best Book in Eighteenth-Century Studies from the Indiana University Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies

From Jonathan...


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...


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...


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...


Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel
Utopian Geographies and the Early English Novel
Pearl, Jason H.

Historians of the Enlightenment have studied the period’s substantial advances in world cartography, as well as the decline of utopia imagined in geographic terms. Literary...


The Usufructuary Ethos
The Usufructuary Ethos

Power, Politics, and Environment in the Long Eighteenth Century

Drew, Erin

Who has the right to decide how nature is used, and in what ways? Recovering an overlooked thread of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century environmental thought, Erin Drew shows...


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...


Botanical Entanglements
Botanical Entanglements

Women, Natural Science, and the Arts in Eighteenth-Century England

Sagal, Anna K.

To this day, women face barriers in entering scientific professions, and in earlier eras the challenges were greater still. But in Botanical Entanglements, Anna Sagal...


Against the Map
Against the Map

The Politics of Geography in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Sills, Adam

Over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the increasing accuracy and legibility of cartographic projections, the proliferation of empirically based...


Staging Civilization
Staging Civilization

A Transnational History of French Theater in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Markovits, Rahul

Eighteenth-century France is understood to have been the dominant cultural power on that era’s international scene. Considering the emblematic case of the theater, Rahul...


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...


Anecdotes of Enlightenment
Anecdotes of Enlightenment

Human Nature from Locke to Wordsworth

Wood, James Robert

Anecdotes of Enlightenment is the first literary history of the anecdote in English. In this wide-ranging account, James Robert Wood explores the animating effects...


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...


Memoirs on the Life and Travels of Thomas Hammond, 1748-1775
Memoirs on the Life and Travels of Thomas Hammond, 1748-1775
Hammond, Thomas, Boulukos, George E.

A lavishly illustrated manuscript from the eighteenth century now being published for the first time, Thomas Hammond's memoirs are a major discovery. Hammond was a self-...


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...


After Print
After Print

Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Cultures

King, Rachael Scarborough

The eighteenth century has generally been understood as the Age of Print, when the new medium revolutionized the literary world and rendered manuscript culture obsolete. ...


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...


We Are Kings
We Are Kings

Political Theology and the Making of a Modern Individual

Jackson, Spencer

When British and American leaders today talk of the nation—whether it is Boris Johnson, Barack Obama, or Donald Trump—they do so, in part, in terms established by eighteenth-...


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...


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