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Mind over Matter
Mind over Matter

Memory Fiction from Daniel Defoe to Jane Austen

Eron, Sarah

How do we understand memory in the early novel? Departing from traditional empiricist conceptualizations of remembering, Mind over Matter uncovers a social model of...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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-...


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-...


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...


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-...


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...


Sapphic Crossings
Sapphic Crossings

Cross-Dressing Women in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Klein, Ula Lukszo

Across the eighteenth century in Britain, readers, writers, and theater-goers were fascinated by women who dressed in men’s clothing—from actresses on stage who showed their...


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-...


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...


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....


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