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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 ...


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...


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...


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-...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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. ...


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...


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-...


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-...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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