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British Literature in Context in the Long Eighteenth Century: British Literature in the Eighteenth Century


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This series aims to promote original scholarship on the intersection of British literature and history in the long eighteenth century, from the Restoration through the first generation of the Romantic era. Both "literature" and "history" are broadly conceived. Literature might include not only canonical novels, poems, and plays but also essays, life-writing, and belles lettres of all sorts, by both major and minor authors. History might include not only traditional political and social history but also the history of the book, the history of science, the history of religion, the history of scholarship, and the history of sexuality, as well as broader questions of historiography and periodization. The series editors invite proposals for both monographs and collections taking a wide range of approaches. Contributions may be interdisciplinary but should be grounded in sound historical research. All manuscripts should be written so as to be accessible to a wide audience while also making lasting contributions to the field.

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Telling the Time in British Literature, 1675-1830 Hours of Folly?

Telling the Time in British Literature, 1675-1830: Hours of Folly?

1st Edition

By Marcus Tomalin
April 15, 2020

Although the broad topic of time and literature in the long eighteenth century has received focused attention from successive generations of literary critics, this book adopts a radically new approach to the subject. Taking inspiration from recent revisionist accounts of the horological practices ...

Sound, Space and Civility in the British World, 1700-1850

Sound, Space and Civility in the British World, 1700-1850

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Denney, Bruce Buchan, David Ellison, Karen Crawley
November 20, 2018

In this collection, the essays examine the critical role that judgments about noise and sound played in framing the meaning of civility in British discourse and literature during the long eighteenth century. The volume restores the sonic dimension to conversations about civil conduct by exploring ...

Painting the Novel Pictorial Discourse in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

Painting the Novel: Pictorial Discourse in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction

1st Edition

By Jakub Lipski
December 21, 2017

Painting the Novel: Pictorial Discourse in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction focuses on the interrelationship between eighteenth-century theories of the novel and the art of painting – a subject which has not yet been undertaken in a book-length study. This volume argues that throughout the ...

Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination

Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination

1st Edition

By Srividhya Swaminathan, Adam R. Beach
October 19, 2016

In the eighteenth century, audiences in Great Britain understood the term ’slavery’ to refer to a range of physical and metaphysical conditions beyond the transatlantic slave trade. Literary representations of slavery encompassed tales of Barbary captivity, the ’exotic’ slaving practices of the ...

Graveyard Poetry Religion, Aesthetics and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition

Graveyard Poetry: Religion, Aesthetics and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition

1st Edition

By Eric Parisot
October 10, 2016

While immensely popular in the eighteenth century, current critical wisdom regards graveyard poetry as a short-lived fad with little lasting merit. In the first book-length study of this important poetic mode, Eric Parisot suggests, to the contrary, that graveyard poetry is closely connected to the...

Restoration Stage Comedies and Hollywood Remarriage Films In conversation with Stanley Cavell

Restoration Stage Comedies and Hollywood Remarriage Films: In conversation with Stanley Cavell

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Kraft
October 05, 2016

In Restoration Stage Comedies and Hollywood Remarriage Films, Elizabeth Kraft brings the canon of Restoration comedy into the conversation initiated by Stanley Cavell in his book Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Before there could be imagined remarriages of the sort Cavell...

Gender and Space in British Literature, 1660-1820

Gender and Space in British Literature, 1660-1820

1st Edition

By Mona Narain, Karen Gevirtz
August 26, 2016

Between 1660 and 1820, Great Britain experienced significant structural transformations in class, politics, economy, print, and writing that produced new and varied spaces and with them, new and reconfigured concepts of gender. In mapping the relationship between gender and space in British ...

Christopher Smart's English Lyrics Translation in the Eighteenth Century

Christopher Smart's English Lyrics: Translation in the Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

By Rosalind Powell
November 05, 2014

In the first full-length study of Christopher Smart’s translations and the place and function of translation in Smart’s poetry, Rosalind Powell proposes a new approach to understanding the relationship between Smart’s poetics and his practice. Drawing on translation theory from the early modern ...

Making Gender, Culture, and the Self in the Fiction of Samuel Richardson The Novel Individual

Making Gender, Culture, and the Self in the Fiction of Samuel Richardson: The Novel Individual

1st Edition

By Bonnie Latimer
March 18, 2016

Proposing that Samuel Richardson's novels were crucial for the construction of female individuality in the mid-eighteenth century, Bonnie Latimer shows that Richardson's heroines are uniquely conceived as individuals who embody the agency and self-determination implied by that term. In addition to ...

Bluestockings Now! The Evolution of a Social Role

Bluestockings Now!: The Evolution of a Social Role

1st Edition

Edited By Deborah Heller
April 07, 2016

Bringing together top specialists in the field, this edited volume challenges the theory that the eighteenth-century British intellectual women known as the Bluestockings were an isolated phenomenon spanning the period from the 1750s through the 1790s. On the contrary, the contributors suggest, the...

The French Language and British Literature, 1756-1830

The French Language and British Literature, 1756-1830

1st Edition

By Marcus Tomalin
April 07, 2016

From the 1750s to the 1830s, numerous British intellectuals, novelists, essayists, poets, playwrights, translators, educationalists, politicians, businessmen, travel writers, and philosophers brooded about the merits and demerits of the French language. The decades under consideration encompass a ...

British Sporting Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century

British Sporting Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

By Sharon Harrow
October 06, 2015

Sport as it is largely understood today was invented during the long eighteenth century when the modern rules of sport were codified; sport emerged as a business, a spectacle, and a performance; and gaming organized itself around sporting culture. Examining the underexplored intersection of sport, ...

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