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Routledge Library Editions: 18th Century Literature


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This 13 volume set contains titles, originally published between 1949 and 1991. Focusing on eighteenth-century England it includes titles which examine novels, drama and poetry from the time. There are titles that discuss the literature in a historical, sociological and political context as well as from a feminist perspective. Other texts look at the language and structure used in literature and how it has evolved over time. This collection will be of interest to students of literature and literary theory.

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Number and Pattern in the Eighteenth-Century Novel Defoe, Fielding, Smollett and Sterne

Number and Pattern in the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Defoe, Fielding, Smollett and Sterne

1st Edition

By Douglas Brooks
January 22, 2020

Numerological patterning in literature, where structural details of a literary work are symbolically related to its meaning on the verbal level, was particularly common from the Middle Ages up to the seventeenth century. Originally published in 1973, the author breaks new ground in revealing that ...

Before Jane Austen The Shaping of the English Novel in the Eighteenth Century

Before Jane Austen: The Shaping of the English Novel in the Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

By Harrison R. Steeves
January 22, 2020

Few centuries have seen greater changes in social perspective and guiding ideas than the eighteenth century; literature in every Western country was a powerful instrument not only in recording these changes but in bringing them about. In England, the rise and development of a new literary form – ...

Essays on the Eighteenth-Century English Stage

Essays on the Eighteenth-Century English Stage

1st Edition

Edited By Kenneth R. Richards, Peter Thomson
January 22, 2020

The eighteenth century produced more inventive actors than fine dramatists, and it displayed its actors to increasing advantage as theatre management became more expert, and stage design more ambitious. First published in 1972, the eleven papers collected in The Eighteenth-Century English Stage, ...

From Fiction to the Novel

From Fiction to the Novel

1st Edition

By Geoffrey Day
January 22, 2020

Originally published in 1987, this title is a comprehensive study focused on experimental forms in eighteenth-century fiction. It suggests that the eighteenth-century novel is misread because it is judged with the templates of nineteenth and twentieth century versions of ‘the novel’ in mind, rather...

Liberty and Poetics in Eighteenth Century England

Liberty and Poetics in Eighteenth Century England

1st Edition

By Michael Meehan
January 22, 2020

The qualities and achievements of eighteenth century English literature have suffered denigration as a result of a prevailing Whig interpretation of literary history. It is the contention of this book, originally published in 1986, that an alternative form of Whig interpretation is possible and ...

Literature and Crime in Augustan England

Literature and Crime in Augustan England

1st Edition

By Ian A. Bell
January 22, 2020

Eighteenth-century England saw an explosion of writings about deviance. In literature, in the law, and in the press, writers returned again and again to the question of crime and criminals. While the extension of the legal system formalised the power of the state to categorise and punish ‘deviance’...

Literature and the Social Order in Eighteenth-Century England

Literature and the Social Order in Eighteenth-Century England

1st Edition

Edited By Stephen Copley
January 22, 2020

Recent scholarship had emphasised the importance of a number of non-literary, economic and social debates to the understanding of Augustan Literature. Debates over the place of land, money, credit and luxury in society, as well as strands of radical thinking, are prominent throughout the period. ...

Routledge Library Editions: 18th Century Literature 13 Volume Set

Routledge Library Editions: 18th Century Literature: 13 Volume Set

1st Edition

By Various
January 22, 2020

This 13 volume set contains titles, originally published between 1949 and 1991. Focusing on eighteenth-century England it includes titles which examine novels, drama and poetry from the time. There are titles that discuss the literature in a historical, sociological and political context as well as...

The Augustan World Life and Letters in Eighteenth-Century England

The Augustan World: Life and Letters in Eighteenth-Century England

1st Edition

By A. R. Humphreys
January 22, 2020

The outlook of writers in the eighteenth century was profoundly influenced by the social and intellectual interests of Augustan life. Originally published in 1954, this book aims to describe that influence, and to set the literature of the period in its social environment with a critical attention....

The Eighteenth Century The Context of English Literature

The Eighteenth Century: The Context of English Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Pat Rogers
January 22, 2020

The aim of this book, originally published in 1978, is to make the reading of literary classics such as Gulliver’s Travels, Robinson Crusoe, Tom Jones, The Beggar’s Opera and Tristram Shandy an even richer experience by giving them an intelligible place in history. The ‘context’ is seen not as a ...

The Language of Natural Description in Eighteenth-Century Poetry

The Language of Natural Description in Eighteenth-Century Poetry

1st Edition

By John Arthos
January 22, 2020

Originally published in 1949, this title was written in order to help establish a better understanding of the ‘stock diction’ of eighteenth-century English poetry, and, in particular, of the diction commonly used in the description of nature. The language characteristic of so much of the poetry of ...

The Third Earl of Shaftesbury A Study in Eighteenth-Century Literary Theory

The Third Earl of Shaftesbury: A Study in Eighteenth-Century Literary Theory

1st Edition

By R.L. Brett
January 22, 2020

The third Earl of Shaftesbury had generally been known as the forerunner of the Moral Sense school of philosophers in the eighteenth century. Surprisingly little attention had been paid to his importance for literature and yet undoubtedly this had been very great. Originally published in 1951, this...

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