18th Century Literature Products

  • Sentiment and the Magdalen Hospital

    Luxury, Virtue and the Senses in Eighteenth-Century Culture

    By Mary Peace

    Sentimentalism became popular in the eighteenth century, part of the philosophical idea that truth is founded on emotion or moral sentiment. Peace uses the London Magdalen Hospital for Penitent Prostitutes as a prism through which to explore the sentimental writing of this period.…

    Hardback – 2016-05-15 

  • The Gothic's Gothic

    Study Aids to the Tradition of The Tale of Terror

    By Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV

    First published in 1988, this book aims to provide keys to the study of Gothicism in British and American literature. It gathers together much material that had not been cited in previous works of this kind and secondary works relevant to literary Gothicism — biographies, memoirs and graphic arts.…

    Hardback – 2016-04-18 

  • Refugee Nuns, the French Revolution, and British Literature and Culture

    By Tonya J. Moutray

    In eighteenth-century literature, negative representations of Catholic nuns and convents were pervasive. Yet, during the politico-religious crises initiated by the French Revolution, a striking literary shift took place as British writers championed the cause of nuns, lauded their socially relevant…

    Hardback – 2016-04-08 

  • The French Language and British Literature, 1756-1830

    By Marcus Tomalin

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-04-06 

  • Speech, Print and Decorum in Britain, 1600-1750

    Studies in Social Rank and Communication

    By Elspeth Jajdelska

    Filling an important gap in the history of print and reading, Elspeth Jajdelska offers a new account of the changing relationship between speech, rank and writing from 1600 to 1750. Jajdelska draws on anthropological findings to shed light on the different ways that speech was understood to relate…

    Hardback – 2016-04-01 

  • The First German Theatre

    Schiller, Goethe, Kleist and Büchner in Performance

    By Michael Patterson

    First published in 1990. The book surveys of the development of German theatre from a market sideshow into an important element of cultural life and political expression. It examines Schiller as ‘theatre poet’ at Mannheim, Goethe’s work as director of the court theatre at Weimar, and then traces…

    Hardback – 2016-03-30 

  • Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity

    By Christopher Borsing

    Based on close reading of a representative range of Defoe’s writing, Borsing presents a study of Defoe’s engagement with the concept of personal identity, exploring his construction of personae, his forays into different literary genres and the role of religion in his philosophy.…

    Hardback – 2016-03-01 

  • Imitation (Routledge Revivals)

    By Joel Weinsheimer

    In this book, first published in 1984, Joel Weinsheimer advocates revitalizing the practice of imitating literature as a mode appropriate for literary critics as well as artists. The book is not only about imitation; it is itself an imitation, specifically of Samuel Johnson. As both the focus and…

    Paperback – 2016-02-05
    Routledge Revivals

  • Jonathan Swift (Routledge Revivals)

    Political Writer

    By Alan Downie

    First published in 1984, this biography gives an account of Jonathan Swift’s political ideas and provides a critical commentary on his major works. With its emphasis on Swift as a political writer, the title offers a revision of the prevailing view of Swift’s politics and its application in the…

    Paperback – 2016-02-05
    Routledge Revivals

  • The Wildness Pleases

    The Origins of Romanticism

    By Christopher Thacker

    First published in 1983. This book charts the growth of Romanticism from the initial reactions to the authoritarian classicism of Louis XIV, through the ‘codification’ of the Sublime by Burke in the 1750s, to the fascination with mystery, fear and violence which dominated the writing of the late…

    Hardback – 2016-02-05

  • Shelley's Style

    By William Keach

    First published 1984. In a provocative study, this book argues that the problems posed by Shelley’s notoriously difficult style must be understood in relation to his ambivalence towards language itself as an artistic medium — the tension between the potential of language to mirror emotional…

    Hardback – 2016-02-01

  • Wordsworth's Historical Imagination (Routledge Revivals)

    The Poetry of Displacement

    By David Simpson

    Traditionally, Wordsworth’s greatness is founded on his identity as the poet of nature and solitude. The Wordsworthian imagination is seen as an essentially private faculty, its very existence premised on the absence of other people. In this title, first published in 1987, David Simpson challenges…

    Paperback – 2016-01-08
    Routledge Revivals

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