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  • 5 May 2022
    Amanda Hiner, Elizabeth Tasker Davis

    Was satire a literary boys’ club in the 18th century?

    For centuries, scholars have characterized eighteenth-century literary satire as an aggressive and specifically masculine practice and genre. This perception is clearly apparent in twentieth-century literary theory, in which critical investigations of satire focused almost exclusively on a handful of male writers (Pope, Swift, Dryden, Rochester, etc.) and repeatedly affirmed that, in the words of David […]

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  • 2 Mar 2022
    Shane Herron

    Irony and Earnestness in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    Political astrology is one of those idiosyncratic 18th century genres that seem bizarre to the modern sensibility.[1] Despite this unfamiliarity, I would suggest that a close analogue of political astrology has fiercely reasserted itself in the guise of the so-called “QAnon” conspiracy theory. Initially an obscure phenomenon relegated to the internet demimonde, it gradually began […]

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  • 11 Jan 2022
    Pat Rogers

    The Shortest Way into Eighteenth Century Britain

    Arguably, Daniel Defoe’s Tour thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-26) is the single most comprehensive, detailed and insightful guide we have to the state of the nation as it moved into the modern era. Does that claim look over the top? If so, let’s see how the argument runs. For starters, we shouldn’t […]

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  • 30 Apr 2021
    James Harriman-Smith

    Criticism, Performance, and the Passions in the Eighteenth Century

    Back in the 1700s, the first performance of an actor in the patent theatres would often be under some anonymous title like ‘A Gentleman (who never appear’d on any stage)’. Sometimes, actors even pushed this a bit further, and maintained a kind of pseudo-anonymity in later performances, using titles like ‘the Gentleman who perform’d King […]

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  • 19 Jun 2020
    Valerie Rumbold

    Swift in Print

    Some reasons for writing a book are obvious from the start, but others emerge more slowly. With Swift in Print: Published Texts in Dublin and London, 1691-1765, I knew from the outset that I wanted to focus on the material books, pamphlets and papers in which Swift’s works were first published, because I wanted to […]

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  • 8 Jan 2020
    Jennifer Keith

    Anne Finch and the “publick view”

    Long before I decided to work on a scholarly edition of Anne Finch’s work, I was drawn to her distinctive voice. I first heard it as an undergraduate student in the 1980s, but in the least propitious circumstances. A professor who admired Alexander Pope’s poetry asked the class to turn to just one of the […]

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