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Castration, Impotence, and Emasculation in the Long Eighteenth Century

Castration, Impotence, and Emasculation in the Long Eighteenth Century

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Anne Leah Greenfield
December 11, 2019

This essay collection examines one of the most fearsome, fascinating, and hotly-discussed topics of the long eighteenth century: masculinity compromised. During this timespan, there was hardly a literary or artistic genre that did not feature unmanning regularly and prominently: from harrowing...

Nation-Space in Enlightenment Britain: An Archaeology of Empire

Nation-Space in Enlightenment Britain: An Archaeology of Empire

1st Edition

Mita Choudhury
March 12, 2019

Nation-Space in Enlightenment Britain: An Archaeology of Empire is a provocative intervention that extends considerably the parameters of on-going dialogues about British identity during the Enlightenment. Thoughtfully interdisciplinary and with an allegiance to the culture which literary...

Moral Cupidity and Lettres de cachet in Diderot’s Writing

Moral Cupidity and Lettres de cachet in Diderot’s Writing

1st Edition

Jennifer Vanderheyden
January 07, 2019

This volume explores the influence of the lettre de cachet on both Diderot’s personal life and his works, beginning with an examination of Diderot’s experience as recipient of two such arrest warrants, followed by an analysis of his references to these warrants in three of his fictional works, Le...

Before Crusoe: Defoe, Voice, and the Ministry

Before Crusoe: Defoe, Voice, and the Ministry

1st Edition

Penny Pritchard
November 30, 2018

Penny Pritchard is a Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature, and has taught at the University of Hertfordshire since completing her PhD in 2006. Both her doctoral thesis (entitled ‘Defoe, Rhetoric, and Nonconformity’) and MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies were undertaken at the University...

On Declaring Love: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Jane Austen

On Declaring Love: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Jane Austen

1st Edition

Fred Parker
November 13, 2018

"What did she say? – Just what she ought, of course. A lady always does." This book explores the act of declaring love in works of literature written between the middle of the eighteenth century and the death of Jane Austen - and uncovers the uncertain boundaries of the self in the force-field of...

Mary Wollstonecraft, Pedagogy, and the Practice of Feminism

Mary Wollstonecraft, Pedagogy, and the Practice of Feminism

1st Edition

Kirstin Hanley
August 23, 2018

This study examines Mary Wollstonecraft—generally recognized as the founder of the early feminist movement—by shedding light on her contributions to eighteenth-century instructional literature, and feminist pedagogy in particular. While contemporary scholars have extensively theorized...

Reimagining Society in 18th Century French Literature: Happiness and Human Rights

Reimagining Society in 18th Century French Literature: Happiness and Human Rights

1st Edition

Jonas Ross Kjærgård
June 08, 2018

The French revolutionary shift from monarchical to popular sovereignty came clothed in a new political language, a significant part of which was a strange coupling of happiness and rights. In Old Regime ideology, Frenchmen were considered subjects who had no need of understanding why what was...

Errors and Reconciliations: Marriage in the Plays and Novels of Henry Fielding

Errors and Reconciliations: Marriage in the Plays and Novels of Henry Fielding

1st Edition

Anaclara Castro-Santana
March 26, 2018

Henry Fielding is most well-known for his monumental novel Tom Jones. Though not necessarily common knowledge, Henry Fielding started his literary career as a dramatist and eventually transitioned to writing novels. Though vastly different in their approach and subject, there is a common thread in...

Political Economy, Literature & the Formation of Knowledge, 1720-1850

Political Economy, Literature & the Formation of Knowledge, 1720-1850

1st Edition

Richard Adelman, Catherine Packham
March 13, 2018

This edited collection, Political Economy, Literature & the Formation of Knowledge, aims to address the genealogy and formation of political economy as a knowledge project from 1720 to 1850. Through individual essays on both literary and political economic writers, this volume defines and...

Wordsworth Before Coleridge: The Growth of the Poet’s Philosophical Mind, 1785-1797

Wordsworth Before Coleridge: The Growth of the Poet’s Philosophical Mind, 1785-1797

1st Edition

Mark J. Bruhn
February 15, 2018

Drawing extensively upon archival resources and manuscript evidence, Wordsworth Before Coleridge rewrites the early history of Wordsworth’s intellectual development and thereby overturns a century-old consensus that derives his most important philosophical ideas from Coleridge. Beginning with...

The Future of Feminist Eighteenth-Century Scholarship: Beyond Recovery

The Future of Feminist Eighteenth-Century Scholarship: Beyond Recovery

1st Edition

Robin Runia
November 16, 2017

There is an unfortunate argument being made that feminist scholarship of eighteenth-century literary studies has fulfilled its potential in academic circles. The Future of Eighteenth-Century Feminist Scholarship: Beyond Recovery shows us otherwise. Each of the essays in this volume reaffirms the...

Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity

Daniel Defoe and the Representation of Personal Identity

1st Edition

Christopher Borsing
September 08, 2016

The concept of a personal identity was a contentious issue in the early eighteenth century. John Locke’s philosophical discussion of personal identity in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding fostered a public debate upon the status of an immortal Christian soul. This book argues that Defoe, like...

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