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Ossian and Ossianism

Ossian and Ossianism

Dafydd Moore
July 22, 2004

James Macpherson's The Poems of Ossian (1760-1763) were one of the publishing sensations of the eighteenth century. Macpherson's supposed discovery of the epic poet Ossian in the Scottish Highlands provoked fascination and controversy in equal measure. His vision of a romantic Celtic past of...

Shakespeare Imitations, Parodies and Forgeries

Shakespeare Imitations, Parodies and Forgeries

Jeffrey Kahan
May 20, 2004

Shakespeare Imitations is a collection of all-but-forgotten Shakespearean plays, composed between 1710 and 1820. These imitations, parodies and forgeries reveal the biases of eighteenth-century Shakespeare in London theatre. But these plays are far from derivative. Indeed, rather than simply...

Romanticism and Science: Subcultures and Subversions

Romanticism and Science: Subcultures and Subversions

Tim Fulford
June 20, 2002

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is perhaps the best-known and most widely studied literary representation of science. Yet it is by no means the only text of its time to fictionalize the latest experiments and discoveries of natural philosophers. Science was burgeoning in the years 1760-1840,...

Radical Food: The Culture and Politics of Eating and Drinking 1790-1820

Radical Food: The Culture and Politics of Eating and Drinking 1790-1820

Tim Morton
September 07, 2000

This three-volume set examines the cultural and literary history of food in the eighteenth century. It reprints exemplary texts from this fascinating and diverse subculture, which was gaining strength in a period of rapid urbanization, industrialization and revolutionary politics. Highlights...

Sexual Outcasts: 1750-1850

Sexual Outcasts: 1750-1850

Ian McCormick
February 10, 2000

Sexual Outcasts presents a wide range of texts selected to illustrate the diversity of responses to the concealed body and to the secret or forbidden sexual practices of 1750-1850. Each volume follows the means by which prohibitions and taboos were produced and circulated. The reader can therefore...

Cult Criminals: The Newgate Novels (1830-47)

Cult Criminals: The Newgate Novels (1830-47)

Juliet John
January 01, 1998

Cult Criminals is a set of early Victorian novels 'sensationally' popular with readers and of immense influence in the development of the novel form. All six novels, commonly labelled 'Newgate' novels, scandalized the Victorians by glamorizing criminals and led to a bitter literary controversy...

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