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Allusion  

Marcus Walsh

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Oct 2016
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Dec 2016
Beginning with an examination of some of the ways in which allusion was conceptualized in the eighteenth century, this chapter focuses on verbal literary allusion, which exists on the ... More

American Constitutional Elegy  

Max Cavitch

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the American constitutional elegy. It argues that American national difference in literature can be tracked in the terms of its engagement with specifically American ... More

‘Anguish no Cessation Knows’: Elegy and the British Woman Poet, 1660–1834  

Anne K. Mellor

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article addresses the female-authored elegy. By far the greatest number of elegies penned by women between 1660 and 1834 confront the loss of a dearly beloved family member or friend. ... More

Anonymity in the Eighteenth Century  

Gillian Paku

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Aug 2015
Most eighteenth-century texts appeared without the author’s proper name on the title page. This absence could signal a writer’s modesty or scurrility, or the absence could result from ... More

The Anti-Jacobin Novel  

M. O. Grenby

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2013
This essay investigates the conservative, loyalist fiction published in Britain during the French Revolution and its aftermath. A substantial number and a wide variety of these novels were ... More

Antinomies of the Twenty-First-Century Neobaroque: Cormac McCarthy and Demian Schopf  

Monika Kaup

Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road (2006) and Chilean artist Demian Schopf’s photographic exhibits embody the Baroque’s notorious contradictory nature: the baroque is at once joyful and sad. ... More

Augustan American Verse  

Chris Beyers

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
Augustan American verse is the essence of this article. The poetry composed by the colonial poets from New England are discussed in this article. Colonial poets often said they were ... More

Authorizing the Novel: Walter Scott’s Historical Fiction  

Ina Ferris

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Jul 2016
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Jan 2014
Walter Scott’s historical novel achieved unprecedented success, and almost single-handedly propelled the novel as a genre into the literary field. A potent synthesis of history, romance, ... More

Authorship in the Eighteenth Century  

Adam Rounce

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Mar 2015
This article looks at different questions facing authorship in the eighteenth century, from the widespread use of anonymity and its consequences; the perception of an over-abundance of ... More

Ballad  

Ruth Perry

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Oct 2016
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Dec 2016
This chapter defines literary qualities of ballads, those sung narratives which are part of our anonymous literary heritage. The conventions of the genre are discussed, such as the imagery ... More

The Baroque City  

David Mayernik

The city was a primary theater of Baroque rhetorical projection. At once political, anagogical, and aesthetic, from its built form to the ephemeral structures and processions that animated ... More

Baroque Diplomacy  

Timothy Hampton

Between the the late sixteenth and the mid-seventeenth century, European diplomacy undergoes a dramatic expansion. New forms of representation and negotiation—summed up in Richelieu’s call ... More

Baroque Discourse  

Christopher D. Johnson

This entry describes how discourse in the Baroque period variously functioned as a sophisticated, often subtle, and sometimes exorbitant means of mediating between words and things, ... More

Baroque Opera  

Downing A. Thomas

The fundamental assumption of commentators from the early modern period is that tasteful music functions simultaneously to express sentiment and to move listener-spectators. The three core ... More

Baroque Sexualities  

Gary Ferguson

In terms of sexuality, the Baroque period sees an evolution culminating in more clear-cut definitions and fixity: the establishment of two dimorphic sexes, which sustain physiologically ... More

The Baroque State  

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

“Baroque” is not a political concept. To speak of the “baroque state” implies that the epoch denoted as “the baroque” by art historians (the late sixteenth to eighteenth centuries) has ... More

The Beginnings of the American Novel  

Melissa J. Homestead

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
The beginnings of the American novel form the basis of this article. It traces the birth of novel as a genre in the American heartland. Edward Kimber recorded his experiences of New ... More

Benjamin Franklin  

Kevin J. Hayes

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
The life, works, and contribution of Benjamin Franklin is the focus of this article. Sailing for England in 1724 aboard the London Hope two months prior to his nineteenth birthday, ... More

Blank Verse  

Conrad Brunström

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Oct 2016
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Dec 2016
Blank verse was a self-consciously distinct literary form in the long eighteenth century, used to react very deliberately to the expectations generated by the “default setting” of ... More

The Book Trade at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century  

Peter Hinds

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Jul 2016
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Oct 2013
This essay provides an overview of the publishing context at the turn of the eighteenth century out of which the novel would emerge, including the development and early dominance of the ... More

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