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Early American Libraries  

Sarah Fatherly

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
This article traces the history of libraries in the early American society. Books were an important part of British American life from its very beginnings. Faced with choices about what to ... More

Eighteenth-Century Connoisseurship and the Female Body  

Terry F. Robinson

With the development of connoisseurship in eighteenth-century England came new scrutiny of the female body. This article examines the contemporary intersection between aesthetic ... More

Eighteenth-Century Minds: From Associationism to Cognitive Psychology  

Paddy Bullard

During the last decade of the seventeenth century John Locke established himself as a new kind of natural historian of the human mind—describing its powers, classifying its ideas, and ... More

History as Literature  

Ed White

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
This article ends up analyzing how history is canonized as literature in the American culture. What is the significance of early American historical writing, and for whom or what should ... More

Literature and Landscape in the Eighteenth Century  

Stephen Bending

Drawing on literary, visual, and philosophical sources from the period, this article asks what is landscape, how was it represented and understood in the eighteenth century, and how might ... More

Marginalia and Authorship  

H. J. Jackson

The value attributed to the notes that famous authors have made in books depends on more than mere association: we are disposed to believe that their annotations reveal something about ... More

Media and Mediation in the Eighteenth Century  

Paula McDowell

This article begins by discussing seventeenth- and eighteenth-century notions of media, mediation, and communication. How did early modern notions of the “medium” and of “mediation” ... More

Mourning Modernity: Classical Antiquity, Romantic Theory, and Elegiac Form  

Thomas Pfau

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article looks at literary theory. It locates that problematic integral in modernity's dramatically altered experience and conception of time. While the centrality of time to modern ... More

News, Biography, and Eighteenth-Century Celebrity  

Brian Cowan

Celebrity was not invented in the eighteenth century, but it was transformed by the new publics, and the new media that emerged to cultivate and maintain these publics, from the ... More

Newspapers and Magazines  

Christine A. Modey

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the importance of newspapers and magazines in American literature. When they originated in the American colonies, newspapers were not intended or used for criticism ... More

Oratory and Platform Culture in Britain and North America, 1740–1900  

Carolyn Eastman

Examining oratory as a dynamic, changing medium for communication during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America and, to a lesser extent, Great Britain, this essay scrutinizes ... More

Picaresque Travel Narratives  

Daniel Royot

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
This article analyzes the picaresque travel narratives, a genre peculiar to travel writing. This genre developed when travelers, temporarily removed from their familiar surroundings for ... More

The Place of Natural History in Early American Literature  

Kevin J. Hayes

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
This article traces the place of natural history in early American literature. Numerous works of early American literature contain significant elements of natural history: promotion ... More

Print and Manuscript Culture  

Carla Mulford

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Mar 2008
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Sep 2012
The essence of this article is print and manuscript culture in the Americas and their influence on American literature. A furor was created over the publication of James Franklin's ... More

Treason, Seditious Libel, and Literature in the Romantic Period  

Jon Mee

This article examines the effects of the unprecedented number of prosecutions for political opinion in the 1790s and afterward on romantic period literature. The chief instrument for these ... More

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