A Concise Companion to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century / Edition 1

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Overview

This Concise Companion presents fresh perspectives on eighteenth-century literature and culture. In a series of original essays, it contributes to current debates in the field on subjects as diverse as the public sphere, travel and exploration, scientific rhetoric, gender and the book trade, gardening, and historical versus literary perceptions of life on London streets. It also discusses the changing nature of poetry, drama, periodical essays, the novel, and literary criticism, searching out connections between the remarkable number of new genres that appeared in the eighteenth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405101189
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/31/2005
  • Series: Concise Companions to Literature and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Wall is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of The Literary and Cultural Spaces of Restoration London (1998) and an editor of Pope and Defoe.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Travel, trade, and empire : knowing other places, 1660-1800 13
2 Scientific investigations : experimentalism and paradisal return 36
3 Public and private : the myth of the bourgeois public sphere 58
4 The streets : literary beggars and the realities of eighteenth-century London 80
5 The sewers : ordure, effluence, and excess in the eighteenth century 101
6 The novel : novels in the world of moving goods 121
7 The gothic : moving in the world of novels 144
8 Gendering texts : "the abuse of title pages" : men writing as women 162
9 Drama : genre, gender, theater 183
10 Poetry : the poetry of occasions 202
11 Forms of sublimity : the garden, the georgic, and the nation 226
12 Criticism : literary history and literary historicism 247
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