Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

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This guide to eighteenth-century literature and culture provides students with the ideal introduction to literature and its context from 1688-1789, including: the historical, cultural and intellectual background including the expansion of cultural production and the growth of "print culture"; major writers, genres and groups; concise explanations of key terms needed to understand the literature and criticism; an overview of key critical approaches; a chronology mapping historical events and literary works; and a guide to further reading, including websites and electronic resources.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
Historical, Cultural and Intellectual Context     5
Politics and Society     5
Religion, Science and Philosophy     30
Arts and Culture     47
Literature in the Eighteenth Century     58
Introduction     58
Major Genres     59
Periodicals and periodical essays     59
Poetry     63
Drama     77
Prose fiction     90
Literary Groups     106
The Kit-Cat Club     106
The Scriblerus Club     107
Bluestockings     108
Samuel Richardson's circle     109
Samuel Johnson's circle and 'The Club'     110
Critical Approaches     111
Historical Overview     111
Current Issues and Debates     113
Resources for Independent Study     121
Chronology of Key Historical and Cultural Events and Publications     121
Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts     133
Further Reading and Resources     139
Works Cited     145
Index     149
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