Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon

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These eighteen essays represent a new generation of eighteenth-century scholarship. Written in honour of Professor Roger Lonsdale of the University of Oxford, the contributions to Tradition in Transition focus on the three main areas of scholarship that Lonsdale has made his own: women writers, marginalized authors and texts, and the shape of the eighteenth-century canon of English Literature. Both reflecting the immense influence of Roger Lonsdale's work to date, and taking in many of the most current issues in eighteenth-century studies at present.
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"This volume offers some powerful reappraisals of canonical figures in addition to bringing new subjects to light."—Eighteenth-Century Fiction
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198182887
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Georgetown University

Barnard College

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Poetry, Pudding, and Epictetus: The Consistency of Elizabeth Carter 3
2 The 'Chit-Chat way': The Letters of Mrs Thrale and Dr Burney 25
3 Radical Affinities: Mary Wollstonecraft and Samuel Johnson 41
4 Jane West and the Politics of Reading 56
5 Edgeworth's Stern Father: Escaping Thomas Day, 1795-1801 75
6 'I was a kind of an Historian': The Productions of History in Defoe's Colonel Jack 97
7 Master and Servant: Social Mobility and the Ironic Exchange of Roles in Swift's Directions to Servants 111
8 Boswell at Work: The Revision and Publication of The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides 127
9 At the Boundaries of Fiction: Samuel Paterson's Another Traveller! 144
10 'Oral Tradition': The Evolution of an Eighteenth-Century Concept 161
11 Sir Joshua's French Revolution 177
12 'Great as he is in his own good opinion': The Bounty Mutiny and Lieutenant Bligh's Construction of Self 198
13 Parnell, Pope, and Pastoral 221
14 Poetry from the Provinces: Amateur Poets in the Gentleman's Magazine in the 1730s and 1740s 241
15 William Collins and the Idea of Liberty 257
16 Celts, Goths, and the Nature of the Literary Source 275
17 Trafficking in the Muse: Dodsley's Collection of Poems and the Question of Canon 297
18 'Sweet native stream!': Wordsworth and the School of Warton 314
Index 339
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