Eighteenth-Century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Philip Harth

Eighteenth-Century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Philip Harth

Eighteenth-Century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Philip Harth

Eighteenth-Century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Philip Harth

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Overview

Eighteenth-Century Contexts offers a lively array of essays that consider literary, intellectual, political, theological, and cultural aspects of the years 1650-1800, in the British Isles and Europe. At the center of the book is Jonathan Swift; several essays delve into his poetry, his similarities to Bernard Mandeville, his response to Anthony Collins’s Discourse of Free-Thinking, and the relationship between his Gulliver’s Travels and Thomas More’s Utopia. Other essays discuss Alexander Pope, eighteenth-century music and poetry, William Congreve, James Boswell, Samuel Richardson, and women’s novels of the eighteenth century.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299174804
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 06/26/2001
Edition description: 1
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionx
Phillip Harth: A Bibliographyxiv
1.Dissonance: 1613-17983
2.The "fashionable cutt of the town" and William Congreve's The Old Batchelour26
3.A Preface to Anglican Rationalism44
4.Mandeville and Swift60
5.What Swift Did to Collins's Discourse of Free-Thinking and Why81
6.Voyages to Nowhere: More's Utopia and Swift's Gulliver's Travels96
7.Swift's Voices: Innovation and Complication in the Poems Written at Market Hill114
8.Anonymity and Authority in the Poetry of Jonathan Swift133
9.John Barrett, "The Whimsical Medley," and Swift's Poems147
10.The Editing of Pope's Dunciad from Scriblerus to ***171
11."What Must the World Think of Me?" Pope, Madame Dacier, and Homer--The Anatomy of a Quarrel183
12.Desdemona's Strawberries and Clementina's Ark: Text, Textile, and Scripture in Sir Charles Grandison207
13.Early Women Novelists, the Canon, and the History of the British Novel232
14.Talk into Text: The Shaping of Conversation in Boswell's Life of Johnson247
15.On Rerouting the History of British Literary Theory, 1650-1800265
Contributors289
Index293
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