Eighteenth-century Literary History: An MLQ Reader

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Marshall Brown
Duke University Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 279 pages
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Viewed as a crucible of modernity, the eighteenth century has become a special focus of Modern Language Quarterly, a journal that has led the revival of literary history as a subject for empirical study and theoretical reflection. The essays in this volume, which cover a broad cross-section of eighteenth-century literary history, represent the best studies of this period recently published in MLQ.
While examining different parts of the century, as well as different aspects and countries, contributors explore the intersection of literary studies with history, philosophy, psychology, and the visual arts. They discuss a creative range of topics, including feminism, nationalism, domestic ideology, the classical novel–drama–lyric poetry triad, and both aesthetic and philosophical writings. This span of subjects and approaches extends the focus of Eighteenth-Century Literary History beyond its period to project a spirit of inquiry onto literary history in general.

Contributors. Nancy Armstrong, Marshall Brown, Sanford Budick, Catherine Gallagher, Thomas M. Kavanagh, Jon Klancher, Jill Kowalik, Jonathan Brody Kramnick, Christie McDonald, Jerome McGann, Ruth Perry, Michael B. Prince, Leonard Tennenhouse


 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1
Gender Property and the Rise of the Novel
27
Literary History
43
Godwin and the Republican Romance
68
Feminine Identity Formation in Wilhelm Meisters lehrjahre
87
Mary Robinson and the Myth of Sappho
114
Reading the Moment and the Moment of Reading
136
Defamiliarizing the Family or Writing Family History
159
Reconfiguring Family Relations
172
The EighteenthCentury Beauty Contest
204
Contributors
269
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Marshall Brown is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and Editor of Modern Language Quarterly, also published by Duke University Press.

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