Eighteenth-century Contexts: Historical Inquiries in Honor of Phillip Harth

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Phillip Harth, Howard D. Weinbrot, Peter J. Schakel, Stephen E. Karian
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 305 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

16131798
3
The fashionable cutt of the town and William
26
A Preface to Anglican Rationalism
44
Mandeville and Swift
60
What Swift Did to Collinss Discourse of FreeThinking
81
Mores Utopia and Swifts Gullivers
96
Innovation and Complication
114
Anonymity and Authority in the Poetry of Jonathan Swift
133
John Barrett The Whimsical Medley and Swifts Poems
147
The Editing of Popes Dunciad from Scriblerus to
171
Vlll
183
Early Women Novelists the Canon and the History
232
The Shaping of Conversation
247
On Rerouting the History of British Literary Theory
265
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