Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850
Death and Its Relics in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel
Narrative Mourning argues that the cultural disappearance of the dead/dying body in eighteenth-century Britain found expression in fictional representations of the relic (object) or relict (person) within certain British novels. These relics/relicts exist as material signs of loss and as compensation for loss; they exist as surrogates for the absent (living, dead, or dying) and as reliquaries for their “psychic” essences.
Libertine Drama and the Long-Running Restoration, 1700-1832
Lothario’s Corpse explores the persistent appeal of Restoration libertine drama (and its absolutist heroes and scenarios of lawless license) in the century following its supposed disappearance from the British stage. Tracing the stage libertine’s haunting of post-1688 culture, Gustafson illustrates how its literary and political manifestations document a fantasy of sovereign power at the heart of the emergent liberal imagination.
Exhibits, Figures, and Organisms
A deep dread of puppets and the machinery that propels them surfaced in Romantic literature in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century; Romantic Automata is a collection of essays examining the rise of cultural suspicion of all imitations of homo sapiens and similar machinery, as witnessed in the literature and arts of the time.
Scottish Lowland Poetry in the Age of Burns
Whether male or female, loyalist or radical, urban or rural, literati or autodidacts, Scottish Lowland poets in the age of Burns adamantly refuse to imagine a single British nation. Instead, they pose the question of “Scotland” as a revolutionary category, always subject to creative destruction and reformation.
Narrative Form from the Restoration to Jane Austen
The Novel Stage traces the migration of tragicomedy, the comedy of manners, and melodrama from the stage to the novel, offering a new approach to the history of the English novel that examines how the collaboration of genres contributed to the novel’s narrative form and to the modern organization of literature.
Joseph Forsyth and Napoleon's Italy
The Imprisoned Traveler is a fascinating portrait of a unique book, its context, and its elusive author. Joseph Forsyth, a Napoleonic “detainee” of 1803, wrote his travel writing classic in a bid for release from prison. Keith Crook uncovers his protests against Napoleon’s tyranny, concealed beneath his discerning art criticism and vivid impressions of Italians.
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