"This Concise Companion presents fresh perspectives on eighteenth-century literature and culture. In a series of original essays, it contributes to current debates in the field on subjects as diverse as the public sphere, travel and exploration, scientific rhetoric, gender and the book trade, gardening, and historical versus literary perceptions of life on London streets. It also discusses the changing nature of poetry, drama, periodical essays, the novel, and literary criticism, searching out connections between the remarkable number of new genres that appeared in the eighteenth century."--BOOK JACKET.
Introduction / Cynthia Wall -- 1. Travel, trade, and empire : knowing other places, 1660-1800 / Miles Ogborn and Charles W. J. Withers -- 2. Scientific investigations : experimentalism and paradisal return / Joanna Picciotto -- 3. Public and private : the myth of the bourgeois public sphere / J. A. Downie -- 4. The streets : literary beggars and the realities of eighteenth-century London / Tim Hitchcock -- 5. The sewers : ordure, effluence, and excess in the eighteenth century / Sophie Gee -- 6. The novel : novels in the world of moving goods / Deidre Shauna Lynch -- 7. The gothic : moving in the world of novels / Mark R. Blackwell -- 8. Gendering texts : "the abuse of title pages" : men writing as women / Susan Staves -- 9. Drama : genre, gender, theater / John O'Brien -- 10. Poetry : the poetry of occasions / J. Paul Hunter -- 11. Forms of sublimity : the garden, the georgic, and the nation / Rachel Crawford -- 12. Criticism : literary history and literary historicism / Mark Salber Phillips
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