Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation is a magazine specializing in History topics.

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, Summer

Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture and the Experience of History
Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture and the Experience of HistoryRuth Mack's Literary Historicity: Literature and Historical Experience in EighteenthCentury Britain (Stanford, 2009) is original. It is the first book-length study of how eighteenth-century...
Neither Public nor Private: The Domestic Sphere in French Enlightenment Thought
Neither Public nor Private: The Domestic Sphere in French Enlightenment ThoughtFor the last twenty years or so there has been a burgeoning interest in the contribution of women to the cultural life of the ancien régime. Much of the groundbreaking research...
The Defense of Phillis Wheatley
The Defense of Phillis WheatleyAs the first African- American woman to publish in the colonies, Phillis Wheatley and her poetry has been glorified and reviled. On one hand, she was an exemplar of the intellectual capabilities of enslaved Africans, the...
The Romantic Kinship of Medical Science, Sensory Experience, and Literary Aesthetics
The Romantic Kinship of Medical Science, Sensory Experience, and Literary AestheticsNoel Jackson's Science and Sensation in Romantic Poetry (Cambridge, 2008) is a study of the uses to which British Romantics put the science of aisthesis or sensory experience....
What Is Improvement?
What Is Improvement?The title of John Fea's The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America (Pennsylvania, 2008) calls to mind Raymond Williams's critique of improvement in rural England. Williams...
Women Signifiers
Women SignifiersWill Pritchard's study, Outward Appearances: The Female Exterior in Restoration London (Bucknell, 2008), is an adept and penetrating cultural study that attempts to reconstruct a culture-wide conversation during the second half of the...