Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

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

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2-3, Summer-Fall

Brother Trouble: Incest Ballads of the British Isles
Ballads are a great unsung body of texts that hover on the margins of eighteenth-century literary history without quite being acknowledged by modern scholars of the period. But ballads were a crucial cultural phenomenon in eighteenth-century society,...
Dating Orality, Thinking Balladry: Of Milkmaids and Minstrels in 1771
"Say that a ballad / wrapped in a ballad / / a play of force and play / / of forces ... Dark ballad and dark crossing / old woman prowling / / Genial telling her story ..." --Susan Howe, "Speeches at the Barriers" (1) "There are two things...
Fallen Ladies and Cruel Mothers: Ballad Singers and Ballad Heroines in the Eighteenth Century
In 1741 William Hogarth completed another of his popular depictions of contemporary London. Like most of Hogarth's pictures, The Enraged Musician (Fig. 1) had a double aim: to show Londoners what was new about their way of life and simultaneously to...
Jacobite History to National Song: Robert Burns and Carolina Oliphant (Baroness Nairne)
... it is the "inter"--the cutting edge of translation and negotiation, the inbetween space--that carries the burden of the meaning of culture. --Homi K. Bhabha, The Location of Culture (1) I. PORTABLE CULTURE [T]he Scotish Muses were all...
On the "Darling Songs" of Poets, Scholars, and Singers: An Introduction
The essays in this collection articulate vital political, aesthetic, and cultural topics of inquiry that remain in the shadows so long as literary and historical studies are rooted solely in the written and author-identified documents of polite society,...
Performing Resistance to the New Rural Order: An Unpublished Ballad Opera and the Green Song
This paper explores the case for the "green ballad" in the eighteenth century, presenting not unmediated experience of the environment but intervention and involvement, as in the clamor that surrounded the widespread expropriation of common land at...
Placed, Replaced, or Misplaced?: The Ballads' Progress
Since my days as a graduate student in the 1960s, I have both heard and participated in many interrogations of the historical placement of the ballad genre in the Middle Ages. These verbal assaults on received academic tradition did finally eventuate...
Songs and Stones: Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826), Mason and Bard
He has all but dropped out of sight in English eighteenth-century and Romantic studies, but Iolo Morganwg (born Edward Williams, 1747-1826) remains a name to conjure with in Wales. The inventor of the Gorsedd ceremony at the heart of the literary and...
"The Manufacture and Lingua-Facture of Ballad-Making": Broadside Ballads in Long Eighteenth-Century Ballad Discourse
1. As Tessa Watt has observed, "Any study of the impact of printing in England must take account of the fact that one of the first widespread and widely affordable forms of the printed word was the song." Ballads were among the earliest products...
"The Purest English": Ballads and the English Literary Dialect
Sir, a ballad-singer is a higher man, for he does two things; he repeats and he sings: there is both recitation and musick in his performance.... --Samuel Johnson (1) Despite often being described as "sister arts" in the eighteenth century, the...
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