Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

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

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 3, 2005

"A Dance to Which One's Feet Can Still Respond"
Doug Canfield, who died in July 2003 at the age of sixty-two, was the author of six scholarly books and the editor or co-editor of another five. He published a book or two of poetry, and wrote a couple of as yet unpublished plays. He was also the author...
"A Due Circulation in the Veins of the Publick": Imagining Credit in Late Seventeenth- and Early Eighteenth-Century England
"I am to speak of what all People are busie about, but not one in Forty understands: Every Man has a Concern in it, few know what it is, nor is it easy to define or describe it. If a Man goes about to explain it by Words, he rather struggles to lose...
Introduction
I first met Doug Canfield when I was a graduate student at the University of Arizona in the early 1990s. His reputation preceded him. Blustery, contentious, Hemingwayesque, and wickedly smart. He was, of course, all of those things. But he was also a...
J. Douglas Canfield and Restoration Drama
In the interests of full disclosure, I must acknowledge up front that J. Douglas Canfield was for more than twenty-five years one of my closest friends in this profession, so there is no chance that this assessment will be objective. Furthermore, in...
J. Douglas Canfield: Teacher, Mentor, Colleague
It was late in the afternoon at the end of spring semester (2003), and I was on my way to the parking garage when I decided to see if Doug Canfield might be in his office. Sure enough, he was just finishing with an undergrad and waved me in. He looked...
Pamela's Work
After enduring several of Mr. B's advances, Pamela sorts out her clothes. In the first of three bundles, she gathers the garments given to her by the late Lady B. She describes this bundle to Mrs. Jervis, mixing her words with blessings for her lady....
Rape on the Restoration Stage
In her essay "Rape, Voyeurism, and the Restoration Stage," Jean Marsden quotes a passage from Otway's The Orphan (1680), in which a young page describes his reaction to seeing the heroine, Monimia, in bed:"These lines," Marsden writes,draw attention...
Teague and the Ethnicization of Labor in Early Modern British Culture
It has become a scholarly commonplace to assert that English representations of the Irish became more benign over the course of the eighteenth century, and it has also become usual to read this amelioration as an effect of political changes and Enlightenment...
"Where Power Is Absolute": Royalist Politics and the Improved Landscape in a Poem by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea
Land and trees carry pronounced political weight in the poetry of Anne Finch, who entered the English literary canon as a "nature poet," but has only recently been recognized as a significant participant in political debates regarding the so-called Glorious...
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