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  • Acknowledgments

    Introduction: Provocations / Marshall Brown

    A Novel Nation; or, How to Rethink Modern England as an Emergent Culture / Nancy Armstrong and Leonard Tennenhouse

    Nobody's Story: Gender, Property, and the Rise of the Novel / Catherine Gallagher

    Reading Shakespeare's Novels: Literary History and Cultural Politics in the Lennox-Johnson Debate / Jonathan Brody Kramnick

    Godwin and the Republican Romance / Jon Klancher

    Feminine Identity Formation in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre / Jill Anne Kowalik

    Mary Robinson and the Myth of Sappho / Jerome McGann

    Reading the Moment and the Moment of Reading in Graffigny's Lettres d'une peruvienne / Thomas M. Kavanagh

    De-familiarizing the Family; or, Writing Family History from Literary Sources / Ruth Perry

    The Anxiety of Change: Reconfiguring Family Relations in Beaumarchais's Trilogy / Christie McDonald

    The Eighteenth-Century Beauty Contest / Michael B. Prince

    Descartes's Cogito, Kant's Sublime, and Rembrandt's Philosophers: Cultural Transmission as Occasion for Freedom / Sanford Budick

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  • Marshall Brown

    Nancy Armstrong

    Catherine Gallagher

    Jonathan Kramnick

    Jon Klancher

    Jill Kowalik

    Jerome McGann

    Thomas Kavanagh

    Ruth Perry

    Christie McDonald

    Michael Prince

    Sanford Budick

    Leonard Tennenhouse

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    Viewed as a crucible of modernity, the eighteenth century has become a special focus of Modern Language Quarterly, a journal that has led the revival of literary history as a subject for empirical study and theoretical reflection. The essays in this volume, which cover a broad cross-section of eighteenth-century literary history, represent the best studies of this period recently published in MLQ.
    While examining different parts of the century, as well as different aspects and countries, contributors explore the intersection of literary studies with history, philosophy, psychology, and the visual arts. They discuss a creative range of topics, including feminism, nationalism, domestic ideology, the classical novel–drama–lyric poetry triad, and both aesthetic and philosophical writings. This span of subjects and approaches extends the focus of Eighteenth-Century Literary History beyond its period to project a spirit of inquiry onto literary history in general.

    Contributors. Nancy Armstrong, Marshall Brown, Sanford Budick, Catherine Gallagher, Thomas M. Kavanagh, Jon Klancher, Jill Kowalik, Jonathan Brody Kramnick, Christie McDonald, Jerome McGann, Ruth Perry, Michael B. Prince, Leonard Tennenhouse


    About The Author(s)

    Marshall Brown is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington and Editor of Modern Language Quarterly, also published by Duke University Press.

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