Urban Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay

Urban Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay

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Urban Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay is the first extensive literary history of the eighteenth-century British periodical essay, and the first to examine the critical reception and canonizing of the genre in a transatlantic context. Drawing on a wide range of early Modern and Enlightenment essays, character writings and critical reviews, it argues that authors on both sides of the Atlantic came to regard the periodical essay as a literary means of transmitting moral-civic wisdom to posterity. As it traces the developments and changes in the genre across the century, this study devotes special attention to important but lesser-read mid-century London serials like the World and Connoisseur, the Edinburgh Mirror and Lounger, and Washington Irving's Salmagundi. By recovering the conception of literary citizenship that grounds these serials' claims to the notice of posterity, Urban Enlightenment gives new insights into the historical character of the Enlightenment literary public sphere.The idea to study the eighteenth-century periodical essay in a transatlantic context was first suggested to me by William C. ... Since that time, the example of Dowlinga#39;s unremitting integrity and commitment as a thinker, scholar and writer has ... As a graduate student I received valuable support at Rutgers from Mellon Dissertation and Lane Cooper Fellowships. ... At DePaul, a University Research Council faculty leave in spring 2012 afforded me the time to finish writing the book.

Title:Urban Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay
Author: Richard Squibbs
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-01-20

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