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Routledge Research is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Ranging in scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Research titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Our publishing program in Literature research has grown rapidly in recent years, and we are pleased to be offering books ranging from Medieval to Contemporary literature, and covering topics such as Postcolonial Literature, Children’s Literature, Atlantics Studies, American Studies, and Travel Writing.

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Routledge Studies in Eighteenth Century Literature

  1. Eighteenth-Century Authorship and the Play of Fiction

    Novels and the Theater, Haywood to Austen

    By Emily Hodgson Anderson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    This study looks at developments in eighteenth-century drama that influenced the rise of the novel; it begins by asking why women writers of this period experimented so frequently with both novels and plays. Here, Eliza Haywood, Frances Burney, Elizabeth Inchbald, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen...

    Published March 18th 2009 by Routledge

  2. The Epistolary Novel

    Representations of Consciousness

    By Joe Bray

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    The epistolary novel is a form which has been neglected in most accounts of the development of the novel. This book argues that the way that the eighteenth-century epistolary novel represented consciousness had a significant influence on the later novel. Critics have drawn a distinction between the...

    Published May 15th 2003 by Routledge

  3. Gender and the Fictions of the Public Sphere, 1690-1755

    By Anthony Pollock

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    Challenging the longstanding interpretation of the early English public sphere as polite, inclusive, and egalitarian this book re-interprets key texts by representative male authors from the period—Addison, Steele, Shaftesbury, and Richardson—as reactionary responses to the widely-consumed and...

    Published September 19th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Mary Wollstonecraft, Pedagogy, and the Practice of Feminism

    By Kirstin Hanley

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    This study examines Mary Wollstonecraft—generally recognized as the founder of the early feminist movement—by shedding light on her contributions to eighteenth-century instructional literature, and feminist pedagogy in particular. While contemporary scholars have extensively theorized...

    Published May 6th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment

    Edited by Reginald McGinnis

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    Are legal concepts of intellectual property and copyright related to artistic notions of invention and originality? Do literary and legal scholars have anything to learn from each other, or should the legal debate be viewed as separate from questions of aesthetics? Bridging what are usually...

    Published November 3rd 2008 by Routledge

  6. Print, Visuality, and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Satire

    “The Scope in Ev’ry Page”

    By Katherine Mannheimer

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    This study interprets eighteenth-century satire’s famous typographical obsession as a fraught response to the Enlightenment’s "ocularcentric" epistemological paradigms, as well as to a print-cultural moment identified by book-historians as increasingly "visual" — a moment at which widespread...

    Published May 26th 2011 by Routledge

  7. The Rise of Literary Journalism in the Eighteenth Century

    Anxious Employment

    By Iona Italia

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    Recent years have witnessed a heightened interest in eighteenth-century literary journalism and popular culture. This book provides an account of the early periodical as a literary genre and traces the development of journalism from the 1690s to the 1760s, covering a range of publications by both...

    Published February 16th 2005 by Routledge

  8. Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    Edited by Jolene Zigarovich

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    This book discusses sex and death in the eighteenth-century, an era that among other forms produced the Gothic novel, commencing the prolific examination of the century’s shifting attitudes toward death and uncovering literary moments in which sexuality and death often conjoined. By bringing...

    Published April 12th 2013 by Routledge

  9. Slavery and Augustan Literature

    Swift, Pope and Gay

    By Dr J Richardson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    Slavery and Augustan Literature investigates slavery in the work of Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and John Gay. These three writers were connected with a Tory ministry, which attempted to increase substantially the English share of the international slave trade. They all wrote in support of the...

    Published October 16th 2003 by Routledge

  10. The Female Reader in the English Novel

    From Burney to Austen

    By Joe Bray

    Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature

    This book examines how reading is represented within the novels of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Contemporary accounts portrayed the female reader in particular as passive and impressionable; liable to identify dangerously with the world of her reading. This study shows that...

    Published September 18th 2008 by Routledge