The World of Writing in the 18th Century by: Abigail Williams By Abigail Williams The world of writing in the eighteenth century was a world in flux, a time of transition when the nature of writers, writing, publishing and reading changed beyond recognition over the course of a century. Some of the biggest changes to occur in this period are things that we now take for granted. This makes it hard in some ways to see what all the fuss was about.
Additional Information In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: University of Delaware Press; London: Associated University Presses, This book focuses on the material contexts of literary production in eighteenth-century England. Its central claim is that "Literature" became a culturally sanctioned and institutionalized force that participated widely in a "synchronic public sphere" fostered by developments in print technology p.
Literary works managed this transformation, GeorgeJustice claims, by inhabiting a "counter public sphere" that was separate from the "world" while still seeking to influence it p.
The chief strength of the analysis is its broad synthetic approach to the particular material conditions of literary manufacture in the eighteenth century. The chapters provide "case studies" p. Each case study explores the varied and complex ways in which literature and die marketplace intersect.
Sprightly and intellectually flexible, The Manufacturers of Literature serves as a useful entrance into a currendy busy field sometimes called "The History of the Book. Particularly useful and refreshing is his insistence throughout much of the book on tracking "individual agents" who are often engaged in conflicting and conflicted publishing activities.
He illustrates the "tension between the immediate and the permanent, the Spectator as commodity and die Spectator as Literature " p. One of the pleasures of this text—its asides on how the fate of the printed page in our digital culture relates to the concerns of individual aspirants to the print culture ofthe eighteenth-century—is also a drawback, asJustice is occasionally prone to breezy correlations between vasdy different historical contexts.
In two of his three central categories, the "Public Sphere" and "Literature" the third is die "Literary Marketplace" ,Justice leans towards monolidiic definition.
While he usefully asserts that the public sphere must be understood as an "idea" that "lay behind the practices of eighteenthcentury writers" rather than an existing historical force p.
In confronting the status of literature in a print economy,Justice attends in detail to the material practices of individual and varied agents, from Addison, Steele, and Dodsley to Pope, Bumey, and Brookes, all to excellent effect. But because one of his most important observations is that "Literature " in this period constituted a counter public sphere, his detailed focus militates against an adequate representation of something that broad.
It seems rather schematic and compartmentalizing to construct "Literature "—or, even more particularly, the "Novel"—as wholly constituting a single counter public sphere pp.
An approach that emphasizes individual agency in the print marketplace might more productively construe literature as the range of products of a loose body of actors authors, publishers, printers, readers, reviewers, etc.
You are not currently authenticated. View freely available titles:As Karen O’Brien writes in Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain, ‘Eighteenth-century writers’ sense of the boundary between the domestic and social realms was generally fluid and informal’ (p.
11). In what is an important, thought-provoking and wonderfully-written study of femininity, women and British . The world of writing in the eighteenth century was a world in flux, a time of transition when the nature of writers, writing, publishing and reading changed beyond recognition over the course of a century.
• The influence of books such as “Don Quixote” which was one of the books that provided a model for 18th century writers. The father of the English novel is generally /5(2). Teaching Strategies and Suggestions. She was also a poet and essayist, but her fame rests today on her prodigious letter writing.
Lady Mary began to write letters when she first married Lord Edward Wortley Montagu, and she continued to write letters throughout her unconventional life. Eighteenth-century novelists generally wrote.
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As international companies such as the East India and the Hudson Bay Company expanded globally throughout the eighteenth century, there was opportunity for increased contact with cultural groups who possessed systems of writing — the form of literature recognized and privileged by Europeans.