Pope to Burney, 1714–1779

Scriblerians to Bluestockings

  • Authors
  • Moyra Haslett

Part of the Transitions book series (TRANSs)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction. Defining the eighteenth century: public sphere conversations

  3. Conversational Forms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Moyra Haslett
      Pages 33-84
    3. Moyra Haslett
      Pages 85-137
    4. Moyra Haslett
      Pages 138-172
  4. Textual Conversations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-177
    2. Moyra Haslett
      Pages 193-208
    3. Moyra Haslett
      Pages 209-234
    4. Moyra Haslett
      Pages 235-239
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 240-302

About this book


This essential guide defines literature of the eighteenth century as a literature written and received as public conversation. Moyra Haslett discusses and challenges conventional ways of reading the period, particularly in relation to notions of the public sphere. In her wide-ranging study, Haslett reads key texts - including The Dunciad, Gulliver's Travels and Pamela - in their literary and cultural contexts, and examines such genres as the periodical, the familiar letter, the verse epistle and the novel as textual equivalents of coterie culture.


English literature fiction novel

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