Printed Passion: Sympathy, Satire, and the Translation of Homer (1675–1720)
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Whatever value there may be in the notion of a long eighteenth century, it needs to be overlaid with a sense of the fragmented continuation of the seventeenth. For any growth of stability associated with party government, and civilised accommodation, gathered around the importance of sentiment, the values of politeness, sociability, sympathy, and being candid with one’s fellows, did not come easily. Such values and achievements were periodically over-shadowed by passionate discord and enthusiasm coming from the Civil Wars.1 The French Revolution and its immediate aftermath in the early nineteenth century could still conjure up fears of indigenous revolutionary violence. The stability of the eighteenth century (bracketing the odd war and riot) has been an achievement of retrospective celebration as much as anything lived through.
KeywordsEighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Public Sphere Moral Sentiment Ancient Text
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