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Nobility Reimagined
The Patriotic Nation in Eighteenth-Century France
Jay M. Smith
The mature nationalism that fueled the French Revolution grew from patriotic sensibilities fostered over the course of a century or more. Jay M. Smith proposes that the French thought their way to nationhood through a process of psychic...

Origins and the Enlightenment
Aesthetic Epistemology from Descartes to Kant
Catherine Labio
What epistemic assumptions framed eighteenth-century thinkers' speculations regarding origins? What, if anything, connected these speculations? The best way to understand the Enlightenment's obsession with origins is to study it in conjunction...

From Sin to Insanity
Suicide in Early Modern Europe
In the broadest treatment yet of suicide in Europe during the period 1500–1800, 11 authors combine elements of social, cultural, legal, and intellectual history to trace important changes in the ways Europeans experienced and understood...

Convents and Nuns in Eighteenth-Century French Politics and Culture
Mita Choudhury
Representations of convents and nuns assumed power and urgency within the volatile political culture of eighteenth-century France. Drawing from a range of literary, cultural, and legal material, Mita Choudhury analyzes how, between 1730 and...

Romantic Rocks, Aesthetic Geology
Noah Heringman
This book reexamines a wide range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century poetry to discover its relationship to a broad cultural consensus on the nature and value of geology, rocks, and landforms.

Memory's Daughters
The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth-Century America
Susan M. Stabile, Susan Stabile
A renowned literary coterie in eighteenth-century Philadelphia—Elizabeth Fergusson, Hannah Griffitts, Deborah Logan, Annis Stockton, and Susanna Wright—wrote and exchanged thousands of poems and maintained elaborate handwritten commonplace books...

Enlightenment Phantasies
Cultural Identity in France and Germany, 1750–1914
Harold Mah
For centuries the histories of France and Germany have been linked in ways productive and destructive, and each nation's sense of itself has often been shaped by admiration of or hostility toward the other. Harold Mah explores the interweaving...

Visualizing the Nation
Gender, Representation, and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France
Joan B. Landes
Popular images of women were everywhere in revolutionary France. Although women's political participation was curtailed, female allegories of liberty, justice, and the republic played a crucial role in the passage from old regime to modern society...

Scandal Nation
Law and Authorship in Britain, 1750–1832
Kathryn Temple
Kathryn Temple argues that eighteenth-century Grub Street scandals involving print piracy, forgery, and copyright violation played a crucial role in the formation of British identity. Britain's expanding print culture demanded new ways of...

Fables of Modernity
Literature and Culture in the English Eighteenth Century
Laura Brown
Fables of Modernity expands the territory for cultural and literary criticism by introducing the concept of the cultural fable. Laura Brown shows how cultural fables arise from material practices in eighteenth-century England. These fables, the...

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