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Studies in the eighteenth century : papers presented at the David Nichol Smith Memorial Seminar Canberra 1966

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Title: Studies in the eighteenth century : papers presented at the David Nichol Smith Memorial Seminar Canberra 1966
Date published: 1968
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Australian National University Press
The papers brought together in this volume bear witness to the growing vigour and diversity of eighteenth-century studies. The seminar at which they were presented was held to honour the memory of a literary scholar, David Nichol Smith. It is therefore understandable and fitting that the majority of the contributions should be concerned primarily with literature. History, art, and philosophy, however, are also dealt with; and the collection as a whole offers a widely ranging and illuminating survey of the period. Herbert Davis gives an account of David Nichol Smith, the man and the scholar. Franklin L. Ford considers the problem of what we mean by the Enlightenment. W.J. Cameron surveys the growth of eighteenth-century studies in the British Commonwealth, paying particular attention to the part played in this by libraries. R.M. Wiles throws new light on the question of discovering who could read in the eighteenth century and what it was they read. Ian Watt offers an explanation of Augustanism in terms of its social origins. R.F. Brissenden explores the variety of ways in which the word 'sentiment' is used by Hume. R.S. Wolper brings forward fresh evidence of Johnson's life-long interest in drama and the theatre. O.H.K. Spate studies the way in which some minor poets of the day treated the theme of trade and commerce. Arthur H. Cash examines Sterne's satirical presentation in Tristram Shandy of contemporary obstetrical theories, in particular those of Dr John Burton. S.A. Grave analyses the role played by 'happiness' in the work of some eighteenth-century philosophers. Ralph Cohen defines the Augustan mode in English poetry through an investigation of themes and patterns of imagery. C.J. Horne discusses Swift's use of the fable in his verse. J.H. Tisch considers the influence of Milton on German literature of the period. Joseph Burke examines the effect of the Grand Tour on British taste in architecture and painting. John Hardy presents a new reading of London, with special reference to Johnson's probable intention to attack Walpole. A.D. Hope gives an interpretation of the cosmic and prophetic system underlying Christopher Smart{u2019}s apocalyptic poetry. Mervyn Austin demonstrates the range and depth of Johnson's knowledge of classical literature.


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