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Great expectations : futurity in the long eighteenth century.
Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2012
303 p. ; 22 cm.
3631620071, 9783631620076
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Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2012
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Papers from the conference "Great Expectations: Futurity in the Long Eighteenth Century" held in February 2011.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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First Chapter
What did eighteenth-century men and women think about when they contemplated the future? What was hidden in the «dark bosom of futurity», as Richardson's Pamela calls it? Do all types of literature that supply a critique of the present conjure up an idealized past or a vision of a better future? Predictions and prophecies – not only astrological but also political ones, utopian models, theological concepts like predestination, progress in the sciences, and, last but not least, life-after-death, both in the form of secular fame and the immortal soul, are among the topics addressed by the essays collected in this volume.
Table of Contents
Miracle versus Mayhem: Disturbances of the Future in a Long Eighteenth Century That Thought It Might Be Short
'Not in Utopia, Subterranean Fields, Heaven Knows Where': or, Apocalypse When?
Rewriting the Divine-Right Theory for the Whigs: The Political Implications of Shaftesbury's Treatment of the Doctrine of Futurity in his 'Characteristicks'
Edmund Burke, Futurity and Providence
The Futurity of Fame: Eighteenth-Century Paths to Immortality
'Suppose me dead; and then suppose ...': Swift in Lively Anticipation
Lord Hervey, Death and Futurity
Great Expectations? Plans and Planning in Women's Memoirs
'He at first sight cou'd each Ones Fortune tell': Physiognomy and Fortune-Telling in the Early to Mid-Eighteenth Century
'Only Kept Up by the Credulous and Ignorant': Eighteenth-Century Responses to the Ancient Beliefs about Menstrual Blood
'Let me collect myself, and pursue my journey': Generation in Laurence Sterne's 'Tristram Shandy'
The Critique of Utopianism: Gibbon vs. Godwin
'The Forty-Five': British Modernisation and the First Glimpses of the End of the Historical Chronotope
'Old lamps for new': The Rise of the Oriental Tale in the Eighteenth Century and Its Influence on English Literature and Culture
Our Own Service in the Empire Pope's 'Dunciad' Predicts
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