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The body politic of the beautiful: Gender, sexuality, and race in later-eighteenth-century aesthetics
This dissertation explores the cultural politics that underwrite British writings on beauty from the last half of the eighteenth century. At the historical moment when the human body is claimed to be the paragon of loveliness ...
The "chaos of publication" in Scotland and America, 1740--1801
This dissertation, "The 'Chaos of Publication' in Scotland and America, 1740--1801," examines the proliferation of print and resulting popular fascination with literal nobodies (disembodied authors and fictional characters) ...
Promise in early eighteenth-century England: Reading Hobbes and Addison
How does a postmodern cultural position that questions "acknowledged authority," to use Dr. Johnson's terms of art, develop an interpretative practice that can be "reduced to method?" This enquiry into the early 18 th ...
The feminine phantom: Property, possession, and the female body in the eighteenth century English novel
This dissertation examines the function of the female body that either facilitates or undercuts woman's economic agency by asking the question "is possessive individual available to women?" I argue that the possessive ...
Intertextuality, female alliance and literary genealogy in the eighteenth-century British novel
This dissertation attempts to construct a genealogy of intertextual relations between generations of women in the eighteenth-century British novelistic tradition. Reading generational relations between women novelists in ...
The space of sovereignty: Authority, literature and historiography in eighteenth-century England
My dissertation argues that eighteenth-century fiction and historiography provide a radically different epistemology of social formation and sovereignty than can be found in the philosophy of the period. Reading fiction ...