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Familial Love, Incest, and Female Desire in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century British Women’s Novels
“A critique is presented of familialization, or the assumption of familial roles by unrelated characters in English literature during the romantic period.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Julie Shaffer
From: Criticism Winter 1999
Gothic Literature 1764 to 1820
“The Gothic Literature Page is devoted to study of Gothic Literature which flourished in England from 1764 to 1820. This site is intended to provide students and scholars of the Gothic novel access to the growing number of resources available on the web. An introduction to the Gothic novel, collected summaries, papers, critical and bibliographical information and related sites are assembled together to expedite research.”
Author: Franz Potter
Gothic Literature: What the Romantic Writers Read
“Too often the term “Gothic” appears as a catch-all term pitted against or aligned with some aspect of the Romantic, without attention to specific works or to the evolving nature of the genre. Thus, a “who read what list” can provide some historical grounding for these investigations. I’ve begun with the gothic readings of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats and will add others (Mary Shelley and De Quincey are next up) as the list develops.”
Contains: Historical Context
I Believe Hardly a Word of It: Fact, Fiction, and Forgery in Eighteenth-Century Narratives
“This paper provides not so much an answer as a question, and a naive one at that, which grew out of my recent work on fakes and forgeries. Such frauds not long to seek: the eighteenth century is crawling with them… It seems important to figure out what all these cases have in common — what, in short, constitutes a fake. So let’s see: each faker is a liar, who disseminates extended falsehoods, who represents his work as something it is not, and who tries to deceive his audience about the nature of his text. So far, so good. But here a problem arises: notice that I’ve described not only Psalmanazar and Macpherson, but also Defoe and Richardson. According to these criteria, our beloved novelists are guilty of the same crimes as the mendacious finks: their works are filled with lies, they represent them as something they’re not, and they try to deceive their audience about the nature of their texts. The conclusion is inescapable: the eighteenth-century novelists are just as bad as the forgers.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Jack Lynch
From: CUNY Graduate Center 10 March 2000
This lengthy analysis of the author’s life and work includes sections on “Early years”, “Endymion”, “The Eve of St. Agnes”, “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”, and “Sonnets.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: C. H. Herford
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XII: English, The Romantic Revival, The Nineteenth Century, I
The Literary Gothic
“The Literary Gothic is a Web site for all things concerned with literary Gothicism, which includes ghost stories, “classic” Gothic fiction (1764-1820), and related pre- and post-Gothic and supernaturalist literature prior to the mid-twentieth century. ” The “General Resources” category will be the most useful, containing many links to critical sites and essays. Author and title sections list primarily online texts, with some criticism mixed in.
Contains: Historical Context
The Literary Influence of the Middle Ages: MacPherson’s Ossian. Chatterton. Percy and the Wartons.
This lengthy historical analysis includes sections titled “Limited Influence of the Middle Ages upon Modern Literature”, “DrydenÕs, PopeÕs and AddisonÕs estimates of Medieval Poetic masterpieces”, “PercyÕs Five Runic Pieces”, “Chatterton and his indebtedness to Spenser “, and “Tyrwhitt, the Restorer of Chaucer.”
Author: W. P. Ker
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume X: English, The Age of Johnson
Making the Modern Reader: Cultural Mediation in Early Modern Literary Anthologies
“This study sets out to remedy part of this neglect by examining the development of literary collections during the period when they became a printed genre directed to a diverse readership, from the Restoration to the beginning of the nineteenth century. By analyzing the way these collections shape and are shaped by the cultural contexts in which they were produced and by explicating the kind of reading they invite, this book argues that literary anthologies mediate between individual readers and literary culture. This mediation redefines readers’ subjectivity by representing literature as art and reading as a critical activity. Anthologies sell texts of choice and the choice of texts. “
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: Barbara M. Benedict
From: Princeton University Press
An online community of Jane Austen fans help maintain this website devoted to the author. Contains public domain works on and by Austen as well as a list of links to external resources for more information. Also has an online forum.
Author: Molland’s
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Romantic Chronology
This site allows you to look year by year at the goings-on in Romantic Literature.
Contains: Review,
Author: Laura Mandell & Alan Liu, et.al.
Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net
“Romanticism On the Net is a Peer-reviewed, Electronic Journal devoted to Romantic and Victorian studies. This quarterly journal is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. “
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis,
Author: Michael Eberle Sinatra
Scottish Authors
This site provides biographical information and links for Scottish authors born since 1320, with a lot of emphasis on the period between 1700 and 1900.
Author: SLAINTE – Scottlish Libraries Across the INTErnet
From: Discovering Scottish Writers Scottish Library Association
Scottish Popular Poetry before Burns
This lengthy analysis of Scottish popular poetry of the17th and 18th centuries includes sections on “The long Blight on Scottish Secular Verse”, “Exceptional popularity of Lyndsay”, “Peculiarity of the relation between English and Scottish Song in the Seventeenth Century”, “Allan Ramsay”, “Robert Crawford”, “Jacobite Songs in Hogg’s Jacobite Relics of Scotland”, and “Robert Fergusson: his personality and poetic qualities.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: T. F. Henderson
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume IX: English, From Steele and Addison to Pope and Swift
The Sickly Taper
Contains an extensive Gothic bibliography as well as links to other resources about the Gothic writers.
Contains: Historical Context, Bibliography,
Author: Davison, Carol Margaret
Keywords: Gothic, Romanticism
Sir Walter Scott
This lengthy analysis of the author’s life and work includes sections on “The Scottish literary revival of the eighteenth century”, “His German studies; Ballad poetry”, “The Lady of the Lake”, “Scott and Byron”, “His treatment of love” and “The influence of his work.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography
Author: T. F. Henderson
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XII: English, The Romantic Revival, The Nineteenth Century, I
The Tristram Shandy Web
A hypertext version of the novel. Features biographical, historical, and other “-ical” information.
WHAT’S A GUINEA? Money and Coinage in Victorian and 20th Century Britain
This site explains the curious monetary system of pre-1968 Britain. Find here the relationships between pence, shillings, pounds, florins, sovreigns, crowns, half-crowns and guineas.
Contains: Historical Context,
Author: Paul Lewis

Authors in British: 18th Century literature:

Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719) John Armstrong (1709 – 1779)
Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743 – 1825) Robert Burns (1759 – 1796)
Frances Burney (1752 – 1840) Thomas Chatterton (1752 – 1770)
John Cleland (1709 – 1789) Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)
Sir Herbert Croft (1751 – 1816) Daniel Defoe (1660 – 1731)
Henry Fielding (1707 – 1754) John Gay (1685 – 1732)
William Godwin (1756 – 1836) Oliver Goldsmith (1731 – 1774)
William Hazlitt (1778 – 1830) Mary Hearne ( – )
Elizabeth Inchbald (1753 – 1821) Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)
Sophia Lee (1750 – 1824) Charlotte Lennox (1720 – 1804)
M. G. Lewis (1775 – 1818) George Lillo ( – )
Henry MacKenzie (1745 – 1831) Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)
Ann Radcliffe (1764 – 1823) Samuel Richardson (1689 – 1761)
Mary Darby Robinson (1758 – 1800) Anna Seward (1747 – 1809)
Charlotte Turner Smith (1749 – 1806) Tobias George Smollett (1721 – 1771)
Laurence Sterne (1713 – 1768) Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745)
James Thomson (1700 – 1748) Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797)

Last Updated Mar 25, 2014