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‘The peculiar character of the Arabian Tale’: William Beckford and the Arabian Nights

James Watt

in The Arabian Nights in Historical Context: Between East and West

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199554157
eISBN:
9780191720437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554157.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 18th-century Literature

Beckford's Vathek (1786) is indebted both to the oriental pastiches of Anthony Hamilton and to the orientalist scholarship of Barthelemy D'Herbelot. This chapter begins by examining the generic and ... More


George Morland: Natural Art, Fictional Life, and Factual Biography

Karen Junod

in ‘Writing the Lives of Painters’: Biography and Artistic Identity in Britain 1760-1810

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199597000
eISBN:
9780191725357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199597000.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores the origins and nature of Morland's biographical success. It shows that Morland's generally scandalous lifestyle held real interest for many people, not least because the ... More


Bottling Niagara

Christopher Reid

in Imprison'd Wranglers: The Rhetorical Culture of the House of Commons 1760-1800

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199581092
eISBN:
9780191745621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581092.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, European Literature

This chapter looks closely at the work of parliamentary reporters at a time when reporting practices were unusually fluid and diverse. Questioning the conventional distinction between the ... More


Narratives and Machines in Enlightenment Britain

Joseph Drury

in Novel Machines: Technology and Narrative Form in Enlightenment Britain

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198792383
eISBN:
9780191834394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792383.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The affinity between narratives and machines in the eighteenth century reflects the early modern effort to break down the traditional barriers separating the arts and sciences. Leading practitioners ... More


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