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John Bull, Sister Peg, and Anglo-Scottish Relations in the Eighteenth Century

Alasdair Raffe

in Literature and Union: Scottish Texts, British Contexts

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198736233
eISBN:
9780191853722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198736233.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter analyses John Arbuthnot’s The History of John Bull (1712), an allegorical satire of the War of the Spanish Succession. As well as introducing the figure of John Bull, who became a ... More


Sex Ratio Theory, Ancient and Modern: An Eighteenth-Century Debate about Intelligent Design and the Development of Models in Evolutionary Biology

Elliott Sober

in Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720807
eISBN:
9780226720838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720838.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter demonstrates how Charles Darwin's theory inaugurated a steady progression toward an ever-sharper distinction between living creatures and artificial devices, and describes how natural ... More


Recovery through Catharsis

Ernest Campbell Mossner

in The Life of David Hume

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199243365
eISBN:
9780191697241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

In London, the anguished and frustrated David Hume paused for final reconsideration of his plans for the future. As the problem of his health could not profitably be discussed with James Oswald, he ... More


“Discontented Air”; or, The Rape of the Lock

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

in Air’s Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, 1660–1794

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226476698
eISBN:
9780226476711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226476711.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock was the closest he would come to being a “poet of nature.” Through his work, Pope brought a world of pretenses—the “airs” that human beings affect. Sixty years ... More


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