[Milton-L] Now available at Eighteenth Century Fiction Online - Vol. 23:2 2011

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Eighteenth-Century Fiction Volume 23, Number 2 /2011 is now available at


This issue contains: 


 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p817m58h40x64067/> The
Enlightenment Worker: An Introduction

Peter Walmsley



DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p817m58h40x64067/>


 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p104170km10l353t/> Wicked
Traders, Deserving Peddlers, and Virtuous Smugglers: The Counter-Economy of
Jane Barker's Jacobite Novel

Constance Lacroix


Abstract: A manuscript-circulated coterie poetess, then a (long-forgotten)
pioneer in the rise of the English novel, Jacobite author Jane Barker
witnessed with distrust and distaste the rise of businessmen and
tradespeople in early eighteenth-century British society. Standing at the
crossroads between the two worlds and world-pictures of the Jacobite court
at Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Hanoverian Britain, deeply concerned with, and
personally affected by, the material difficulties of the daily survival of
Jacobite partisans, she simultaneously expressed and fostered the uneasiness
of the men and women of the landed gentry faced with the change from a
status- to a class-based society in her later novels. To this end, she
created a variety of sharply delineated, often contradictory “trading”
figures vested with symbolic and political significance. Halfway between
observation and allegorization, novelistic characterization provided Barker
with a way to negotiate a difficult adaptation to the unsparing historical
necessity—the dual political and economic revolution—which had upset both
her status as a poet of the elite and the political and religious order to
which she still adhered.


DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p104170km10l353t/>


 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/pu171j57lh5582v6/> The Failure of
Trade's Empire in The History of Emily Montague

Katherine Binhammer


Abstract: The contingencies of applying free trade imperialism to an
impoverished Canada in the 1760s force the characters in Frances Brooke's
The History of Emily Montague to abandon the sentimental colonial project,
retreating to England to establish their domestic Utopia. Other critics have
read Emily Montague's relation to the colonial project as ambiguous; I agree
but relate these ambiguities not to the novel's gender or colonial
practices, but to its economic ideology of global laissez-faire capitalism.
Brooke's novel tries to narrate a plot of infinite wealth accumulation, but
Canada's particular political and economic problems will not abide. The
novel ends up laying bare the contradictions at the heart of this emerging
liberal economic theory.


DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/pu171j57lh5582v6/>


 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p26v317t2w27168x/> “Une voix
Plébéienne” in Eighteenth-Century France: Charlotte Curé, “La Muse

Paul J. Young


Abstract: Charlotte Curé, also known as “La Muse Limonadière,” occupied a
unique position in eighteenth-century French literature. Curé's literary
output—although largely forgotten, and at times forgettable—offers a rare
look into the life of a working-class female writer in the second half of
the eighteenth century. A “maîtresse de café” (or limonadière), she was
nevertheless a female writer who occupied a surprising position in the
“Republic of Letters,” maintaining a correspondence with some of
eighteenth-century France's most influential writers. Her literary career
and her successes are all the more exceptional when considered in tandem
with her biography: by her own admission, she seems to have had no formal
literary training. Moreover, she composed her works (in prose and in verse)
and carried on her literary correspondence while also exercising her trade
at Le Caffé Allemand on the Rue Croix des Petits Champs, not far from the
Palais Royal.


DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p26v317t2w27168x/>




 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/9536k41l3537h388/> Clothes
without Bodies: Objects, Humans, and the Marketplace in Eighteenth-Century
It-Narratives and Trade Cards

Chloe Wigston Smith


Abstract: While recent studies of the things of literature call attention to
the narrative and psychological slippage between people and their
possessions, this essay argues that rather than representing a loss for
human agency, humans and things intermingle to the disadvantage of objects.
I show how trade cards and object narratives engage with the same nexus of
commercial culture, objects, and humans, and share a mutual resistance to
“autonomous garments”—petticoats, shoes, gowns, and other garments depicted
independently of the human form. Object narratives, read in tandem with
trade cards, suggest that the growth of distance between persons and things,
as opposed to their collapse into each other, constitutes a central
narrative in the period's commodity culture and fiction. Object narratives,
even as they transform coats, waistcoats, petticoats, slippers, and shoes
into first-person narrators, actively work against the entanglement of human
and material spheres. Together these genres place sartorial commodities
under human control, emphasizing the human subject's agency over those items
worn closest to the self.


DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/9536k41l3537h388/>


 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/px5217871330836w/> The Hidden
Life of Porcelainiers in Eighteenth-Century France

Christine A. Jones


Abstract: Once porcelain experimentation began on the Continent, from the
mid-seventeenth century onward, the new trade venture inspired discussion of
the porcelain arts that formulated a relationship between the artisan and
the object. In these public discourses—published analyses, treatises, and
descriptions of the trade—the purpose of the porcelainier was made to
disappear behind the mechanical and chemical demands of the craft. My
recuperation of the porcelainier's vision in this article appeals to the
only written tradition in which that voice can be heard: patent documents.
Correspondence exchanged between artisans and the crown from the early days
of experimentation (1670–1700) to the royal regulation of the industry
(1750s) offer evidence of the visionary ideas that porcelainiers brought to
practising and promoting their craft.


DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/px5217871330836w/>


 <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p0u1453j02q45030/> How to Portray
a Trade? Identity and Interpretation in Johan Zoffany's An Optician with His

Craig Ashley Hanson


Abstract: Johan Zoffany's An Optician with His Attendant (1772) underscores
the conventional character of the depiction of a tradesman and, by
extension, trade generally in eighteenth-century Britain. Despite the
striking visual naturalism of this painting, it resists classification as a
straightforward portrait. The sitter has been identified alternately as
Peter Dollond and John Cuff, both important opticians. Each proposal,
however, entails complications. This article considers the ways in which
this Royal Collection painting misrepresents the working lives of both men.
The picture provides insight—not into the life of an individual—but into the
problem of how trades could be represented.


DOI:  <http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/p0u1453j02q45030/>


Reviews/Comptes Rendus


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