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Secondary Reading

General Historical Background

John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century (1997)

Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 (1992)

H. T. Dickinson, A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain (2002)

Paul Langford, A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-83 (1989) [key historical background]

James Sambrook, The Eighteenth Century: The Intellectual and Cultural Context (Longman Literature in English series, 1993)


Frederic V. Bogel, The Difference Satire Makes: Rhetoric and Reading from Jonson to Byron (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2000).

Laura Brown, “Reading Race and Gender: Jonathan Swift,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 23.4 (1990), 425-443.

Ashley Marshall, “Contemporary Views on Satire, 1658-1770,” in Marshall, The Practice of Satire (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Dustin Griffin, Satire: A Critical Reintroduction (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1994).

Mark Hallett, “Re-Reading A Harlot's Progress,” in Hallett, The Spectacle of Difference: Graphic Satire in the Age of Hogarth (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1999).

Felicity Nussbaum, The Brink of All We Hate: English Satires on Women 1660-1750 (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1984).

Michael Seidel, “Crisis Rhetoric and Satiric Power,” New Literary History 20.1 (1988), 165-86.

The Novel

Peter Garside and Karen O'Brien, The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol. 2: English and British Fiction, 1750-1820 (2015)

Brean Hammond and Shaun Regan, Making the Novel: Fiction and Society in Britain, 1660-1789 (2006)

J. Paul Hunter, Before Novels: The Cultural Context of Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (1990)

Cheryl Nixon, Novel Definitions: An Anthology of Commentary on the Novel, 1688-1815 (2009)

Leah Orr, Novel Ventures: Fiction and Print Culture in England, 1690-1730 (2017)

Nick Seager, The Rise of the Novel: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism (2012)

Patricia Meyer Spacks, Novel Beginnings: Experiments in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction (2006)

Charlotte Sussman, Eighteenth-Century Literature, 1660-1789 (2011) -- A REALLY GOOD INTRODUCTION

Helen Thompson, Fictional Matter: Empiricism, Corpuscles, and the Novel (2016)

Michael McKeon, The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987)

Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel (Berkeley, 1967) William Warner, Licensing Entertainment: The Rise of Novel Reading in Britain: 1684-1750 (University of California Press, 1998)

Kathleen Lubey, Excitable Imaginations: Eroticism and Reading in Britain, 1660-1760 (Bucknell 2012)

Deidre Lynch, The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Thomas Keymer and Peter Sabor, Pamela in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Tom Keymer, Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel (Oxford, 2002)

Sandra McPherson, Harm’s Way: Tragic responsibility and the Novel Form (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

John Richetti, ed. Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Novel (Cambridge, 1996)

Space and Landscape

John Barrell, “An Unerring Gaze: the prospect of society in the poetry of James Thomson and John Dyer,” in Barrell, English Literature in History, 1730-80: An Equal, Wide Survey (London: Hutchinson, 1983).

Rachel Crawford, “English Georgic and British Nationhood,” ELH 65 (1998), 123–58.

Bridget Keegan, “Georgic Transformations and Stephen Duck’s The Thresher’s Labour,” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 41.3 (2001), 545-62.

Tim Fulford, Landscape, Liberty and Authority: Poetry, Criticism and Politics from Thomson to Wordsworth (Cambridge University Press, 2006), esp. chapters 1-3. Suvir Kaul, “Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard,” in Christine Gerrard (ed.), A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006).

Anthony Pollock, “Neutering Addison and Steele: Aesthetic Failure and the Spectatorial Public Sphere,” ELH 74.3 (2007), 707-34.

Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (London: Chatto & Windus, 1973).

Material Culture

Neil McKendrick, John Brewer, and J.H.Plumb, The Birth of a Consumer Society: the Commercialization of eighteenth-century England (Europa, 1982)

Lynn Festa, "Person, Animal, Thing: The 1796 Dog Tax and the Right to Superfluous Things" 
Eighteenth-Century Life 33.2, Spring 2009

Tita Chico, Designing Women: The Dressing Room in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture (2005) Jonathan Lamb, The Things Thing Say (Chicago, Chicago UP)

Julie Park, The Self and It: Novel Objects in Eighteenth-Century England (Stanford, 2009)

Paula Byrne, The Real Jane Austen: a Life in Small Things (Harper Collins, 2012)

Mark Blackwell, Ed. The Secret Life of Things: Animals and Objects in Eighteenth-Century Fictions of Circulation (Bucknell, 2006)

Chloe Whigston Smith, Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge, 2013)

Tim Morton, Radical Food: The Culture and Politics of Eating and Drinking, 1790-1820 (Routledge, 2000)