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Urban Enlightenment and the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay

Transatlantic Retrospects


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 1-26
  3. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 27-41
  4. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 42-61
  5. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 62-80
  6. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 81-101
  7. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 102-128
  8. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 129-156
  9. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 157-186
  10. Richard Squibbs
    Pages 187-195
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 196-234

About this book


Urban Enlightenment offers the first literary history of the British periodical essay spanning the entire eighteenth century, and the first to study the genre's development and cultural impact in a transatlantic context.


Age of Enlightenment eighteenth century enlightenment essay genre history history of literature knowledge

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.DePaul UniversityUSA

About the authors

Richard Squibbs is Assistant Professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago, USA. His articles on eighteenth-century British and early American literature have appeared in ELH, Modern Philology and Huntington Library Quarterly.

Bibliographic information


"[A] lively and important book... a fascinating portrait of a genre that might, if critics like Squibbs have their way, displace the novel as the arch-genre of the period in scholarly minds... Scholars of eighteenth-century writing, on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond, will be very grateful for Squibbs's close attention to and invigorating reinterpretation of one of the Enlightenment's defining genres." Nikki Hessell, The BARS Review

"Squibbs has delivered on his promise to shed light on lesser-known works that enrich our understanding of eighteenth-century literary culture in all its diversity, and has demonstrated that these essayists were important commentators on an emergent modernity in which print and the cultivation of taste and manners were deemed crucial. He firmly situates these essays in their social and political contexts, which is all the more impressive since he deals with more than a century of history in England, Scotland, and the United States." Devin Vartija, Tijdschrift voor tijdschriftstudies