of the Exotic
Porcelain, silk, tea, pagoda-style buildings....all part of the flood
of exotic influences that spread through England during the 17th and
18th century. Our site will examine the main importer of these goods,
the East India Company, and the place, they occupied in English daily
life, from the parlor to the poorhouses. Step inside and be transported!
(Michelle Brown, Nicole DeRosia, Amber Matheson, and Paul Winterstein)
The Beggar's Opera
This website provides musical, theatrical, and historical background
on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, which was a ground-breaking
work of its time. Gay broke the mold by popularizing the "ballad opera"
form, poking fun at Italian opera. The work was a huge success at
its first performance in 1728 and continues to delight audiences today.
(Donna Bareket, Deborah Selig, and Anne Lauckner)
- Comic Art in Eighteenth Century England
Come here to find out about one of the leading forms of satire in eighteenth-century England. You'll learn about the specific arenas in which caricature was used, as well as about the artists who helped to define what could be done with the art form. Marvel at the roots of satirical art dating all the way back to Leonardo da Vinci!
(Wes Bel, Tim Najmolhoda)
Exploring Eighteenth Century England with William Hogarth
William Hogarth’s wide interest in the society and politics that surrounded
him, as well as his artistic talents, allowed him to produce works which
capture the essence of eighteenth century British society with extreme
precision. As a result, his art today not only provides aesthetic
pleasures, but aids its viewers with the exploration of many complex themes
of the time period. Among the many ideas explored by Hogarth’s work were:
prostitution, the opposing views of the city, and British politics.
(Maria Baldysz and Lindsy Katoch)
A survey of the eighteenth-century periodical the Female Tatler,
this site explores a variety of issues surrounding both its production
and consumption including marketing, publication history, and the
various themes discussed by the periodical itself. Enter this site
and experience the literary life of an eighteenth-century reader .
(Latha Reddy and Rebecca Gershenson Smith)
Mysteries: To My Dearest Lucasia
This project provides a hypertext analysis of the poem "Friendship's Mysterys:
To My Dearest Lucasia" by Katherine Philips. This poem can be read in
terms of its context in the life of the poet, her other works, and the
works of other authors during the 17th century. This site looks at
certain words and phrases used in the poem that refer to classical,
religious, and literary sources and discusses the diction that she chose to
use in order to reveal the underlying and intertextual significance of her
(Christine Kingston, Lauren Koski, Ryan Shevin)
Up Eighteenth-Century Style
Growing Up Eighteenth-Century Style is a website that explores what
it was like for children to grow up during that period. With four
fictional characters, this site explores how different life was for
boys and girls, as well as upper-class and lower-class. Meet George
Moneybags IV, Titania Blueblood, Tim Oliver, and Pamela Pinch and
learn about their families, education, and ways to have fun!
(Katie Bondy and Grace Edwards)
Literary Tour of Eighteenth-Century London
This site offers a jaunty tour of the bohemian subcultures that flourished
in 18th-century London. It features brothels, executions, coffee houses,
and Samuel Johnson. Hop in the carriage and check it out, or use the
city map to choose the most intriguing haunts...
(Carolyn Jacobs & Kelcie Haas)
Wollstonecraft: The Political as Personal
This webpage is devoted to the politics of Mary Wollstonecraft,
feminist author of the 18th-Century. Unlike other Wollstonecraft websites,
however, this homepage has a specific focus centering on the personal
application of her philosophies and politics to her very own life.
(Dorothy McGivney, Jennifer Ellis, and Jennifer Mahler)
This site looks at five eighteenth-century illustrated editions of Samuel
Richardson's Pamela and examines how the novel was visually interpreted
in its own time, and what we can make of the the illustrations and decorations
today. More broadly, the site explores the function of illustration
and print technologies in the 1700s.
(Olivera Jokic and Lori Errico-Seaman)
on Children: Children's Literature in the Eighteenth Century
This website examines children's literature in England's 18th Century
in order to elucidate the manner in which adults perceived their children.
It begins by outlining the major philosophies that influenced society's
perception of children, and then goes on to show the ways in which children's
literature reinforced the ideals and social standards of the time.
(Jean Wong, Jocelyn Kim, and Andrew Wong)
on Theatre Culture: Early Theatre in England (1660-1737)
The Early Theatre of England was a period of innovation, drama,
intellecualism, and inspiration. Creativity flourished in eclectic forms,
as brilliant playwrights, directors, and actors brought the wonder of
literature to life. Come join us on an exhilirating tour through the
world of Early English Theatre!
(Jason Storey, Gillian Knoll, Lonnie Schwartz)
Changes to Stowe Garden during the 18th Century
This website deals with the philosophical changes behind the evolution
of Stowe Garden during the 18th Century.
(Eric Doeh and Jill DeHaan)
This website is about religious satire during the eighteenth century
in England. It deals mostly with the satire of Methodism and the satire
of Jonathan Swift, but also focuses on other major satirists like Henry
Fielding and John Milton.
(Antoine Varner and Dena Bistolaridis)
Theater: Town and Country
Within the pages of Town and Country you will find an insider's
guide to Restoration Theater. You will learn of the foils and follies
of writers such as George Etherege, actesses such as Elizabeth Barry,
and of course you will learn how to correctly comb your periwig. Town
and Country brings you the latest gossip surrounding this socially influential
form of entertainment, gossip that will make sure you are laughing along
with the crowd.
(Greg Deutch, Rebecca Karp)
Cyrus Peabody's Betterment Emporium
Hello dear patron! My name is Cyrus Peabody, and welcome
to my Emporium of Betterment, where you will find all the means to becoming
the most moral and virtuous citizen you can be. I provide my gentle
assistance in the main areas which cause our dear citizens concern,
from embarking on the righteous path of a proper courtship, letter writing,
ballroom etiquette, appropriate dress, and how to impart upright character
and moral values in our children.
(Amy Coughlin, Crystal Wong, Rachel Razgunas)
To The World Of John Constable
This page is an introduction to the world of the 18th century through
the eyes of the painter John Constable. Ever wanted to enter a painting
like Mary Poppins entered the world of the chimney sweep's chalk art?
This site is your place to be.
(Lee Ann Benkert and Liz Deering)
Writers of Eighteenth-Century England
goal in creating this site was to provide samples of significant women
who shaped eighteenth-century English literature. Included in these
pages are nine such women, including Fanny Burney and Hester Thrale.
For each, we provided biographical information and selected works. On
one of the main are nine such women, including Fanny Burney and Hester
Thrale. For each, we provided biographical information and selected
works. On one of the main pages, we've written a summary detailing society's
view of women and their writing during this time. We've also designed
a timeline, which broadly outlines the literary history of eighteenth-century
England so that readers will be able to compare the life and works of
these women with those of better known, male authors. As a final treat,
we've added a 'conversations' page. This discusses the friendships and
groups that many of these women formed with one another. From here,
the reader can choose from three links to listen in on a "mock
conversation" that these women might have.
(Naomi Latva, Brad Painter, Alex J. Pfund)