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A 1766 portrait of David Hume, currently housed in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This 1797 encyclopedia entry observes that contemporary texts that discuss passions always include at least one example of a pair. There is not an all-encompassing idea of passions; the very idea of them includes the inherent dichotomy. This claim is…


Fantomina Paragraph 2.pdf
An annotated version of paragraph 2 of Haywood'sFantomina. These annotations pay special attention to the perception of women in the 18th century within the context of writings by philosophers such as David Hume and John Locke.

An annotated passage from Fantomina which analyzes how that passage works with the novel as a whole and eighteenth-century ideas about the human mind.

The picture depicts a variety of passions. The passions are all presented in a way that reflect some of their characteristic, and all these passions are chained to a person who is looking up to the divine grace.


In Calais, the woman who interests Yorick remarks on their present interaction (holding hands and playing the game of who will let go). She suggests that the heart makes immediate decisions, and most people follow through with those, driven by their…

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A profound comment was made by Yorick when realizing the German man's intense love for his lost donkey. He proclaims that the people ought to love each other in the way this man loved his donkey, and that the world would be a better place. This…

This excerpt from a journal article introduces the idea of politeness in the eighteenth-century. This excerpt talks about trends between politeness and its relation to behavior. This is similar to discussions of sentimentalism, passions, and…

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Prostitution was rampant in Georgian England, especially around London. It was so common, in fact, that a directory was published annually to list and describe all of the known prostitutes working the streets around Covent Garden for the general…

Like the novel, poetry provided a medium for new understandings of the mind in the Restoration period of the 17th century,

One such poem is "Absence." by Samuel Pordage, published in 1660. Towards the end of the poem, the narrator declares that "A…
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