What did eighteenth-century men and women think about when they contemplated the future? What was hidden in the «dark bosom of futurity», as Richardson’s Pamela calls it? Do all types of literature that supply a critique of the present conjure up an idealized past or a vision of a better future? Predictions and prophecies – not only astrological but also political ones, utopian models, theological concepts like predestination, progress in the sciences, and, last but not least, life-after-death, both in the form of secular fame and the immortal soul, are among the topics addressed by the essays collected in this volume.
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- Publication date
- 2012 (September)
- Oriental Tale Swift, Jonathan Burke, Edmund Pope, Alexander Miracle Futurity of Fame Critique of Utopianism Immortality of the Soul Gibbon, Edward
- Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 303 pp., 1 fig.