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The eighteenth-century review journal as allegory: Smollett’s Critical Review and the work of criticism

Jones, Richard J. (2019). The eighteenth-century review journal as allegory: Smollett’s Critical Review and the work of criticism. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 60(1) (In Press).

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Abstract

One way to read an eighteenth-century review journal would be for the critical judgments that it contains. This essay argues, instead, that it should be read as allegory. The essay focuses on the Critical Review, established by Tobias Smollett in 1756, with the (impossible) aim to review everything, and explores how it appears both as what it is and in what it is not. Placed alongside Smollett’s other works of instalment and translation, what is disclosed by the Critical Review is a new work: the work of criticism itself.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 University of Pennsylvania Press
ISSN: 1935-0201
Extra Information: This is an unedited draft not for citation, and has been accepted for publication in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation in 2019.
Keywords: Tobias Smollett; Enlightenment; periodical literature; review journals; print culture; mediation; translation; allegory; phenomenology; Walter Benjamin
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 49362
Depositing User: Richard Jones
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 15:47
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 15:48
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49362
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