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Textus

English Studies in Italy

volume XXXII (), No. 


(September-December)

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Textus: English Studies in Italy. First published in , Textus is the leading
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Editor in Chief
Giovanni Iamartino (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Editorial Board
Silvia Bruti (Università degli Studi di Pisa) Language issue
Massimo Sturiale (Università degli Studi di Catania) Language issue
Gioia Angeletti (Università degli Studi di Parma) Literature issue
Fernando Cioni (Università degli Studi di Firenze) Literature issue
Silvia Antosa (Università degli Studi di Enna “Kore”) Culture issue
Nicoletta Vallorani (Università degli Studi di Milano) Culture issue

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Bill Ashcroft (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Susan Bassnett (University of Warwick, UK)
Catherine Belsey (Swansea University, UK)
Colin Burrow (All Souls College, Oxford; Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, UK)
Giuseppina Cortese (Emerita, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy)
Lidia Curti (Honorary Professor, formerly Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”,
Italy)
Robert DeMaria, Jr. (Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA)
Richard Dyer (King’s College, London, UK)
Monica Fludernik (Universität Freiburg, Germany)
Shelley Hornstein (York University, Toronto, Canada)
Johan Jacobs (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Andreas H. Jucker (Universität Zürich, Switzerland)
Coppélia Kahn (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Franco Marenco (Professor Emeritus, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy)
Angela McRobbie (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK)
Eric Rabkin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
Dominic Rainsford (Aarhus Universitet, Denmark)
Philip Riley (Professor Emeritus, Université de Nancy II, France)
Barbara Seidlhofer (Universität Wien, Austria)
Mick Short (University of Lancaster, UK)
Gabriele Stein (formerly Universität Heidelberg, Germany)
Irma Taavitsainen (Helsingin Yliopisto, Helsinki, Finland)
Michael Toolan (University of Birmingham, UK)
Harish Trivedi (University of Delhi, India)
Timothy Webb (University of Bristol, UK)
Heather Wolfe (Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA)
Henry Woudhuysen (Lincoln College, Oxford)

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Contents

Inventing and Regulating: the Eighteenth Century


between Experiment and System
edited by Robert DeMaria, Jr. and Lia Guerra

Robert DeMaria, Jr., Lia Guerra


Inventing and Regulating: The Eighteenth Century
between Experiment and System. Preface 

. Essays on literary genres

Paolo Bugliani
Regulating the Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essay:
A Poetics from The Tatler, The Spectator and The Rambler 

Riccardo Capoferro
The Rise of “the Novel”: Naming (and Disciplining)
New Fiction in Eighteenth-Century Britain 

Elena Cotta Ramusino


Irish Gothic: How the Canon Intersects History 

Manuela D’Amore
“Judicious books enlarge the mind and improve
the heart”: Literature in Women’s Pedagogical Writings
in Late Enlightenment England 
 CONTENTS

. Transition: Essays on literary performances

Silvia Spera
“Odi et Amo”: Shakespearean Supernatural Dimensions
on the Eighteenth-Century Stage 

Rosamaria Loretelli
The Eighteenth-Century Invention of Literary Suspense 

. Science and Society

Silvia Granata
Joseph Priestley and the Fate of Eudiometry:
Debates on Method, Progress, and the Politics of Science 

Chiara Rolli
Parliamentary Emotions: Edmund Burke’s Experiment
against a Monstrous Imperial System 

Gioia Angeletti
Resistance and Experimentation: The Ladies of Llangollen
and Enlightenment Ideas of Progress and Improvement 

Contributors 
Regulating the Eighteenth-Century
Periodical Essay: A Poetics from
The Tatler, The Spectator and The Rambler
Paolo Bugliani

Abstract
This paper investigates the concealed manifesto of essay writing that
Addison, Steele, and Johnson inserted in some clearly non-systematic,
yet crucial, meta-essayistic passages of their periodical works. This
‘camouflaged’ eighteenth-century reflection on the genre reached its climax
with Samuel Johnson’s  Dictionary entry, where the arbiter literarum
described the essay as “a loose sally of the mind”, quite unexpectedly
sanctioning its nomadic and wandering nature in the normative context
of a dictionary.
Keywords: the essay (genre), periodical literature, metaliterature, Addison,
Steele, Johnson, literary magazines, Dictionary.

He so often varies his Shape, that Proteus,


Posture, Clerk and Gerkin, are but Tom Fools to
him. But what is most surprising, is that he can
change others also as well as himself into what
Forms he pleases.
The Character of the Tatler ()

. Binding an eighteenth-century Proteus

Among literary genres, the essay unquestionably ranks among the


most difficult to define. With recourse to one of the most fascinating
classical myths, O.B. Hardison equated the critic attempting a
definition to Menelaus binding Proteus: “If there is no genre more
widespread in modern letters than the essay”, he argued, “there is also
no genre that takes so many shapes and that refuses so successfully to
resolve itself, finally, into its own shape” (Hardison : ). Unlike
poetical forms, such as the sonnet, and narrative genres, the essay

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