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Illusion

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Formed in 1964 in Long Island, New York, USA, the Illusion were a locally popular band in the same ‘blue-eyed soul’ scene that also produced more world-famous bands such as ...

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‘Naught But Illusion’? Buckingham’s Painted Selves

Alastair Bellany.

in Writing Lives

January 2012; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 13050 words.

This chapter explores the relation between a traditional biographical approach to Buckingham’s life story and an approach focused on his performance and fashioning of the courtly self. In...

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The power and illusion of words: renegotiating ineffable presence in the advent of humanism and reform

Noam Reisner.

in Milton and the Ineffable

November 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 19288 words.

This chapter explores the radical changes in the intellectual presence of ineffability in Western thought following the rise of humanism and the impact of religious reform. It seeks to...

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Leopardi and Petrarch

Pamela Williams.

in Petrarch in Britain

November 2007; p ublished online February 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 11457 words.

This chapter examines Giacomo Leopardi's own imitation of Petrarch. It describes Leopardi's major engagement with Petrarch including his commentary on the Canzoniere and explains the...

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Sound Effects

Katherine Steele Brokaw.

in Staging Harmony

August 2016; p ublished online January 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 14386 words.

This chapter argues that Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus exposes music, magic, and religion as culturally interdependent and all reliant on the human-produced theatricality of sound to...

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Pascal's Critique of Experience

MICHAEL MORIARTY.

in Early Modern French Thought

July 2003; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 24081 words.

Our experience, that of social relationships in particular, is constructed by the delusive faculty of imagination. Our subjection to the imagination is a consequence of the Fall, without...

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Malebranche: ‘What Is Falsely Called Experience’

MICHAEL MORIARTY.

in Early Modern French Thought

July 2003; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 44180 words.

Like Descartes, Malebranche sees philosophy as needing to break with tradition and with spontaneous habits of thought. Unlike Descartes (but like Pascal), he refuses to separate...

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‘Dreams of Men Awake’: India

Ros Ballaster.

in Fabulous Orients

November 2007; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 41155 words.

This chapter argues that fictions claiming to derive from and about India repeatedly trope India as a dream, but not always in the positive sense of a space to be possessed by the...

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Sympathy and the Production of Society

John Mullan.

in Sentiment and Sociability

September 1990; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 16526 words.

David Hume's reputation as the sardonic analyst of common beliefs, and of religious commitment in particular, has survived his own time to symbolize the iconoclasm of a retrospectively...

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Visionary Spenser and the Poetics of Early Modern Platonism

Kenneth Borris.

August 2017; p ublished online August 2017 .

Book. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 272 pages.

This book defines Platonism’s roles in early modern theories of literature, then turns to reappraise the Platonizing major poet Edmund Spenser. Platonic concerns and conceptions profoundly...

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Serializing a Self

Thomas Keymer.

in Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel

November 2002; p ublished online January 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800). 17537 words.

Illusions of proleptic parody in Sterne always derive, on inspection, from his conscious parody of existing texts or trends, and so it is with his anticipation of the hazards and pitfalls...

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