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Eighteenth-Century Fiction publishes reviews of relevant, recent scholarly books in each regular issue of the journal. Publishers, please email about getting a book reviewed in the journal. / ECF publie des critiques pertinentes sur des livres d’érudition dans chaque numéro. Les maisons d’édition peuvent envoyer un courriel à Jacqueline Langille, Managing Editor,, afin de faire réviser un de leurs livres dans la revue.

ECF Book Review Editors / Les rédacteurs des critiques littéraires: April London, Ottawa University | Katherine Quinsey, University of Windsor | Isabelle Tremblay, Collège militaire royal du Canada

Newest reviews: free to read. / Lire les critiques littéraires du prochain numéro gratuitement et à l’avance:

Vol. 31, no. 3, Spring 2019

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Menials: Domestic Service and the Cultural Transformation
of British Society, 1650–1850 by Kristina Booker
Review by Anaclara Castro-Santana, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México · 597

Corporate Romanticism: Liberalism, Justice, and the Novel by Daniel M. Stout
Review by Scott R. MacKenzie, UBC · 600

Animals and Humans: Sensibility and Representation, 1650–1820, ed. Katherine M. Quinsey
Review by Bärbel Czennia, McNeese State University · 602

Minds in Motion: Imagining Empiricism in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Literature by Anne M. Thell
Review by Li Qi Peh, Columbia University · 604

Lumières et océan Indien: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Évariste Parny, Antoine de Bertin, dir. Chantale Meure et Guilhem Armand
Critique littéraire par Françoise Lionnet, Université Harvard · 606

Literature, Electricity and Politics, 1740–1840: “Electric Communication Every Where” by Mary Fairclough
Review by Jessica Hamel-Akré, Cambridge · 610

Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English by Janet Sorensen
Review by Taylor F. Walle, Washington and Lee University · 613

Sade et le Zen, par Norbert Sclippa
Critique littéraire par Marco Menin, Université de Turin · 615

Samuel Richardson and the Theory of Tragedy: Clarissa’s Caesuras by J.A. Smith
Review by Rebecca Anne Barr, National University of Ireland, Galway · 618

Betwixt and Between: The Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft by Brenda Ayres
Review by Michelle Faubert, University of Manitoba and Northumbria University · 621

Jane Austen: Writer in the World, ed. Kathryn Sutherland; and Jane Austen: The Chawton Letters, ed. Kathryn Sutherland
Review by Rachel Ramsey, Assumption College · 624

The Other Adam Smith by Mike Hill and Warren Montag
Review by Shane Herron, Furman University · 627

Decadence, Radicalism and the Early Modern French Nobility: The Enlightened and Depraved by Chad Denton
Review by Rori Bloom, University of Florida · 629

Walking in the City: Urban Experience and Literary Psychogeography in Eighteenth-Century London by Catharina Löffler
Review by Elizabeth McKellar, The Open University · 632

The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-
Century Home by Abigail Williams
Review by Patricia Michaelson, University of Texas at Dallas · 634

Face Value: The Consumer Revolution and the Colonizing of America by Cary Carson
Review by David Vinson, Auburn University · 636

Vol. 31, no. 2, Winter 2018-19

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America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting
Review by Jessica L. Fripp, Texas Christian University · 457

Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures, ed. Yuriko Jackall
Review by Melissa Percival, University of Exeter · 460

The Age of Silver: Th e Rise of the Novel East and West by Ning Ma
Review by Daniel Purdy, Pennsylvania State University · 462

Speech, Print and Decorum in Britain, 1600–1750: Studies in Social Rank and Communication by Elspeth Jajdelska
Review by Erin Keating, University of Manitoba · 464

Women Wanderers and the Writing of Mobility, 1784–1814 by Ingrid Horrocks
Review by Andrew McInnes, Edge Hill University · 467

Women’s Writing, 1660–1830: Feminisms and Futures, ed. Jennie Batchelor and Gillian Dow, with a preface by Isobel Grundy
Review by Leanne Cane, Northumbria University · 469

Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen by Jocelyn Harris
Review by Melissa Rampelli, Holy Family University · 471

Altérité et identité dans les histoires anglaises au XVIIIe siècle: Contexte(s), réception et discours by Beatrijs Vanacker
Review by Mary Helen McMurran, Western University · 474

Brought to Book: Print in Ireland, 1680–1784 by Toby Barnard
Review by Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh,
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies · 476

Sade, un essai biographique, par Laurence L. Bongie, trans. Alan McDonnell et Armelle St-Martin
Review by Melissa A. Deininger, Iowa State University · 479

Vol. 31, no. 1, Fall 2018

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Performance review: The Way of the World by William Congreve; and The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich by Mary Pix
Review by Julia H. Fawcett, UC Berkeley · 231

Restoration Printed Fiction: A Comprehensive and Searchable Database of Fiction Printed 1660–1700 (website), by Marta Kvande
Review by Leah Orr, University of Louisiana, Lafayette · 234

The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser
Review by Katie Halsey, University of Stirling · 236

Le Conte à visée morale et philosophique, de Fénelon à Voltaire par Magali Fourgnaud
Critique littéraire par Ute Heidmann et Jean-Michel Adam,
Université de Lausanne · 239

Effeminate Years: Literature, Politics, and Aesthetics in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain by Declan Kavanagh
Review by Jason D. Solinger, University of Mississippi · 242

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Enlightenment, ed. Anne C. Vila
Review by Mary Peace, Sheffi eld Hallam University · 245

Republic of Taste: Arts, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America by Catherine E. Kelly
Review by David Vinson, Auburn University · 247

The Secret History in Literature, 1660–1820, ed. Rebecca Bullard and Rachel Carnell
Review by Michael J. Drexler, Bucknell University · 250

Vol. 30, no. 4, Summer 2018

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Une « période sans nom »: Les Années 1780–1820 et la fabrique de l’histoire littéraire, ed. F. Bercegol, S. Genand, and F. Lotterie
Review by Clare Siviter, University of Bristol · 593

Femmes auteurs du XVIIIe siècle, éd. Ángeles Sirvent Ramos María Isabel Corbí Sáez et María Ángeles Llorca Tonda
Critique littéraire par Kim Gladu, Université du Québec à Rimouski · 595

In Praise of Fiction: Prefaces to Romances and Novels, 1650–1760 by Baudouin Millet
Review by Angelina Del Balzo, University of California, Los Angeles · 598

The Shelley-Godwin Archive (S-GA), gen. ed. Neil Fraistat, Elizabeth Denlinger, and Raffaele Viglianti,
William Godwin’s Diary, dir. Victoria Myers, David O’Shaughnessy, and Mark Philp,
Review by Richard Gough Thomas, PhD · 601

Robinson Crusoe and His Doubles: The English Robinsonade of the Eighteenth Century by Artur Blaim
Review by Ian Kinane, University of Roehampton · 604

The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture, ed. Ralph McLean, Ronnie Young, and Kenneth Simpson
Review by Juliet Shields, University of Washington · 606

The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, and the Legacies of Criticism by Fiona Brideoake
Review by Allana Mayer, MLIS · 609

Antitheatricality and the Body Public by Lisa A. Freeman
Review by Kristina Straub, Carnegie Mellon University · 611

Vol. 30, no. 3, Spring 2018

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Vol. 30, no. 2, Winter 2017-18

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Vol. 30, no. 1, Fall 2017

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For ECF reviews in volumes 1-29, please read the journal on Project MUSE.