Aesthetics and the senses / Eighteenth Century / Food and Culture

The Style of Clarissa and the Ignorance of Lovelace

“Why, Sir, if you were to read Richardson for the story, your impatience would be so much fretted that you would hang yourself. But you must read him for the sentiment, and consider the story as only giving occasion to the sentiment.” — Dr. Johnson Honestly, I was incredibly relieved when I read the quotation … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century

Mary Prince vs. Olaudah Equiano: Gender Specific Slavery and the Respective Effects on Their Plights

An important distinction between Prince and Equiano’s plights is that the former was not able to share her experiences as easily as the latter. Specifically, the way the job of telling one’s story is not equally open to all genders due to the differences in education and opportunities. Although Equiano was uniquely successful in that … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century

The Rhetorical Strategies of Thomas Pringle’s “Supplement to the History of Mary Prince”

Merely judging Mary Prince’s The History of Mary Prince by the cover, when I saw Thomas Pringle’s “Supplement to the History of Mary Prince,” included in the back of my edition, I was curious to whether he would try to affirm or refute her narrative, and since I read hers before his Preface, I began his … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century / Robinson Crusoe

Religion and Fate in The Interesting Narrative and Robinson Crusoe

While reading Olaudah Equaino’s The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, I kept noticing the way he attributed both his fortune and misfortune to providence, and was not surprised when he declared it was an “all-powerful fate” that determined his destiny (91). However, his conflict between “not knowing whether salvation was to be had partly for … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century / Food and Culture

Sugar Production and Consumption

  History of Sugarcane           Scholars have concluded that sugarcane originated in New Guinea about 8,000 years ago, then was traded within Caribbean, Southeast Asian, South American, and European cultures prior to the fourteenth century (The Sugar Association). Sugar was not available to the English public until 1319 since it had to be imported from … Continue reading