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Air’s Appearance – Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, 1660–1794 - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Air’s Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, 1660–1794

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis


In this book, the author enlists her readers in pursuit of the elusive concept of atmosphere in literary works. She shows how diverse conceptions of air in the eighteenth century converged in British fiction, producing the modern literary sense of atmosphere and moving novelists to explore the threshold between material and immaterial worlds. The book links the emergence of literary atmosphere to changing ideas about air and the earth’s atmosphere in natural philosophy, as well as to the era’s theories of the supernatural and fascination with social manners—or, as they are now known, “airs.” T ... More

Keywords: atmosphere, earth’s atmosphere, natural philosophy, supernatural, social manners, airs, Enlightenment, scientific revolution, decline of magic, character-based sociability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226476698
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226476711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis, author