Aims & Scope
1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era publishes scholarly studies and book reviews concerning the “long” eighteenth century: in England, the period from the Interregnum and the Restoration through the early Romantic period; throughout Europe, the period commonly designated as the Enlightenment. 1650-1850 is one of the very few comprehensive journals that surveys this entire era and that encourages scholarship addressing the entirety of this rich, vivacious, and various era. The journal is primarily concerned with the history of ideas, with literature and the arts, and, especially, with the artful presentation of ideas. It is open to scholarship on any nation, culture, or language tradition. Interdisciplinary, it publishes literary criticism, studies in art history, discussions of the history of science and philosophy, musicological essays, and, in sum, any research that considers interactions between thought, culture, and the various arts.
Over the years, a key feature of 1650-1850 has been its readiness to publish special features: suites of essays on specific but far-reaching topics. Such special features have included multi-essay offerings on such provocative topics as “worlding,” the creation of imaginary worlds and the confrontation with new worlds; the peculiar, literary and satiric philosophy of Bernard Mandeville; and eighteenth-century rakes and libertines.
Following volume 23, 1650-1850 moved to a new publisher, Bucknell University Press, where it continues to flourish.