Literature, Arts and Media 2017-18






... DI CHI


laurence sterne 1713-1768


James Boswell, 1760:

He had of Books a chosen few,
He read as Humour bid him do;
If Metaphisics seem’d too dark,
Shifted to Gay from Dr Clark;
If in the least it hurt his eyes,
He instantaneously would rise,
Take up his violin and play –
His Pencil next, then sketch away.
Here goes a flow’r! extreamly neat.
Let me attempt Sue’s count’nance sweet,
The little Gipsey drest in blue,
Who to the Pulpit sits next Pew . . ..


Shandy Hall di Patrick Wildgast




From his memoir


Letters from Yorick to Eliza from

1723 grammar-school in Elvington

1731 his father dies

1733-1740 Cambridge

1740 Sutton-on-the-Forest

1741 marrie Elizabeth Lumley >> Lydia 1747

1758 Elizabeth's breakdown

1759: first 2 volumes
1761: volumes 3-4
1762: volumes 5-6
1765: volumes 7-8
1767: volumes 9

Timeline 1 - 2 - 3

1760 Coxwald - Shandy Hall




'Thos Bridges and Lawrence Sterne, as Mountebanks' by C.J. Smith, published 1838 in Dibdin's Bibliographical, Antiquarian, and Picturesque Tour in the North Counties of England and Scotland.


“J.Reynolds / pinx 1760”


John the Baptist

The Ashmolean Museum


What, therefore, seemed the least liable to objections of any, was that the chief sensorium, or headquarters of the soul, and to which place all intelligences were referred, and from whence all her mandates were issued,—was in, or near, the cerebellum,—or rather somewhere about the medulla oblongata, wherein it was generally agreed by Dutch anatomists that all the minute nerves from all the organs of the seven senses concentered (2.5.17)



1762 Paris

1765 Tour in France ad Italy

1768 Sterne dies


Richard Cosway


Writing to her, he states:

I am just returned from our dear Mrs. James’s . . ..—She has got your picture, and likes
it: but Marriott, and some other judges, agree that mine is the better, and expressive of a
sweeter character. But what is that to the original? yet I acknowledge that hers is a
picture for the world; and mine is calculated only to please a very sincere friend, or sentimental philosopher
.—In the one, you are dressed in smiles, with all the advantages
of silks, pearls, and ermine;—in the other, simple as a vestal—appearing the good girl
nature made you;—which, to me, conveys an idea of more unaffected sweetness, than Mrs. Draper
, habited for conquest, in a birthday suit, with her countenance animated, and her dimples visible. (Letters 312)



Hamilton Mortimer, A Caricature Group

A Sentimental Journey: “the little picture which I have so long worn, and so often have told thee, Eliza, I
would carry with me into my grave” (ASJ 3.18–19).



Nel 1973: The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: Enlightenment

“shallow and pretentious intellectualism, unreasonable contempt for authority and tradition, etc., applied esp. to the spirit and aims of the French philosophers of the 18th c.”


  • George I (1714-27)
  • George II (1727-60)
  • George III (1760-1820)





Fracis Bacon: profeta della nuova scienza moderna - faber sua quisque fortunae

Isaac Newton: ha rivelato le leggi dell’universo

[Le tre leggi di Newton affermano che:

• un corpo in quiete rimane in quiete e un corpo in movimento lungo una linea retta rimane in movimento uniforme, a meno che non venga disturbato da una forza esterna;

• l’accelerazione di un corpo è direttamente proporzionale alla forza applicata e ha la direzione della linea retta nella quale agisce la forza;

• a ogni forza si contrappone una forza di reazione uguale e opposta]-


John Locke ha ricostruito la filosofia sul terreno dell’esperienza. "Our Business here is not to know all things, but which concern our conduct > "directing the actions of all rational creatures with respect to each other’s happiness."

” First, a disposition of the mind not to offend others, and secondly, the most acceptable and agreeable way of expressing that disposition. From the one the men are called civil, from the other well fashioned”





Albrecht Dürer






giardino all'italiana



giardino all'inglese



giardino all'inglese






  • The Tatler 1709 < fondatore Richard Steel
  • The Spectator 1711: ex fumo dare lucem = to turn the darkness light < Joseph Addison
  • Famale Spectator di Eliza Haywood, 1744
  • Gentleman’s Magazine

Grub Street


  • Daniel Defoe
  • Samuel Richardson
  • Henry Fielding



Whig + Tories







”First, a disposition of the mind not to offend others, and secondly, the most acceptable and agreeable way of expressing that disposition. From the one the men are called civil, from the other well fashioned.
J.Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, 1690




Samuel Johnson: novels can “figure or configure the mind… so that experience is processed in a particular way” (Rambler 4)