Title

The Afterlife and The Spectator

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Department

English

Language

English

Publication Title

Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Abstract

Joseph Addison and Richard Steele’s Spectator markets itself to readers as a diurnal regimen of moral and spiritual self-formation: by consuming the paper each day, readers can prepare themselves for the afterlife, which the Spectator argues will be an extrapolation or continuation of life lived on earth, rather than a radically different other world. The paper’s own publication history provides a literary double of this theological argument: first published in ephemeral daily installments, the paper ensures its afterlife through republication in enduring volume form. For the Spectator, both literary and personal immortality are constructed from day to day.

Comments

Published as:
Sider Jost, Jacob. "The Afterlife and The Spectator." Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 51, no. 3 (2011): 605-24.

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DOI

10.1353/sel.2011.0024

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