Eighteenth-Century Studies is a forum for new research and perspectives on the many cultures of the "long" eighteenth century (1660-1820). The seminar explores eighteenth-century literatures, histories, politics, philosophies, science, art, music, and material cultures from diverse theoretical, methodological, and national standpoints. We seek as well to foster an interdisciplinary community of scholars whose intellectual interests encompass this vibrant period.

Upcoming Events

Charlotte Guichard, Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique
Artists' Graffiti in Eighteenth-Century Rome
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center
Paula McDowell, New York University
Revisiting the NYPL Berg Collection Dunciad[s]: "Vociferation" in Manuscript, Print, Typescript, and Digital Media
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Cosponsored by the History of the Book seminar.

Giora Sternberg, University of Oxford
Manipulating Information in the Ancien RĂ©gime: The View from the Provinces
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 4:00pm
Building E51-095, MIT

Co-sponsored by History of the Book seminar.

Stephen Osadetz, Harvard University
Talk Title TBA
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Past Events 2014 - 15

Lawrence Lipking, Northwestern University
Patching the 18th-Century Canon: The Many Lives of the Norton Anthology of English Literature
Drummond Bone, Balliol College, Oxford
Byron and the Margins of Romanticism: The Women of Don Juan's English Cantos
Roundtable Discussion
Austen in the Classroom: Teaching Mansfield Park
Sixth Annual Dinner Symposium: New Eyes on the Eighteenth Century
Srividhya Swaminathan, Long Island University
Print and Personhood in the Early Caribbean Rhetoric of the Runaway
Janet Polasky, University of New Hampshire
Revolutions Between Nations, 1776-1789

Past Events 2013 - 14

Jill Campbell, Yale University
CLEOPATRA SPEAKS: Alexander Pope and the Fictionality Effect
Amy Freund, Texas Christian University
Dogs, Guns, and Men in Eighteenth-Century France
Deborah Jenson, Duke University
Neuroscience and the Poetics of the Haitian Declaration of Independence
New Eyes on the 18th Century V: Dinner Symposium
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, University of Michigan
The Promises and Failures of Liberal Universalism: Thomas Branagan and the "Whitening of American Democracy"
Ruth Mack, SUNY-Buffalo
Abstracting the South Seas: Joseph Banks and Early Ethnography

Past Events 2012 - 13

Christina Lupton, University of Warwick
"Contingency and the Eighteenth-Century Page"
Looking Backwards: A Jane Austen Mini-Series In Three Parts
Looking Backwards: A Jane Austen Mini-Series In Three Parts
Looking Backwards: A Jane Austen Mini-Series In Three Parts
New Eyes on the Eighteenth Century III: Dinner Symposium
Michael Gamer, University of Pennsylvania
"Re-collection's Intranquility"
Nancy Kendrick, Wheaton College
"I thank thee Lord that I am Friendless too, Tho that alas be hard to do': Astell and Wollstonecraft on Aristotelian Friendship"
Wendy Wassyng Roworth, University of Rhode Island
"Gossip, Scandal, Romance, and Rumor: Angelica Kauffman in Life and in Love"
Susan Bordo, University of Kentucky

on The Creation of Anne Boleyn

Past Events 2011 - 12

Matthew Gelbart, Fordham University
"Allan Ramsay and the Idea of 'National Music' in Europe"
William Keach, Brown University
"The Ruins of Empire and Cultural Property: Gibbon and Volney"
New Eyes on Research Problems @ the Eighteenth Century: A Dinner Workshop
Dror Wahrman, Indiana University
"The Media Revolution in Early Modern England: An Artist's Perspective"
Ann Shteir, York University
"Refiguring Flora: the 'Botanic Goddess' in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Science"
Vincent Denis
"Police and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Transnational Perspectives"
Mark Laird, Harvard University
"Mary Delany and the Accomplishments of Gardening Women in Widowhood"

Past Events 2010 - 11

John Wiltshire, LaTrobe University
"Samuel Johnson and Women Writers"
Kristel Smentek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Encountering Asia in Eighteenth-Century France"
New Eyes on the Eighteenth Century II: Graduate Students Present Their Work
Simon Richter, University of Pennsylvania
"Weimar Heteroclassicism: Wilhelm von Humboldt, Caroline von Wolzogen, and the Aesthetics of Gender"
Jan Fergus, Lehigh University
"The Provincial Market for Poetry in the Eighteenth Century: Copyright, Cost, and Circulation"
Norma Clarke, Kingston University, London
"The Adventures of Jack Luckless, or, The Real Story of John Carteret Pilkington"
John Bender, Stanford University
"Rational Choice in Love"