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Eighteenth-Century Seminar

Drawing of the Bounty, Correspondence of Miss Nessy Heywood

Drawing of the Bounty, Correspondence of Miss Nessy Heywood, c. 1790, Case MS folio E 5 .H5078

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is designed to foster research and inquiry across the scholarly disciplines in eighteenth-century studies. It aims to provide a methodologically diverse forum for work that engages ongoing discussions and debates along this historical and critical terrain. Each year the seminar sponsors one public lecture followed by questions and discussion, and one work-in-progress session, featuring a precirculated paper.

The seminar is organized by Timothy Campbell, University of Chicago; Lisa A. Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago; Richard Squibbs, DePaul University; and Helen Thompson, Northwestern University.

All sessions are free and open to the public; registration in advance is required.

Past Eighteenth-Century Seminars

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 11.
Catherine Gallagher has argued that the “rising” novel established a firm concept of fictionality that was widely accepted by the mid-eighteenth century. Why, then, did readers so often insist on the facticity of certain fictions: seeking out a heroine’s grave, for example, or tracking down prototypes for characters?
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, March 3, 2017
We tend to think of Enlightenment-era philosophers as architects of abstraction—not least because they tend to describe themselves that way. This essay tries a different approach; part of a longer project called “Crafts of Enlightenment,” it treats Enlightenment rationality as a hard-won discipline, developed through craft knowledge and habits of labor.