The eighteenth-century vogue for pictures of women perusing love letters not only marked the age’s affection for epistolarity, it also emblematized the “papered century,” named for the period’s unprecedented proliferation of monetary notes and credit instruments.
By the early eighteenth century, decades before the discovery of its constituent gases, air was recognized as mundane matter: heterogeneous and changeable, subject to human manipulation, the “subtle” substance of history rather than spirit.
Nostalgia at sea, sometimes called calenture, is a desire to return home so powerful that the victim is overwhelmed by hallucinations of pastoral landscapes into which s/he leaps, with fatal results.
In this talk, Professor Curran will provide a survey of the main “anthropological debates” in French and European thought during the eighteenth century. He will also examine naturalists’ halting attempts at classifying humans, as well as scholars’ inability to figure out just what classification means within the overall history of race.
A reception will follow the seminar.
The first modern orrery, a mechanical device presenting the motion of the solar system, was produced in 1704 by the eminent English clockmakers George Graham and Thomas Tompion.
Economic and Sentimental Reasons: Financial Instruments and Personal Attachments in Fielding’s Jonathan Wild
Visual Ethnography: The Travelogue Illustration as a Site of Encounter
Catherine A. Molineux, Vanderbilt University
England’s Mixed Genius
“Mistaking Earth for Heaven”: Eliza Linley’s Voice
Joseph R. Roach, Yale University
Becoming a Man in the Age of Revolutions
Dena Goodman, University of Michigan
The Political Animal: Swift, the Beast Fable, and Satirical Personhood
Heather Keenleyside, University of Chicago
“How very wonderful the operations of time”: The Unsustainable Countryside in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park
Robert Markley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Methodistical Sisters and The New Man: Fielding Among the Methodists
Misty Anderson, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Female Royalty and Women Painters in the Late Ancien Régime
Bernadette Fort, Northwestern University