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Past Eighteenth-Century Seminars

Past Seminars

Saturday, May 7, 2022
Marble Landscapes, Sugared Gardens: Consuming Whiteness in the Hôtel Interior, 1730-1770, Alicia Caticha, Northwestern University
Saturday, February 12, 2022
This Seminar has been Postponed. Tituba’s Eighteenth Century, SJ Zhang, University of Chicago
Saturday, October 16, 2021
The Anonymous Neapolitan: Faustina Pignatelli and the Bologna Academy of Sciences, Paula Findlen, Stanford University
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Thank you for your interest in this seminar. It is now full. Anti-race, 1550–1760, Roxann Wheeler
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Thank you for your interest. This seminar is now full. “Deafness and Sensibility,” Jason Farr, Marquette University
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Jonathan Swift, Edward Said, and the Demands of Late Style, Helen Deutsch
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Ghostly Light: How Criminal Corpses Animated the Italian Enlightenment, Rebecca Messbarger
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Masters, Apprentices and the Enslaved: Regimes of Labor and Social Formation in Eighteenth-Century France and the French Atlantic, Clare Crowston
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Where are the Animals in the History of Sexuality?
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
A Defense of Leisure Reading
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Are We Global Yet? Africa and the Future of Representation in Eighteenth-Century Studies
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Mary Helen McMurran, University of Western Ontario
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Registration is closed.
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.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Registration is closed.
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 19, 2016
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, March 18
Criticism of the eighteenth-century novel and even work in the burgeoning field of print culture has often neglected the importance of the process of revision, perhaps because the “actual sight of … revisions,” according to D. A.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
How did theatrical performance work to stage larger English encounters with alterity in far-flung colonial sites? Professor Wilson will examine that question from the point of view of colonial residents of Sumatra and Saint Helena, who used English theatrical and social performances to reflect upon their own presence and status as agents of British modernity.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Registration is now closed.
The story of Freemasonry’s introduction into France in the early decades of the eighteenth century is also in part the story of Enlightenment philosophy’s reliance on performance activity. Radical philosophy and freethinking did not subsist only in the circulation of printed texts.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Registration has now closed.
I had finished working on one of the strangest texts I have ever encountered, Low- Life. Or, One Half of the World Know Not How the Other Half Live, with all the doubts it raises about representation, writing, and history as both of those things, when I found Michel Foucault on the topic of writing itself.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Eighteenth-Century Seminar, this symposium convenes scholars from a range of fields, disciplines, and institutions both to interrogate the activity of reading as a leisure or a hermeneutic practice that unfolds in time, and to reflect upon the variegated apprehensions of time—physical, metaphorical, psychologica
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
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.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
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.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
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.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
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.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Eighteenth-Century 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.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Fielding’s early novel Jonathan Wild centers on a character, the notorious thief and thief-taker Jonathan Wild, who invented techniques for preserving the value of personal possessions.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Between the 1730s and 1780s, a French traveler’s tale about the coronation of a West African king circulated throughout France, England, and the Netherlands. Embedded in this description of Hueda rituals surrounding kingship was a story about European rivalry for the favor of a key African player in the Atlantic slave trade.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
This paper argues that early eighteenth-century Englishmen were increasingly assertive about mixture as the source of their country’s perfections, as the cause of its unity, power, and civility. The recognition that English culture reproduced itself through mixture was remarkably broad.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, nee Elizabeth Linley (1754-92) traded her celebrated voice for the eloquence of silence.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
This paper seeks to complicate the picture of nineteenth-century reactionary aristocrats and modern republicans by bringing an eighteenth-century perspective to bear on French revolutionary and post-revolutionary culture and society. Prof. Goodman’s paper traces the life and career of a boy born less than a decade before the start of the French Revolution.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
At the end of the eighteenth century, William Godwin lamented that readers of Gulliver’s Travels missed the work’s political significance because they were distracted by “the mere playfulness of its form.” Professor Keenleyside argues, by contrast, that the form of Swift’s work itself carries complex political meaning.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
In the late eighteenth century, traditional notions of time and history came under pressure from work in three emerging sciences: astronomy, geology, and paleontology.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
The tabloid-ready tale of “Mrs. Mary, otherwise Mr. George Hamilton,” who married several women while passing as a man, appeared in Boddley’s Bath Journal of November 8, 1746, and in a slew of London and regional newspapers shortly thereafter. This talk examines Henry Fielding’s use of Methodism in The Female Husband to explain the origin of Hamilton’s same-sex desire.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Focusing on reviews of the exhibitions of the Royal Academy in the late 1780s and in particular on portraits of female royal figures by E. Vigée Le Brun and A. Labille-Guiard, this works-in-progress paper examines the intersection of gender, aesthetics, and politics in the cultural realm on the eve of the French Revolution.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
This lecture focuses on two texts and a performance: Edward Ravenscroft’s 1681 comedy, The London Cuckolds, Terry Johnson’s 1998 adaptation of that play, and Don Wadsworth’s 2009 production at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.