2008 CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals for papers should be sent directly to the seminar chairs no later than 15 September 2007. Please include your telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address. You should also let the session chair know of any audio-visual needs and special scheduling requests. We actively encourage presentations by younger and untenured scholars. Seminar chairs are reminded that all papers received up to the deadline should be considered. Please do not announce that the panel is closed prior to the 15 September deadline. Chairs have until 30 September to send the names of participants, their e-mail addresses and the titles of their papers to the ASECS Business Office (asecs@wfu.edu) (Fax: 336-727-4697)

The Society’s rules permit members to present only one paper at the meeting. Members may, in addition to presenting a paper, serve as a session chair, a respondent, or a panel discussant, but they may not present a paper in those sessions they also chair. Please be reminded that if you submit a paper proposal to more than one session, you should notify all the chairs to
which you have made a submission. If you fail to notify the session chairs, they will have the right to decide between themselves in which session the paper will be presented or if the paper will be excluded entirely.

All participants must be members in good standing of ASECS or a constituent society of
ISECS. Membership must be current as of November 1 in order to receive pre-registration materials. Those members of constituent societies of ISECS MUST furnish a snail mail address to asecs@wfu.edu to receive pre-registration materials.


“Aphra Behn and Her Circle” (The Aphra Behn Society for Women in the Arts, 1660-1830) Jessica Munns, English Department, Sturm Hall 2000 East Asbury, Denver, CO 80208; Tel: (303) 871 3603; Fax: (303) 871-2853; E-mail: jmunns@du.edu

Papers are invited that explore Aphra Behn in terms of her circle of friends, writers, playhouse personnel, and people to whom she dedicated works. Paper topics could also be exclusively devoted to members of Behn’s “circle” –to the Earl of Rochester, or to Elizabeth Barry, or Thomas Otway etc. papers might also like to explore the entire idea of Behn’s circle or network of friends, colleagues, rivals, lovers, and patrons.
  “Bibliographica Intersections” (The Bibliographical Society of America) Catherine M. Parisian, 45 Stoney Glen Nellysford, VA 22958; Tel: (434) 825-8616; E-mail: crod@loc.gov

At one time bibliography was a required course in most Anglo-American English department curriculums and seen as a handmaiden to literary studies, most useful to textual editors who sought to establish “the authoritative text.” In the latter part of the twentieth century, as literary studies increasingly focused on non-canonical works and explored topics related to class, gender, and race, the prominence of bibliographical studies in English departments declined. Bibliographical studies, however, flourished independently, as they too developed and expanded to include the study of printers, publishers, and bookbinders, and to incorporate the disciplines of art, science, history, and music. This panel will discuss the current position of bibliographical studies within the academy and invites scholars engaged in the study of books and/or manuscripts as physical objects to present papers in which they explore the ways that bibliographical research intersects with and informs current trends in the study of history, science, music, art, and literature of the long eighteenth century.


“ Frances Burney and the Law” (The Burney Society) Alexander H. Pitofsky, Dept. of English, 231 Sanford Hall, Appalachian State U., Boone, NC 28608; Tel: (828) 262-2326; Fax: (828) 262-2133; E-mail: pitofskyah@appstate.edu

Frances Burney’s representations of the law have provoked little scholarly attention. This is a surprising omission, since Burney’s novels, plays, and autobiographical writings insistently emphasize crises involving wills, child custody, marriage contracts, bankruptcy, defamation, negligence, dueling, assault, and other legal issues. For this seminar, I invite papers which consider what Burney’s representations of legal issues reveal about her body of work and about the literature and culture of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain.

 


“Agony Aunts and Confidantes in Burney and her Circle” (The Burney Society) Marilyn Francus, Dept. of English, West Virginia U., 230 Stansbury Hall P.O. Box 6296, Morgantown, WV 26506; Tel: (412) 521-3686; Fax: (304) 293-5380; E-mail: mfrancus@mix.wvu.edu

This panel will examine female support networks that extend beyond the immediate biological family. Papers may focus on literary characters or historical relationships; on those who advise, or those who seek advice; on agony aunts, confidantes, chaperones and mentors (and the success or failure of those roles); on the female communities that develop (or not) from these relationships; on revisions of the family narrative in light of these female networks; on the intersections of age and gender; on conduct manual codes; and so on. Papers featuring Burney and late 18 th-century writers through Austen are welcome.


" Cosmopolitanism” (Cultural Studies Caucus) Laura Rosenthal, U. of Maryland, English Dept., Susquehanna Hall, College Park, MD 20742; Tel: (301) 405-9652; E-mail: lrosent1@umd.edu

Cosmopolitanism has attracted considerable attention in contemporary theory in the last few years. For some critics, it holds the potential to extend multiculturalism on a global scale; for others, it threatens to universalize Western values. Whether advocating or criticizing cosmopolitanism, however, most recent theorists explicitly reject eighteenth-century versions of world citizenship. But did alternatives to the universalizing impulses of Enlightenment philosophy exist in the eighteenth century? How did writers before Kant represent cosmopolitanism? Was cosmopolitanism gendered? How might we reconsider eighteenth-century works in the history of cosmopolitanism? What did it mean in the eighteenth century to be a citizen of the world? All approaches and disciplines welcome.

 

“Defoe: The Cambridge Companion” (Defoe Society) (Roundtable) John Richetti, U. of Pennsylvania, Dept. of English, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 311, 3340 Walnut St. Philadelphia , PA 19104-6273 ; Tel: (215) 898-4377; Email: jrichett@english.upenn.edu

This panel will be a roundtable centered on the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Defoe. As editor, I will chair and moderate discussion among four contributors to the volume. There will be several respondents who will be prepared to query the broader vision of the volume as well as specific approaches. The intent of this panel is to continue our discussion at ASECS 2008 about the future of Defoe studies by engaging with some of the most recent critical analyses produced on both Defoe’s canonical and his lesser known works. This panel will also be of use to those who are interested in the process of pulling together an edited collection in a comprehensive and cohesive fashion.


“Defoe Visualized: Illustrations, Film, Television, and New Media” (Defoe Society) Robert Mayer, Dept. of English, Oklahoma State U., 205 Morrill Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078-4069; Tel: (405) 744-9474; Fax: (405) 744-6326; E-mail: robert.mayer@okstate.edu

There remains much work to do on the ways in which a variety of texts by Defoe – the novels, of course, but other texts as well – have been rendered in, commented upon or otherwise treated in the whole range of visual media. David Blewett once observed that illustrations of the many nineteenth-century Robinsonades have been largely ignored. And while there has been some work on film adaptations of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, there is room for much more discussion of how Defoe’s texts have been adapted, transformed, or otherwise interpreted in not only film but also television and new media (on the net and elsewhere). This panel is an opportunity for papers that treat new areas of this rapidly expanding and increasingly important domain.


“Slavery, Abolitionism and the Caribbean” (Early Caribbean Society) Thomas W. Krise, 2001 Cove Trail, Winter Park, FL 32789; Tel: (407) 628-1514; Fax: (407) 823-3300; E-mail: krisetw@hotmail.com

The panel is open to proposals on any aspect of the issue of slavery, but especially to proposals that connect in come way to the Caribbean region.

 

“Authors and Their Admirers in the Age of Goethe” (The Goethe Society of North America) Kamaal Haque, Dept. of Languages and Literatures, Pacific Lutheran U., Admin 227, Tacoma, WA 98403; E-mail: haquekn@plu.edu

“Klopstock!” exclaims Lotte during a storm in The Sorrows of Young Werther and the title character is moved to tears, overcome by the associations the poet’s name conjures up. Lotte and Werther are, of course, not the only admirers of Klopstock in the late eighteenth-century; one need only to read the letters of the Göttinger Hain for examples. Indeed, the reading public in the Age of Goethe was often passionate about authors and their works to a degree that would likely strike the contemporary reader as surprising and, perhaps, contrived. How does this admiration function, not only with Klopstock, but with Gleim, Goethe and others? What examples of this phenomenon can be found in literary and non-literary texts, or in art and music from the period? How do authors react to this adulation? Do they encourage it, act decisively against it, parody it in their own works?


"European Coffee Houses” (German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) (Deutsche Gesellschaft f ür die Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts) (DGEJ) Susanna Schmid; Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Universität Regensburg, Universitätsstr. 31, D-93053 Regensburg, Germany; Tel: (0941)943-3467; Fax: (0941) 943-4955; E-mail:         Susanne.schmid@sprachlit.uni-regensburg.de

Eighteenth-Century coffee-houses, which sprang up in the urban centers (London, Paris, Vienna, Venice), contributed to the rise of the emerging public sphere, yet the prevailing image of the coffee-house as a site of rational discourse and intellectual exchange is incomplete because it fails to account for other, much more turbulent activities with which it was credited in the popular imagination: gambling, prostitution, sedition, news-mongering, and other kinds of unruly behavior. This panel wants to bring together experts from various disciplines to explore written texts and visual material representing the imagined social and communicative practices of this institution, using source material as diverse as pamphlets, plays, sermons, songs, paintings, prints, etc.


 “ Roundtable on Publishing” (Graduate Student Caucus) (Roundtable) Crystal Lake, Dept. of English, U. of Missouri; 107 Tate Hall, Columbia, MO 65211; Tel: (573) 882-6421; E-mail: cblvf2@mizzou.edu

The Graduate Caucus is pleased to present another roundtable on publishing; this time, the Graduate Caucus hopes that the panel will feature editors from presses and other interested ASECS members experienced in publishing monographs. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Crystal B. Lake at cblvf2@mizzou.edu by September 15 th


“Has the Local Gone Global? Regionalisms and the Wide Eighteenth Century” (Graduate Student Caucus) Caroline Wigginton, Dept. of English, U. of Texas – Austin, 1 University Station, B5000, Austin, TX 78712; Tel: ( 512 ) 471–4991 ; E-mail: cwigginton@mail.utexas.edu

Studies in transatlanticism, globalism, and cosmopolitanism are changing the face of eighteenth-century studies and making the period as “wide” as it is “long.” These studies, which are frequently interdisciplinary in nature, challenge our traditional ways of reading and even what we read. The wide eighteenth-century continues to both rouse controversy and forge new, insightful methodologies for scholarship. This panel invites papers that investigate aspects of the global eighteenth century. How has the “global” eighteenth-century shifted our understanding of eighteenth-century texts and culture? Additionally, we seek papers that complicate such a wide paradigm. What value remains in investigating the regional, local, and/or provisional? What have we gained and what have we lost with the widening of the period? We are especially interested in receiving papers from graduate students and junior faculty that make use of interdisciplinary texts and methodologies in order to come to terms with the changing nature of eighteenth-century studies. Close readings, case studies, and theoretical inquiries are all welcome.


“Johann Gottfried Herder and / in / on Tragedy” (International Herder Society) Arnd Bohm, Carleton U., Dept. of English, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Canada, K1S 5B6; Tel: (613) 526-3440 (home)’ Fax: (613) 520-3544; E-mail: abohm@connect.carleton.ca

Papers are invited on any aspect of Herder’s relationship to the theory and praxis of tragedy, including topics such as his criticism of published or performed tragedies; theological and philosophical considerations on tragedy; tragedy and emergent psychology (theory of passions); tragedy in a philosophy of history (e.g. the role of nemesis). Essays on Herder’s impact on tragedies by other playwrights (e.g. Kleist, Schiller, Lenz, Goethe) as well as on theorists of tragedy (Nietzsche, Benjamin) are also welcome.


"Surprise!"   (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture)Gil Smith, E-mail: Gil.Smith@EKU.edu Abstracts should address this element of surprise and its applications first from the standpoint of visual culture in the long 18th century -- high art, popular imagery,ephemera, interior decor, landscape planning, etc.  But topics which find parallels or relationships with music, literature, and other "diversions" of the period are of particular interest. Session participants will need to be current members of the Historians of Eighteenth Century Art & Architecture.  


“Open Session” (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture) Janet White; E-mail: janet.white@unlv.edu Proposals on topics in the visual arts are invited from members of HECAA (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture), with preference given to those who have completed their PhD in the last five years or who are currently completing the degree. Topics that engage interests across fields and disciplines are especially welcome. Session participants will need to be current members of the Historians of Eighteenth Century Art & Architecture.


“ 1808: The Politics of Representing the Peninsular War” (Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Ana Rueda, Dept. of Hispanic Studies, 1115 Patterson office Tower, U. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, Tel: (859) 257-1565; Fax: (859) 323-9077; E-mail: rueda @email.uky.edu

The Peninsular War (1808-1814), also known as the Spanish War of Independence, marks the crisis of the Ancièn Regime and the uprising of the Spanish people against French occupation.  At the bicentennial anniversary of this war, this panel looks at 1808 as a landmark in the history of revolutions.  As a national war, the resistance to Napoleon plays a key role in crystallizing the constitutional principles of the Spanish nation and her overseas territories.  Within this context, the panel seeks to investigate “war” and its many dimensions (the political legitimacy of war, theories of war, war and gender, the morality of war, the aesthetics of warfare, death and the horrors of war) as they relate to the Spanish War of Independence. A central question to our inquiry is the following: If war is, as Clausewitz has said, “merely the continuation of politics by other means,”  then , is  the representation of war necessarily political? This panel seeks proposals on the representations of war in texts or cultural artifacts on the Spanish War of Independence from a variety of academic disciplines such as philosophy, historiography, strategic studies, literature and visual arts. In addition to these diverse academic perspectives on the representations of war, the panel welcomes essays that analyze Spanish, British, French, or Portuguese works. Further, the panel invites essays on Spanish America that reveal how the war served as detonator for the independence revolutions of the Spanish colonies. Depending on the number of submissions, we will consider creating a two-part panel.


“Print Culture in the Hispanic Eighteenth-Century: A Transatlantic Celebration of Thirty Years of Dieciocho” (Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Karen Stolley, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Emory U., Callaway Center 501N, Atlanta GA 30329; Tel: (404) 727-0857; Fax: (404) 727-4072; E-mail: kstolle@emory.edu

This session is organized to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary (2008) of the founding of Dieciocho, the journal devoted to eighteenth-century studies in the Hispanic World and published by the University of Virginia under the editorship of Prof. David Gies; the roundtable format is designed to encourage dialogue among participants about the various manifestations of print culture in Spain and Spanish America (editions, dictionaries and encyclopedias, diarios, gazetas and newspapers, letters, pamphlets, etc.). We invite presentations on specific authors and texts as well as more general explorations of the idea of the eighteenth-century ‘lettered city’ and the role of print culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment.


“Performing the Ibero-American Enlightenment” (Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Enid Valle, Address: 1200 Academy St. Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI 49006; Tel: (269) 337-7121; Fax: (269) 337-5740; E-mail: valle@kzoo.edu

This panel seeks to address issues of performance across the arts in the Ibero-American world of the 18C. As the exchange of information, and ideas, augmented among metropolis and distant geographical areas, and between diverse regions within national boundaries; and, as governmental rules imposed by the crown were evolving, the notion of "performance" was also shifting. A broad definition of "performance" as "an activity in which one or more persons act in a specific way for the benefit of those present" is the guiding principle of the panel. Presentations may focus (but not limited to) on one or several of the following topics: performers and audiences (race, gender, class); production (patronage, finances, advertising, wardrobes, special effects); reception (press, reviews, tertulias, sermons); scheduling (spaces, time restrictions, religious calendar); competitions (multi-genres, sponsors, regional, nationwide, prizes); theatrical genres (plays, dances, opera): music (concerts, recitals, compositions, composers, instruments); popular representations of unusual events; religious performances (processions, trials, miracles); entertainment (traveling musicians & performers, "magical" presentations); representations of "performances." Proposals for papers, and/or performances, from across disciplines such as literary studies, theater arts, art history, religion, dance, history, and others, are welcome.


"Transatlantic Ireland” (Irish Studies Caucus) Juliet Shields, Dept. of English
Binghamton U. (SUNY), Tel: (60) 777-2415; E-mail: jshields@binghamton.edu

While critics and historians have explored extensively the literary,
political, and cultural connections between eighteenth-century Ireland and
Continental Europe, the connections between Ireland and North America
remain relatively unexamined.  Yet, during the long eighteenth century,
Ireland and the American colonies occupied similar, although far from
identical, positions in relation to the English imperial center.
Accordingly, both Irish and American writers were concerned with defining
the distinctions between colony and nation, and with exploring the
ramifications of political union.  This panel invites papers discussing
literary and cultural connections between Ireland and North America: the
Irish in America, Americans in Ireland, Irish-American intertextuality,
and comparisons of the Anglo-Irish Union and the union of the American
colonies, among other topics.


“Ireland in the Eighteenth-Century Pacific” (Irish Studies Caucus) Dale Katherine Ireland, Dept. of English, California State U., East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, California 94542-3037; E-mail: dale_ks_ireland@cal.berkeley.edu

The Irish eighteenth century included the Pacific in important ways; Ireland shaped and was shaped by the Pacific.  This panel seeks papers that explore how art, ballads, philosophy, religion, science, and literature including but not limited to fiction, travel narratives, life writing, plays, poems, and cartography shaped and were shaped by the relationship between Ireland and the Pacific.  Topics other than those mentioned that are related to the relationship between Ireland and the Pacific are most welcome.


“Samuel Johnson” (The Johnson Society of the Central Region) George Justice, Dept. of English, U. of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO; E-mail: JusticeG@missouri.edu


“Political Radicalism in Eighteenth-Century German Literature” (International Lenz Society ) Martin Kagel, 202 Joseph Brown Hall, Dept. of Germanic and Slavic Languages, U. of Georgia; Tel: (706) 542-2446; Fax: (706) 583-0349; E-mail: mkagel@uga.edu

1 - 2 page proposals are invited on literary fiction or theoretical texts concerned with political radicalism in eighteenth-century Germany. Submissions using comparative approaches or those that link eighteenth-century political writings to aesthetic questions or address questions of theory and methodology with regard to the relationship between literature and politics in the eighteenth century are especially welcome.


“Politics, Power and Eros” (Lesbian & Gay Caucus) Aurora Wolfgang, Dept. of World Languages and Literatures, 5500 University Parkway, California State U., San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA 92407; Tel: (909) 537-5838; E-mail: aurora@csusb.edu AND Steven Minuk, U.of Oxford; E-mail: steven.minuk@harris-manchester.oxford.ac.uk Eighteenth-century writing often depicted political alliances, domination and misconduct in sexual terms. This session will consider whether sexualized political language had any basis in actual practice by investigating the nature of the bonds that form amidst the competition for favour in royal courts and the homosocial hotbed of political circles. Relationships between monarch and favourite, courtiers, political allies, patron and client, and mentor and novice often emitted a homoerotic charge. Papers might address such issues as the problem of filling in the gaps left by burned diaries and letters, the meanings of personal and political fidelity, and the eroticism of competition and confederation.


  “Critical Conundrums in Queer Eighteenth-Century Studies” (Roundtable) (Lesbian & Gay Caucus) George Haggerty, U. of California, Riverside; E-mail: GEHaggerty@aol.com and Susan Lanser, Brandeis U.; E-mail: lanser@brandeis.edu Roundtable speakers will have five minutes each in which to articulate a critical impasse that they are facing in their current (queer) scholarship.  These brief presentations will be the basis for a workshop in which all participants will be able to present their knottiest problems, ask their simplest queries, and in general benefit from one another's critical and historical expertise.


"How the Margins Inform the Center: Looking at the ‘So-Called’ Fringe” (Mid-Western American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Kit Kincade, Dept. of English, Indiana State U., Terre Haute, IN 47809; Tel: (812) 237-3173; E-mail kkincade1@isugw.indstate.edu


“Indigenous Aliens and the Literary Marketplace” (Mid-Western American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Catherine Craft-Fairchild, Dept. of English, U. of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55105; Tel: (651) 962-5614; Fax: (651) 962-5623; E-mail:  c9craftfairc@stthomas.edu

Brief description (standard format):  As London became increasingly more cosmopolitan, those from other cultures began to claim a place within British society.  West Indians, East Indians, American Indians, Africans, Jews, and other indigenous “aliens” begin to appear as literary characters within the periodical essay, on the stage, in the pages of novels.  Many of these portrayals are superficial and trade in, or in some cases create, stereotypes of these populations.  The hope for this panel is to garner essays on material that probes more deeply into the lives and experiences of these groups—for example, writers like Ignatius Sancho and Olaudah Equiano work diligently to debunk stereotypes about African slaves and attempt to redefine English citizenship so that it can include freedmen like themselves.  How do other authors and texts reposition the alien?


“Aspects of Mozart” (Mozart Society) Edmund J. Goehring: E-mail: egoehrin@uwo.ca; Backup contact: Isabelle Emerson; E-mail: isabelle.emerson@unlv.eduPapers on current aspects of Mozart Studies.  


"Paralleling Cultures: Enlightenment Themes and Twenty-First Century Perspectives" (New Lights Forum) Robert Mode, Dept. of History of Art Vanderbilt U., VU Station B #351801, Nashville, TN 37235-1801; Tel: (615) 322-2831; Fax: (615) 343-3786; E-mail: robert.mode@vanderbilt.edu "New Lights Forum: Enlightenment Perspectives on Contemporary Culture" is an ASECS affiliate that promotes the research and pedagogical development of themes in eighteenth-century studies that cross disciplinary lines, and/or shed new light on how we conceptualize the Enlightenment. This seminar will be open to a broad range of issues and themes that will further the discourse around 18th c.-21st c. parallels in everything from literature and the arts to social concerns within historical contexts (the selection made from ASECS members in any discipline).  


“Comparing Counter Cultures: The Man of Feeling Revisited” (New Lights Forum) Inger S. B. Brodey, Dept of English and Comparative Literature, CB# 3250, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514; Tel: (919) 942-5599; Fax: (919) 962-5166; E-mail: brodey@email.unc.edu This panel is designed to invite comparisons between counter-culture movements of the eighteenth century and the 20th or 21st centuries. What parallels might we find between the man of feeling and more contemporary counter-culture icons, such as the hippie and the beatnick? We invite literary comparisons, comparisons of approaches to rhetoric, and object-based studies. International approaches are welcome. What unites or distinguishes these movements? What constitutes a “counter-culture”? How do counter-culture movements affect the shape of literature, particularly prose fiction?


"The Eighteenth Century on Film" A Special Session Sponsored by Northeast ASECS" John H. O'Neill, Dept. of English, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York 13323; Tel:  315/859-4463; Fax:  315/859-4390; E-Mail:  joneill@hamilton.edu

The session will welcome papers on films depicting the eighteenth century.  I expect to have the seminar present three or four papers.


"Rousseau's Lettre à d'Alembert sur les spectacles" (Rousseau Association) Byron R. Wells, PO Box 7867, Wake Forest U., Winston-Salem, NC 27109, Tel: (336) 727-4694; Fax: (336) 727-4697; E-mail: wells@wfu.edu


“Obscurity:  Inaccessible, Cloistered, Elusive, Hidden, Minimally Detectable, or Otherwise Withdrawn or Remote Persons, Things, Events, or Phenomena, with Special Concern for ‘Keeping out of the Way’ as a Genre, Idiom, Attitude, or Lifestyle” (South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Kevin L. Cope, Louisiana State U., Baton Rouge, LA   70803; Tel: ( 225)578-2864; Fax: (225) 751-3161; E-mail: encope@lsu.edu or plushtoy@bellsouth.net


“Material Culture and the Object in Eighteenth-Century Scotland” (Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society) Maureen Harkin, English Dept., Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland OR, 97202; Tel: (503)  517 7939; Fax: (503) 777-7769; E-mail:   mharkin@reed.edu Papers are invited on the multiple uses and meanings of the object in eighteenth-century Scottish writing and culture. Questions and topics to be addressed include any of the following: How are material objects/ commodities represented in Smith, Hume and others? What are the meanings of the act of collecting/collections (for example, in Kames)? What role do objects play in the formation of national, ethnic or other collective identities? How are objects used to enable human subjects to form and transform themselves?  What are the aesthetic frameworks invoked to criticize or commend particular objects? Papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives sought.


“Textual Overload and Reading in the Eighteenth Century” (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing --- SHARP) Katherine Ellison, Campus Box 4240, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790; Tel: (770) 714-9326; Fax: (309) 438-5414; E-mail: keellis@ilstu.edu

Books, news, pamphlets, and other printed documents, whether they exceeded in quantity what readers had ever experienced before or not, were nonetheless perceived as threatening, stifling, and even fatal during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In visual media and literature as well as scientific, political, and economic writings of the period, information floods, drowns, asphyxiates, mutes, and breaks down. Just as today, too much information could be at once enlightening and suffocating. This panel seeks to explore, through interdisciplinary conversation, the affects of perceived textual overload and multiplicity on reading. How did readers change their habits in order to read more or to read less more closely? How did writers and publishers change the visual spaces of their pages to accommodate the busy reader? Did various genres, like allegory, the conduct manual, or the encyclopedia, just to name a few, exhibit characteristics that helped readers cope with multiplicity? Also encouraged during the panel is discussion of the role of quantity and overload in today’s college classroom: how much is too much to ask our students to read? Why is it that, despite our unprecedented access to texts of the period, our students seem to be reading less written before 1800? Is information really the dumbed down, superficial antagonist that keeps our students from reading quality texts, as it has been so often portrayed?

One need not be a member of SHARP to submit a proposal, but one must be a member of both ASECS (by December 1) and SHARP (by the date of the conference) in order to present on the panel. Please submit, preferably by email (please attach AND paste your abstract in the body of your message to ensure readability), one-page abstracts by September 1 st to Katherine Ellison at keellis@ilstu.edu or to Campus Box 4240, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790. For questions about the SHARP reception, membership, or to receive SHARP News, please direct inquiries to Eleanor F. Shevlin, Affiliate Liaison, at eshevlin@wcupa.edu.

Topics could include but need not be limited to:

overload as a condition of globalism

exploration, colonialism, and overload

the physical properties of books/paratextual responses to excessive information

uniquely feminine or masculine responses to overload

information as warfare or military strategy

the economics of information

information and the body

moments of communication breakdown

new or changing definitions of genre in terms of multiplicity

the role of information in the novel

overload and the gothic

information and disease

overload as a condition of sensibility

visual representations of overload or breakdown

quantity and the book trade

publishing and editing information

libraries and textual quantity

information and pedagogy


“Eighteenth-Century America and Human Rights” (Society of Early Americanists) Lisa Logan, English, U.of Central Florida, P.O. Box 1346, Orlando, FL 32816; Tel: (407) 823-2269; Fax: (407) 823-3603; E-mail: lmlogan@mail.ucf.edu

Organizers invite proposals that go beyond or complicate current scholarship of human rights' origination in eighteenth century.  Papers will consider how texts, theories, and images related to America and human rights converse with each other across the centuries.  How do eighteenth-century American ideas about human rights complicate twenty-first century perspectives and vice versa?  Non-traditional genres and documents, such as trial transcripts, public records, etc. are also welcome.


“ Eighteenth-Century America and the West” (Society of Early Americanists) Lisa Logan, English, U.of Central Florida, P.O. Box 1346, Orlando, FL 32816; Tel: (407) 823-2269; Fax: (407) 823-3603; E-mail: lmlogan@mail.ucf.edu

Organizers invite proposals on the broad topic of the American west as it occurs in eighteenth-century art, literature, history, law, public and private discourses, imagination, and print and non-print cultures.


The Tableau in Literature, Art, Theatre, and Science of the French Enlightenment” (Society for Eighteenth-Century French Studies) Diane Fourny, French & Italian, U. of Kansas, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS. Tel: (785) 864-9070; Fax: (785) 864-3023; Email: dfourny@ku.edu.

This session proposes to examine the idea, object or phenomenon of the tableau in eighteenth-century French literature (theoretical, scientific, narrative, poetry), art (painting, tableau mécanique, aesthetic theory) or theatre (drame, comédie larmoyante, sacred or liturgical plays or processions). A cursory glance at dictionary entries for the term between 1600 to 1850 reveals shifts in meaning and new uses of tableau. Having merely designated in earlier entries the generic word for “painting” or a document that makes up a “table/list” of names or terms, eighteenth-century usages of tableau suggest the development of a genre of painting or painterly perspective, of a certain way in which one organizes and describes natural phenomena, or innovation in representing a dramatic subject, acting, and gesture. From Quesnay’s Tableau économique (1758) to L.-S. Mercier’s Le Tableau de Paris (1782-89), passing through the domestic scenes of a Greuze painting or Diderot’s project of reform for the theatre outlined in the Entretiens sur le fils naturel (1757), the variegated uses of tableau reflect a shift in epistemological practices of Enlightenment France.


“Defining and Representing the ‘Abbé’" (Society for Eighteenth-Century French Studies) Marie-Paule Laden, 574 Vistamont Avenue Berkeley, CA 94708; Tel: (510) 525-5775; E-mail: mpladen@sfsu.edu The "abbé" is a ubiquitous figure in the eighteenth century: a staple of libertine literature, he is also represented in philosophical writings as well as in multiple novels and paintings. I invite papers for this panel that will explore the contradictory roles that the "abbé" may play, and the many ways in which he is depicted in eighteenth-century literature and art.  


“Science Friction in Post-Revolutionary France” (Germaine de Staël Society for Revolutionary and Romantic Studies) Nanette Le Coat, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, Trinity U., 1 Trinity Place San Antonio, TX 78212; Tel: (210) 999-7550; Fax: (210) 999-8370; E-mail: nlecoat@trinity.edu

This session proposes to address the topic of science and its critics in post-Thermidorian France. It invites papers on the rise of a pragmatic, citizen-based science (including the nascent social sciences: economics, sociology, anthropology), but also on the expression of fears, misgivings, distrust about science on the part of Catholic counter-revolutionaries and others.


  “Recent Research on Voltaire” (Voltaire Society of America) Jack Iverson, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362; Tel: (509) 526-4750 (before 6/1/07: (509) 522-4441); Fax: (509) 527-5039; E-mail: iversojr@whitman.edu

This session welcomes all proposals dealing with Voltaire studies, broadly conceived, in French or English.


“The English Bible as Literature in the Long Eighteenth Century” (Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Session) Treadwell Ruml, 713 Pepper Ave., Richmond, VA  23226; E-mail: redlands.rumls@verizon.net

Seventeenth and eighteenth-century translations of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures into English, as well as literary appropriations of biblical language, narrative, themes, or topics.


“Thriving at Mid Career: Success Stories from Mid-Career Women” (Women’s Caucus) Kathryn Temple, English Dept., Georgetown U., Washington DC, 20057; Tel: (202) 687-6765; Fax: (202) 687-5445; E-mail: templek@georgetown.edu

The Women’s Caucus seeks short papers, discussion, narratives, and accounts in any interesting form of women who in their own judgment are thriving at mid-career in eighteenth-century studies. Mid-career often poses special challenges for women. We may find ourselves caught between the demands of children and our own parents or may be facing health problems for the first time. Meanwhile, we face the same challenges that all mid-career academics face: what do we want to do with the rest of our lives now that we have tenure? How have we managed not only to survive, but to thrive at mid-career? In what ways might this be one of the most exciting times in our career trajectory? What challenges do we face during this period? How do we think about our goals for the future? How can we best contribute to our institutions and to the profession?


“ The Future of Feminist Theory in Eighteenth-Century Studies” (Women’s Caucus) (Roundtable) Sharon Harrow, 1871 Old Main Dr., English Dept., Shippensburg U., Shippensburg, PA 17257; Tel: (717) 477.1183; Fax: (717) 477.4025; E-mail:  srharr@ship.edu

This Women’s Caucus Roundtable welcomes papers that debate the meaning and status of feminisms within eighteenth-century studies.  How do current debates about feminist theory color work on eighteenth-century writers?  For instance, how have questions about the social construction of gender or queer theory shaped the way we view 18 th-century writers?  What is the future of feminist theory in our field?  Which wave are we in?  Are we pre?  post?  dead?  resurrected?  What is the relationship between theory and pedagogy?  How do such questions change depending on discipline, geography, or university?  All approaches to this question are welcome, including engagements with current feminist theory, reflections on critical trends and possibilities in eighteenth-century studies, observations on the way feminist theory might continue to shape the canon, and analyses of feminist issues raised by a particular text.


Beyond Clarissa: Sir Charles Grandison in Conversation” (Samuel Richardson Society) Emily C. Friedman, Dept. of English, U. of Missouri-Columbia, 107 Tate Hall, Columbia, MO 65211; Tel: (573) 882.0681; Fax: (573) 882.5785; E-mail: ecfriedman@mizzou.edu

The history of critical response to Richardson's final novel, the History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753-54), is fraught with contradictions.  Unlike its widely read sister-novels, Grandison has often been dismissed.  Compared to the rich interiority of Pamela or Clarissa, the titular hero of Richardson's third novel is often read  as wooden or even as a non-presence in "his" narrative.

Indeed, access to a scholarly (let alone teachable) edition of the text often requires a lengthy adventure in and of itself: Jocelyn Harris's edition for Oxford’s World’s Classics series is now only available from the University of Otago, and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) only has the 2nd and 3rd editions.

But despite these challenges, Grandison endures.  Devotees of Jane Austen find traces of Austen's later style in the work.  Four essays on teaching Grandison appear in the 2006 MLA Approaches to teaching the Novels of Samuel Richardson, and the 2007 ASECS saw two well-received papers dealing substantially with the novel.

Building upon this foundation, this panel seeks a wide variety of papers on the influence of Grandison.  Papers that engage later response to the novel, that trace lines of influence towards or out of the novel, reports from the classroom, or any other paper that deals with Grandison in a significant way would be welcomed.


Richardson in the Twenty-first Century (Roundtable) (Samuel Richardson Society) Emily C. Friedman, Dept. of English, U. of Missouri-Columbia, 107 Tate Hall, Columbia, MO 65211; Tel: (573) 882.0681; Fax: (573) 882.5785; E-mail: ecfriedman@mizzou.edu

"I have observed that, amongst people who read Richardson together or separately, the conversation was all the more interesting and lively." (Diderot)

Love him or hate him (and his work), Samuel Richardson has remained on the critical landscape as one of the major novelists of our period - part of the "big three" initially traced by Watt and expanded but not displaced by McKeon and subsequent scholars of the rise of the novel.  Within the classroom, his work remains required reading for students of the eighteenth-century novel.   Richardson is, in effect, often taken as a given - an author who must be gestured to, cited, and acknowledged.

But is this damning with faint praise?  As the old narratives of the  rise of the novel are now joined by new patterns and histories, Richardson's work must be placed into new contexts. It is no longer enough to point to Richardson outside of the context of the rich novel productions of mid-century.

This roundtable hopes to gather together a variety scholars representing different approaches, generations, and institutions, for a lively discussion of what it means to study and teach Richardson today.  We are hoping to field a panel of about 5-6 participants to deliver brief remarks followed by an extensive discussion.


 “German Music and Literature” Anthony Krupp, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures, U. of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124; Tel: (305) 284-5585; Fax: (305) 284-2068; E-mail: krupp@miami.edu Depending on submissions, the purpose of this panel can be twofold: (1) to present new research in word-and-music studies, and/or (2) to discuss experiences teaching German music (especially vocal music) in departments of languages and literatures.  


“Humanism and the Modernity Paradigm” Richard J. Squibbs, California Institute of Technology, Dabney Hall, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125; E-mail: richard.squibbs@gmail.com

Eighteenth-century studies has long been dominated by the “modernity paradigm,” the set of assumptions under which the period is defined by the more or less inexorably transformative force of secularism, scientific empiricism, liberal individualism and subjective interiority, economic rationalism, etc. In their differing ways, historians like Pocock, Wahrman, Clark, and others have significantly challenged these assumptions, as have scholars working under the aegis of the history of reading, in which early modern print culture is shown to derive its conceptual coordinates largely from humanist reading practices and notions of citizenship. Yet these alternative ways of understanding the period have had curiously little impact on much of the work currently being produced by critics of eighteenth-century literature. This panel invites proposals for papers addressing how deeper, more sustained considerations of the persistence of humanist habits of mind in eighteenth-century Britain can help raise new questions about the sufficiency of the “modernity paradigm” as a rubric through which to read the literature of the period. Broad considerations of the institution of eighteenth-century studies in relation to this issue are especially welcome; but more particular studies of, for example, popular translations of humanist works like those of Cicero and Plutarch and Erasmus, or of the humanist character of history writing in the period, are welcome as well. These are just basic suggestions, however – all proposals will be given full, careful consideration.

Please email proposals of no more than 500 words (attached as Word files)


“Ballads and Songs in the Eighteenth Century” Ruth Perry, 14N-415, MIT, Cambrdige, MA 02139; E-mail: rperry@mit.edu

Any aspect of oral song culture or of the literary interest and collecting of ballads in the long eighteenth century with analysis and speculation as to it effects and meaning. Preference for musical illustration but not at all necessary.


“Women Writing War and Peace” Emily Smith, 802 E. Winnebago St. Appleton, WI; 54911; Tel: (920) 832-1180; E-mail: emily.smith@lawrence.edu

From Aphra Behn to Jane Austen, eighteenth-century women used their writings to participate in larger cultural discourses of war and peace. The revelers in The Rover and the soldiers in Pride and Prejudice—like characters and events in other texts by female authors—are fashioned in ways that allow the authors to engage in rhetoric and realities traditionally off limit to women. This panel invites scholars to look at writings by women that obliquely or directly engage in conflicts from the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution to the French Revolution and conflicts relating to English colonial interests of the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-centuries. Papers that establish new theoretical models for reading how women wrote about politics, as well as papers that approach forgotten texts by female authors, are most welcome.


"Using Secondary Sources in the Eighteenth-Century Studies Classroom: Texts and Techniques." (Roundtable) Lisa Berglund, English Dept., Buffalo State College, Tel: 716-878-4049; E-mail: berglul@buffalostate.edu The format would involve 5-7 minute presentations (length depending on the number of participants), occupying no more than ½ the allotted time, to be followed by discussion among the panelists and with the audience. In soliciting contributions, I would ask panelists to reflect on one or more of the following questions:   What types of secondary texts (e.g., literary criticism, editorial essays or introductions from course anthologies, "companion" volumes, biographies), do you require or recommend? What role do these texts play in your courses? Do you incorporate analysis and discussion of these texts into the classroom experience, require discussion in written assignments, or have students use texts independently? Have you had any illuminating success (or failure) with particular secondary sources? Are there any secondary texts that you consider indispensable, and if so why? To what degree has the availability of certain materials via JSTOR, Project Muse, etc., influenced the secondary sources you assign?  


"Writing without Authors: Anonymous MSS and Publications" John Dussinger, 1122 West Charles Street, Champaign, IL 61821; Tel: (217) 359-6240; E-mail: dussinge@uiuc.edu The focus is on the abundant writing in our period that was either never intended to be published or never meant to be identified with an author's name. Even fiction like Samuel Richardson's may be included since it appears at first as merely a record of anonymous letters without an author.  Another instance would be all the neo-Spenserian writers who wrote to each other and sometimes were published anonymously  in collections like Dodsley's. Numerous pamphlets were published anonymously for one or more reasons, and interpretations of those reasons would be appropriate to this seminar proposed. Newspapers and periodicals contained abundant letters, essays, poems, etc. without the names of their authors. Some recent research has helped to identify the authorship of some of this material. Yet another aim of this seminar would be to review the recent research on attributions.  


“New Light on Night Thoughts” Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz, 161 West 75th St. #8C, New York, NY, 10023; Tel: (917) 658-1616; E-mail: Mjs205@nyu.edu A standard format conversation about Edward Young's poem. I am proposing this panel because Young has virtually disappeared from conversations about mid-eighteenth-century poetry, notwithstanding his popularity and importance at the time. The panel could be interdisciplinary, should an art or book historian like to discuss Blake's illustrations of the text. I would also open the conversation to comparisons to other graveyard poets.


“The Artist as Collector in the Eighteenth Century” Leslie Scattone, The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, and Kaylin Weber, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; P.O. Box 6826, Houston, Texas 77265-6826; Tel: (713) 639-7353 - Weber or (713)639-7744 – Scattone; Fax: (713) 639 -7399 – Weber or (713) 639-7742 – Scattone; E-mail: lscattone@mfah.org or weber@mfah.org

This session will advance the study of the history of collecting by probing issues

associated with the under-explored role of artists as collectors, specifically the unique relationship between their artistic identities and their own art collections. Artists frequently amassed notable and multi-faceted collections, which have been historically overshadowed by more aristocratic collections as well as artists’ own professional pursuits. Their collections functioned on both public and private levels as sources of artistic inspiration, symbols of status and taste, and pedagogic resources. Their collections asserted their aspirations, talents and predilections, and reflected the vicissitudes of the market. While the history of collecting is a well-researched (though still developing) field, the history of artist-collectors, with a few notable exceptions (e.g., Rubens), remains largely overlooked. This panel will address issues regarding complex and often contradictory roles played by artist-collectors in the eighteenth century. Topics may include: various functions of artists’ collections; artists’ collections in relation to others; composition and conscious fashioning of artists’ collections; use of the collection as a tool for self-promotion; artists’ tastes and how they informed their collecting; rivalry among artist-collectors; use of artists’ provenance in building a history of quality and taste; the public’s perception and interpretation of the collection; effects of art market supply and demand; artists’ attributions of works in their collections; and the role of artists’ collections in the development of museums. Art, politics, economics, and social issues are among the subjects bought together in this session, making it ideal for this interdisciplinary conference. This standard-format panel will represent artists of multiple nationalities and embrace a variety of methodologies and types of collections.


“Taking Up Tragedy in the Eighteenth Century : Reflections on a Genre” Helene Bilis-Gruson; 1040 Jackson Street Albany CA, 94706; Tel: (510) 524-9744; E-mail: hbilis@berkeley.edu

Voltaire, the eighteenth century’s most prolific tragedian writes of “la dégration de la tragédie en notre siècle.” Between Marivaux’s and Beaumarchais’s lasting contributions to theater, the rise of Opera, and the innovations of the drame bourgeois, neo-classical tragedy is often dismissed as nothing more than a pale imitation of seventeenth-century greatness. Yet, upon closer analysis, the century’s preeminent authors engaged passionately in debate over tragedy and its poetics, as they positioned themselves in support or against the tragic stage’s legacy as the “noble genre.” This panel seeks to explore how dramatic authors and audiences understood and approached the tragic stage in the eighteenth-century. Papers might consider the status of tragedy in the Enlightenment in view of its tradition as the institutionalized genre of the monarchy, or investigate how changing audiences influenced changing subject matter, Questions to pursue, but to which we are not limited, might be the following: How did definitions of tragedy and related notions of vraisemblance and biénseance shift from the seventeenth century to the eighteenth? What were the material conditions of the tragic stage and its authors, and how did they influence the production of tragedy? What were the debates over theater and the tragic stage, how were they framed and why are they important for our understanding of the dramatic production and culture of the period? Please submit 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers.  

“The New Eighteenth Century in the Wake of Cultural Studies” Matthew Wickman and Evan Gottlieb; Wickman- English Department, Brigham Young U., 4198 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602-6701; Gottlieb- Department of English, Oregon State U., 238 Moreland Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331; Tel: Wichman-(801) 422-1664 / Gottlieb-(541) 737-1650; E-mail: Matthew_Wickman@byu.edu; Evan.Gottlieb@oregonstate.edu

It's now twenty years since Felicity Nussbaum and Laura Brown called “attention to the resistance to contemporary theory that has largely characterized the study of eighteenth-century English literature.” Theory entered eighteenth-century studies with a vengeance shortly after--and partly as a response to--this polemic, and our field proved amenable to new approaches to issues of race, class, gender, aesthetics, form, history, globalization, and numerous other topics of wide interest.

However, while these topics continue to hold the academy's attention, their life bread of cultural studies has grown increasingly stale. Tom Cohen, Tilottama Rajan, Walter Benn Michaels, and numerous other critics have taken to openly questioning the viability of the identity politics and new humanism which fueled cultural studies in the 1980s and, by association, much of the self-consciously “theoretical” work in our field which followed Nussbaum's and Brown's manifesto. Such criticism applies far more widely, of course, than merely to scholarship of the eighteenth century, but the cultural-materialist, subversion-and-containment methodologies so familiar to our field have become virtually clichéd—or, in terms applied by Adorno and Benjamin to commodity culture, fossilized.

We may now be sufficiently removed from the 1990s to pose these questions: Has the cultural studies turn of the “new” eighteenth century actually promoted a new “resistance to theory”? Does this resistance take the form not only of a recalcitrant, “old” historicism, but also of theory itself in, say, the residual form of 1990s-style cultural studies? What current methodologies seem capable of revitalizing eighteenth-century studies—or, conversely, what facet of the eighteenth century might potentially reanimate critical thought across other fields? Please send 300-500-word abstracts to both panel chairs.


Transnational Identities in Asia and Europe” Robert Markley, Dept. of English, 608 S. Wright St., U. of Illinois, Urban, IL 61801; Tel: (217) 355-8313; Fax: (217) 333-4321; E-mail: rmarkley@uiuc.edu

This panel will explore cross-cultural contacts and interactions between Europe and Asia. It seeks to continue the discussions begun at a similar panel last year in Atlanta. Papers on issues of trade, acculturation, and gender are particularly welcome. This session will serve as the basis of a special issue of JEMCS in 2009 or 2010.


“Die Aufklärung in England: Theories of Subject Formation in the Late Eighteenth- Century English Novel” Stephen Sweat, Dept. of English, U. of Arizona, Modern Languages #67, P.O. Box 210067, Tucson, AZ 85721-0067; Tel: (520) 621-1836; Fax: (520) 621-7397; E-mail: sbsweat@email.arizona.edu

With the reintroduction of the problem of dialectics into western philosophy in the late eighteenth century, notions of subjectivity and the subject’s relation to society began to shift substantially. Many English novelists, ranging from Bage to Burney, Smith to Shelley, Hamilton to Holcroft, and of course, Austen, began to explore and redefine subject formation and relationships of the self to society, especially as concerns gender, race, sexuality, and nationality. This panel seeks to explore the opportunities and spaces for thinking about the formation of selfhood in the English novel (approximately 1780-1832) and the ways in which the boundaries of those spaces expanded and contracted as a result of the paradigmatic shift in western thought.

The panel will assume the traditional format of one chair and three presenters. The goal is to address the widest scope of English novelists and German thought. Papers will be selected accordingly, and abstracts of the selected pieces will be distributed to the panel members prior to the conference in order to facilitate extensive discussion.


“Pregnancy and Childbirth in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and Society” Mary Trouille, Professor of French, Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Illinois State U., Campus Box 4300, Normal, IL 61790-4300; E-mail: mstroui@ilstu.edu

Ideally this interdisciplinary panel would consist of a social historian, a scholar specializing in the history of science, and two specialists in literature. This is another installment in a series of panels on marriage in the eighteenth century.


“Aesthetics and Politics” Philip Gould, Dept. of English, Brown U., Box 1852, Providence RI 02912; Tel: (401) 863-3736; E-mail: Philip_Gould@Brown.edu

The occasion of this proposed session is the recent resurgence of the place of aesthetics in eighteenth-century literary and cultural studies. In a conventional panel format, this session invites papers that explore the relations between literary and political histories, not merely as the means to excavate the ideology of texts. but to rethink critical and historical boundaries numerous disciplines have drawn around “literary” and “political” writings. How, for example, do artistic projects write themselves into/ out of political movements? How might eighteenth-century scholars think of political events as episodes in literary history? Papers attending to aesthetic theories and practices across disciplinary boundaries are especially appropriate.


“ Transatlantic Prose Fictions” Eve Tavor Bannet, Dept of English, U. of Oklahoma, 760 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK 73019; Tel: (405) 325 4661; Fax: (405) 325 0831; E-mail:  etbannet@ou.edu

Numerous eighteenth-century British and American novels addressed transatlantic concerns, whether of  migration, encounters with "Others", travel, conflicts of identity, war, or resettlement, but comparatively few of these novels are as yet studied or taught. This is a call for papers which will extend our knowledge of transatlantic fictions and our sense of the range of novels from which we can make  our teaching/research choices. Papers should either address one or more "worthy" but forgotten novel, or develop unthought transatlantic dimensions of more familiar /canonical fictions.  Priority will be given to proposals which open little studied dimensions of our mutual history, and/or discuss elements which prevented a novel from being included in our nationalist canons and histories or which have led a novel to be "normatively misread."


“ New Light on Gulliver's Travels Jaclyn Geller, Central Connecticut State U., E-mail: gellerjai@mail.ccsu.edu

This panel invites papers that shed new critical or historical light, or revisit and enhance standing scholarly debates, on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Of particular interest are presentations that deal with the subject of editions: illustrations and textual emendations that followed the initial publication. Also welcome are discussions of the complexity of theology, historical interpretation, and gender in Gulliver's Travels, and presentations that address specific gaps in Swift scholarship.
“The “general magazine of literature”: Samuel Johnson’s Intertextual Encounters” Anthony W. Lee, Dept. of English, Kentucky Wesleyan College, 3000 Frederica Street/Kentucky Wesleyan College/Owensboro, KY 42301; Tel: (270) 852-3213; Fax: (270) 926-3196; E-mail: tlee@kwc.edu

Ever since Julia Kristeva’s 1967 essay “Bakhtin, le mot, le dialogue et le roman” ushered the term “intertextuality” into critical discourse, it has proven a potent and fertile concept. Several books and essays have been devoted to its theoretical exposition, and numerous works have utilized it in practical criticism. Intertextuality has demonstrated a remarkable flexibility and range, and remains an enduring and relevant critical instrument. A search of the MLA International Bibliography yields 4164 works using the word “intertextuality,” 641 using the word “intertextual,” and 391 using the word “intertext.” However criticism of the literature of the Long Eighteenth Century seems to have resisted investigations in this area: a search of the MLA Bibliography, using all three keywords attached to the descriptor “eighteenth-century,” yields a total of eleven hits.

This paucity is curious because few literary periods are more amenable to the application of intertextuality than the eighteenth century. This was an age in which the theoretical orientation of neoclassicism, which urged the cultivation of sponsoring models from antiquity, exerted considerable sway. Furthermore, perhaps no other period offers such a collection of creative authors who not only practiced intertextual exchanges, but self-consciously foregrounded them. And much of the literary criticism of the age exercised what in hindsight we would recognize as cultivating an intertextual sensibility.

The ASECS special session that this proposal recommends offers to help redress this neglect. It does so by offering an eclectic yet unified gathering of papers that seeks to enhance our understanding of Samuel Johnson, a key eighteenth-century author whose intertextual practices and habits of mind offer a fruitful and illuminating point of contact between this important modern concept and eighteenth-century literary culture.


“National Embodiment in the Long Eighteenth Century” Michael J. Sosulski, Dept. of German, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo MI, 49006; Tel: (269) 337-5718; Fax: (269) 337-5740; E-mail: sosulski@kzoo.edu

This session seeks papers that explore the training and use of the human body for the purpose of nation building during the long Eighteenth Century. Schools, academies, and military training institutes were among the institutions that participated in the process of training and inscribing the human body with regimes and practices of nationhood. What other similar institutions were implicated in this enterprise? To what degree was this a gendered endeavor? Other explorations of this complex are welcome.


 “Printed Miscellanies” Rebecca Bullard, Merton College, Oxford, OX1 4JD, UK.; Tel: (00 44 1865) 461696; E-mail: rebecca.bullard@ell.ox.ac.uk

The proposed seminar aims to explore the aesthetic and material aspects of eighteenth-century printed miscellanies. Individual papers might focus on particular miscellanies (such as those by Dryden and Tonson, Pope and Swift, or Robert Dodsley, for instance) but all participants will be encouraged to consider some of the following, broader questions:

The critical functions of miscellanies: What are the interpretative implications of including works in miscellanies rather than/as well as publishing them as separate pieces? In what ways does the structure of a miscellany influence potential interpretations of individual works contained in it? How do occasional pieces fare in miscellanies published long after the original circumstances of their production/publication? What is the relationship between overtly literary miscellanies, such as those published by Jacob Tonson, and their more popular forbears and contemporaries, such as Wit and Mirth; or Pills to Purge Melancholy? More broadly, how should we define a miscellany – is it, for instance, a volume containing works by several hands, or a volume containing a particular kind of work? – and does this definition shift over time?

The material contexts of miscellanies: Can miscellanies serve as an index of developing relations between booksellers and authors during the eighteenth century? How do miscellanies figure the notion of authorship and/or anonymity? What are the connections between miscellanies and various forms of sociability, such as tavern or coffee-house culture, literary coteries, and political clubs? Do the physical marks of production left on particular miscellanies lend insight into the aesthetic, social, or political concerns of their authors or publishers?

Miscellanies and cultures of collection: What are the connections between miscellanies and other kinds of published ‘collection’: commonplace books; collections of sermons, state tracts, poems on affairs of state, or short stories; books of recipes and remedies; encyclopedias; collected works of particular authors, etc.? Can we situate miscellanies within the broader context of eighteenth-century collecting culture as seen, for instance, in the development of museums and cabinets of curiosity?

Following an initial call for papers (with a September deadline), papers will be selected in order to give the seminar the widest possible chronological and methodological range. The seminar aims to attract papers that address printed miscellanies from across the long eighteenth century, and it is anticipated that participants will include scholars working in diverse disciplines, including literary studies, the history of the book, and cultural history.


 “ Women and the Natural World:  Observation, Representation, Cultivation, Science” Judith C. Mueller, English Dept., Franklin & Marshall College, PO Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; Tel: (717) 291-4290; Fax: (717) 291-4156; E- mail: jmueller@fandm.edu

This session will focus on women's engagement with any aspect of the natural world during the long eighteenth century.  Papers on literary, artistic, scientific, agricultural or other sorts of interactions with and representations of nature are welcome.


“Re-assessing Chinoiserie” Stacey Sloboda, School of Art and Design, Mailcode 4301, Southern Illinois U., Carbondale, IL 62901; Tel: ( 618) 453-4987; Fax: (618) 453- 7710; E-mail: sloboda@siu.edu

Despite its centrality to a host of visual, literary, theatrical and consumer cultures of the eighteenth century, scholarship on chinoiserie has, until recently, emphasized only the style’s associations with exoticism, frivolity, and aesthetic marginality. This panel seeks to highlight recent and current research on chinoiserie that reassesses the style in relation to the complex imperial, consumer, aesthetic, and cultural histories to which it is tied.

The panel is open to research in visual, literary, theatrical, and historical fields and is intended to draw an interdisciplinary audience.


“Making of Working Class Intellectual in Eighteenth-Century England” Aruna Krishnamurthy, English Dept., Fitchburg State College, 160 Pearl St., Fitchburg, MA 01545; Tel: ( 978) 665-3247; E-mail: akrishnamurthy@fsc.edu

This seminar will explore the formation of the “working-class intellectual” in eighteenth century Britain. While Jurgen Habermas famously credits the eighteenth century with the formation of the bourgeois public sphere, historians such as E. P. Thompson have focused on a parallel tradition of a plebeian public sphere that emerged alongside and in response to the development of middle- class identity. The seminar welcomes submissions that examine the relationship between these two legacies of the eighteenth century through the figure of the working-class intellectual—men and women such as Stephen Duck, Ann Yearsley, and John Thewall, who hailed from underprivileged classes and sought to articulate their aspirations and dissatisfactions within the intellectual sphere of the “long” eighteenth century.

Interdisciplinarity is a central feature of the proposed topic, which bridges the gap between historical, literary, and sociological analyses in the category of the working-class intellectual. Given the postmodern turn in history, and its predilection for discourse analysis, I anticipate papers that not only shed light on underrepresented aspects of eighteenth century culture, but also make significant contributions to critical theory while doing so.

Papers will be selected along the following lines-1. They will strictly deal with the life and writings of working class men and women (rather than middle class representations of the working classes). 2. Without presupposing any one narrow framework of analysis, the seminar will look for the ways in which the working-class intellectual creates his/her identity by negotiating the experience of class realities and the encoding of that reality within the dominant/available idioms of the eighteenth century.


 “Travel Narratives:  East and West in the Holy Land, 1660-1740” Judy A. Hayden, U. of Tampa, 401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33606-1490; Tel: (813) 253-3333, ext. 3535; Fax: (813)  258-7470; E-mail:  jhayden@ut.edu

This panel will take a comparative look at travel to the Levant in general. Of particular interest is the Holy Land.  How differently do people from various regions reflect on the experience?  Given the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim veneration for the land, what role did religious belief play in the making of the geographical narrative?  What social, theological, and/or political views do the narratives express?  How might church or state governments utilize these views and to what purpose?  This topic is open to all disciplines,  and all genres of texts that deal with travel, including, but not limited to, diaries, journals, travel narratives, art, geographical contexts, political narratives, historical documents, theological tracts, fiction, poetry, and drama.


 “The Anthropology of Material Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain” Helen Berry, School of Historical Studies, Newcastle U., Armstrong Building, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK; Tel: (1670) 518979; Fax: (191) 222 6484; E-mail: h.m.berry@ncl.ac.uk

In spite of the continuing interest in the evolution of consumer culture in Georgian Britain, there are still many barriers to deploying material as well as textual evidence in research, particularly in the context of high levels of disciplinary specialization, each with their own distinctive methodologies and taxonomies. This seminar will be an opportunity for participants to discuss the intellectual and methodological challenges presented in using different types of eighteenth-century material culture as sources for research. The intention is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas at the boundaries of different academic disciplines, specifically in relation to the application of anthropological theory and practice to the study of Georgian artefacts, taking into account a broad understanding of the many forms of ‘material culture’ (e.g. architecture, manufactured goods, texts-as-objects, forms of artistic production, etc.)

The seminar will take the form of three pre-circulated papers, including one by the organizer drawing upon her experience of researching the social history of Georgian glassware. Submissions will be solicited from other ASECs members who have used anthropological approaches in their research on any aspect of eighteenth-century material culture. The format of the seminar may become more ‘focused’, e.g. on the application of a particular theory or influence of a specific text or school, depending upon the interests of speakers who come forward as potential panelists, and will be shaped in advance of the conference through constructive dialogue between participants.


"Women Writers: Understanding the Underread" Heidi Bostic, Dept. of Humanities, Michigan Tech U., 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931; Tel: (906) 487-2376; Fax: (906) 487-3559; E-mail: hlbostic@mtu.edu

Many talented women writers remain underread, their place in eighteenth-century thought unrecognized. Working to recover their voices means not only rediscovering texts but reinventing interpretive schemas. What are the methodologies and strategies best adapted to this effort? Especially welcome will be paper proposals that adopt a broad perspective on these questions.

 

“Seduction and Sentiment” Tita Chico, Dept. of English, U. of Maryland, 3101 Susquehanna Hall, College Park, MD 20742; Tel: (301) 405-3811; E-mail: tchico@umd.edu

This panel will investigate eighteenth-century novels’ dependence upon plots of seduction, whether sexual, financial, social, cultural, and political, and the vexed roles that these plots play in discourses of sentimentalism so often designed to produce sympathy and affective relations. The panel invites considerations of how and why novels of seduction and sentiment return again and again to the exciting potential and dangerous pitfalls of urbanization, social mobility, sexuality, gender role-playing, consumerism, labor, the mechanisms of credit and capitalism, bourgeois subjectivity, the global marketplace, print culture, and the politics of representation.


“Satiric Affects” Danielle Bobker, English Dept., Concordia U., 1455 Maisonneuve Blvd., W., Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8; E-mail: danielle.bobker@gmail.com

How are the passions represented in and produced by satire? This panel will aim to shed light on satire’s emotional intricacy and range in the long eighteenth century. Papers might explore, for example, the relationship between intimacy and outrage/obscenity; between (ancient, modern, or postmodern) theories of satire and emotion; or the complexities of satirists’ private lives – their friendships and rivalries, their (often ill-fated) romantic attachments. All approaches are welcome.


“Eighteenth-Century Studies Before and After John Richetti” Toni Bowers, U. of Pennsylvania, Dept. of English, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104; AND Lynn Festa, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Dept of English, Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park St. Madison, WI, 53706; Tel: (608) 251-1078; Fax: (608) 263-3709; E-mail: Toni Bowers: tbowers@english.upenn.edu: Lynn Festa: festa@wisc.edu

This session will honor John Richetti, eminent eighteenth-century scholar and current ASECS vice-president, upon his retirement from teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Proposals are sought for a roundtable-style session focused on Professor Richetti's contributions to the field of eighteenth-century studies and to his students' and colleagues' scholarly lives.


“Fair Defect: Women and Disability in the Eighteenth Century” Ana de Freitas Boe, Dept. of English, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH 44017; Tel: (440) 826-2024; E-mail: aboe@bw.edu

The panel will explore the association of women and deformity in the long eighteenth century. In Paradise Lost, Milton coined the term “fair defect” to refer to the female sex. How did eighteenth-century writers continue or complicate the assumption that women are, by their nature, flawed—even deformed? Scholars from an array of disciplines are invited to present papers on representations of the supposed disability of the fair sex.


“ Patent and Privilege: The Culture of Public Theater in the Eighteenth-Century Anglophone and Francophone Worlds” Jeff Ravel, History Faculty, E51-285, MIT; 77 Massachusetts Ave. , Cambridge MA 02139 ; Tel: (617) 253-4451; Fax: (617) 253-9406; E-mail: ravel@mit.edu

Both the British and the French governments intervened in the public theaters over the course of the long eighteenth century. But these interventions took different forms, with differing outcomes, at various points during the period. Participants in this panel will explore the politics, culture, and economics of the public, state-regulated theater in one or both countries or their colonies. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, state control of performance venues; questions of genre, print, and/or performance; the economics of the stage in the capital cities, the provinces, or the colonies; state regulation of exchanges between performers, writers, audiences, and readers, inside and outside the playhouse; the place of men and women, and the role of gendered assumptions, on the stage.


“Libertinism: New Approaches” Alison Conway, English, 1 73 University College, University of Western Ontario, London ON N6A 3K7 Canada; Tel: (519) 661-2111, x. 85818; Fax: (519) 661-3776; E-mail: amconway@uwo.ca

This session invites submissions from scholars whose work brings to light less well-known material relating to the culture and literature of libertinism, or whose meth odologies provide new ways of approaching canonical figures such as Rochester and Behn.


“Henry Fielding at 301” Alison Conway, English, 173 University College, University of Western Ontario, London ON N6A 3K7 Canada; Tel: (519) 661-2111, x. 85818; Fax: (519) 661-3776; E-mail: amconway@uwo.ca

Following up on the popularity of last year’s tercentenary celebration session, this panel continues our consideration of Henry Fielding’s place in eighteenth-century studies in the twenty-first century.


“Comparative Approaches in Eighteenth-Century Studies” David Porter, Dept of English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; Tel: (734) 647-6750; Fax: (734) 763-3128; E-mail: dporter@umich.edu

How can received knowledge about the eighteenth century be complicated through the use of comparative frameworks?  What can we learn from cross- cultural comparisons that move beyond familiar questions of transmission, influence, or reception?  What are the methodological problems involved in comparing cultural forms across non-contiguous contexts?


“The Immaterial Eighteenth Century” Mary-Helen McMurran , Dept. of English, UC 173, U.of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond St., London ON N6A 3K7, Canada; Tel: (519) 434-3310; E-mail: mmcmurr2@uwo.ca

Inviting papers that revise, complicate, or challenge a long-standing interest in the real and tangible in the eighteenth century, e.g., the body, property, material life, etc. How might we theorize eighteenth-century spirit, historicize ‘being,’ or re-read the invisible and the intangible? Interdisciplinary or comparative proposals especially welcome.


“Marx and the Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment” Nicholas Hudson, Dept. of English, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1; Tel: (604) 822-4084; Fax: (604) 822-6906; E-mail: nhudson@interchange.ubc.ca

Few thinkers have so influenced Western history like Karl Marx. Yet ASECS conferences over the past two decades, at least in my experience, have only sporadically included sessions devoted to Marx’s great themes of social class and class conflict. These themes have tended to be absorbed in recent preoccupations with gender and post-colonialism. This session will invite papers which broach issues of class in eighteenth century Europe. I would hope to select papers which reassess the relevance of Marxian ideas to examining eighteenth-century thought, culture and literature. I would also hope that this session might provoke discussion of questions such as “Was there really a ‘rise of the middle class’ in the eighteenth century?,” “What was the nature and impact of the transformation of the ‘laboring ranks’ into the ‘working class?’, “Can we indeed speak at all of the ‘working class’ as a consolidated material structure?”, “For that matter, is ‘class’ itself a relevant historiographical construct?”.Finally, I would hope that the conference committee would regard this proposal as a “traditional” subject in the best sense – an important and widely-relevant subject which evidently fallen from our intellectual agenda.


"Honor, Reputation and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century" Nicole von Germeten, 605 NW 31 st St., Corvallis, OR 97330; Tel: (650) 861-0273; E-mail: nicole.vongermeten@oregonstate.edu

This panel would explore conceptions of honor, reputation and sexuality in the eighteenth century.  Of interest are papers on how rumor and gossip created a person's honorable/dishonorable identity as well as other similar studies, including work on prostitution and military honor/sexuality in the eighteenth century.  The organizer's work is on Cartagena de Indias, but papers on any geographic region would be welcome.


“Studies on the Abbé Prévost” Rori Bloom, Dept. of Romance Languages & Literatures, U. of Florida, 170 Dauer Hall, PO Box 117405; Gainesville, FL 32611-7405; Tel: (352) 392-2016, x 239; Fax: (352) 392-5697; E-mail: rbloom@rll.ufl.edu

This session invites proposals for presentations on any topic concerning the life or writings of the Abbé Prévost. Please send 150-250 word abstracts.


“ Eighteenth-century Texts and the Twenty-first Century Student: A Roundtable Discussion of Teaching Practices that Work” (Roundtable) Amanda Dillard Kenny, UW-Madison, English Dept., 600 North Park St., Madison, WI 53706; Tel: (608) 334-2785; Fax: (608) 263-3709; E-mail: adkenny@wisc.edu

In this session, organized as a roundtable discussion, participants will be invited to share their teaching successes, leading to a general discussion of effective pedagogy. While we all come to ASECS excited to present our research and to hear about that of our colleagues, we also expend enormous energy on our “day jobs” as teachers of undergraduates. It seems useful, therefore, to share our best teaching practices and philosophies as well as our best research. This seminar will allow presenters to showcase their work as teachers, invite audience members to share their own successes, and, I hope, inspire us all with new ideas with which to engage our own students. Presenters may discuss approaches to teaching specific texts or explain strategies for engaging students more generally in the study of the Eighteenth century. As chair of this session I will select papers that express enthusiasm for teaching and respect for students. Additionally, I will include a variety of approaches from teachers of different levels of experience and from the different disciplines represented at ASECS.


“Female Playwrights of the Long Eighteenth Century: Their Struggles and Successes” Tanya Caldwell, 1304 Heritage Mist Ct, Mableton, GA 30126; Tel: (770) 739-2417; Fax: (404) 651-1715; E-mail: tmcaldwell@gsu.edu

Ideally this panel will address the ongoing struggles for acceptance and respectability of female playwrights whose works were in many cases far more popular on stage than those of their male counterparts.


“ Beyond Gin Lane: Brewing, Distilling, Fermenting the Eighteenth Century” Thomas Hothem (Writing, UC-Merced), 3394 San Felipe Court, Merced CA 95348; Tel: (209) 217-7247; E-mail: tehothem@gmail.com

In observance of our host city’s reputation as America’s “Microbrew Capital,” this session will feature new perspectives on beer (and/or wine/liquor) in history and literature, addressing such topics as: microbrewing and community formation and/or political resistance; dietary/health practices or traditions; early advancements in the science of food/drink preservation; agriculture and alcohol production; the role of alcohol in literary production/aesthetics; government policy with respect to alcohol production/consumption; local and/or global trade networks; intercultural/colonialist relationships.


“ The Performance of Sentiment: Theater and Theatricality in the Age of Sensibility” Jean I. Marsden, Dept.of English, U-4025, U. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-4025; Tel: (860) 486-5441; Fax: (860) 486-1530; E-mail: jean.marsden@uconn.edu

Much scholarship of the twentieth century largely overlooked the drama of the eighteenth century, especially that written after the Licensing Act of 1737, in favor of Restoration drama. More recently, however, the theater of the second half of the eighteenth century is undergoing a renaissance of interest among scholars who recognize its central role in British literature and culture. The goal of this panel is to provide a venue for new approaches to drama and performance during an age which, despite its actual fascination with theater, is too often characterized as devoted to the novel.


“Biography, Aesthetic Experience, and the Beginnings of Psychology” F. Corey Roberts, 1845 Knollcrest Cir. SE, Dept. of Germanic Languages, Calvin College , Grand Rapids, MI 49546; Tel: (616) 526-7583; Fax: (616) 526-8583; Email: fcr3@calvin.edu

In the early 18 th century, autobiographies and collected biographies introduced a new focus on accounts of personal experience and their importance in character formation, self-reflection and religious conviction. By mid-century, biographical writing had become one of the most popular literary forms in Europe and had significantly shaped the literary sphere—both as a narrative genre and in terms of how one formulated a non-rational notion of religious or aesthetic experience. In the second half of the century, many authors, including J. G. Hamann, J. Boswell, Rousseau, Goethe, E. Gibbon, K. Ph. Moritz and Tieck, wrote influential biographical texts – both historical and fictional – that continued to foreground the role of personal experience and life narrative in representing the entirety of human consciousness. In addition, other narrative and theoretical texts increasingly dealt with matters of perception and introspection either indirectly, in literary genres like the Bildungsroman, or directly, as in philosophical tracts by Condillac, T. Ried and Kant, and proto-psychological writings like Moritz's Magazin zur Erfahrungsseelenkunde. Contributions are sought that focus on any aspect of the interplay between biographical writing and the emergence of aesthetics and/or psychology as a discipline.


“Sentiment and Economics Across Genres” Michael Genovese, U. of Virginia, 765 S. Marvine St., Philadelphia, PA 19147; Tel: (267) 239-5488; E-mail: meg5p@virginia.edu

Critics such as James Thompson and John Mullan have made us increasingly aware of the role that economic and sentimental discourses played in eighteenth-century literature.  But while studies such as theirs have focused primarily on the novel, the aim of this panel is to broaden the critical discussion of sentiment and economics to show how prevalent these ideas were across many modes of eighteenth-century writing.  By including papers that address a variety of genres, this panel will bring attention to the variety of forms in which the discourses of sentiment and economics appeared to eighteenth-century readers.  The ultimate goal is for the panel to sketch an outline of a multi-genre literary history that shows the discourses of sentiment and economics overlapping and interacting throughout genres that were in conversation with each other.   

While Adam Smith is perhaps the most familiar writer of both sympathy and economics, a lively discussion of sentiment and economics appeared long before he began writing. Because these early conceptions and appearances of sentiment and economics are less frequently addressed, papers that approach the sentimental and the economic from an early-century perspective are especially welcome.   

Papers should actively engage the specifics of genre as well as the issues or structures of sentiment and economics. Literary criticism as well as historical or cultural approaches that focus on texts and social/political/economic/cultural practices will be considered, and any theoretical approach that sheds light on the topic will be welcome. Papers may address sentiment and economics as it pertains to any region of the British realm, i.e., England, the American colonies, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Southeast Asia, etc.


“British Representations of Slavery in the Non-British World” Adam R. Beach, Dept. English, Ball State U., Muncie, IN, 47306-8580; Tel: (home): (765) 741-8009; Fax: (765) 285-3765; Email: arbeach@bsu.edu

This session seeks panelists for a roundtable discussion of British representations of slavery in the non-British world. Panelists may discuss any number of possible topics: Whig rhetoric about the supposed “slavery” of the subjects of Catholic absolutist monarchs in Europe; texts by or about English slaves in North Africa or other parts of the world; or writings that depict the slave and slave-trading cultures of West Africa as well as the empires of the Middle and Far East. More importantly, I hope to open up a discussion about the particular challenges posed by British writings on such topics. To what uses and ideological purposes did British writers put their discussions of slavery in the non-British world? Do such representations generally serve the interests of British imperialism and nationalism? Can these depictions enable, from our own post-colonial perspective, a critique of slavery and slave practices in other empires? What methodological or ethical issues are at stake when we study or teach British writings about slavery in non-British settings? How might we integrate our study of British writings about slavery in other parts of the world with discussions, both then and now, about slavery in the British Atlantic?


“Accessorizing the Eighteenth Century” Laura Engel, Duquesne U., Dept. of English,Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15282; Tel: (412) 721-1154; E-mail: engell784@duq.edu AND Lisa Higgins, U. of Maryland; Dept. of English, 2101 Susquehanna Hall, College Park, MD 20742; Tel: (202) 550-5657; E-mail: l isahiggins14@yahoo.com

This panel seeks to explore the various ways in which accessories (wigs, gloves, jewelry, muffs, fans, masks, bags, canes, caps, collars, patches, feathers, fur, hair ornaments, hats, headdresses, watches, lace, neckcloths, parasols, ribbons, rosettes, ruffs, shawls, stoles, snuff-boxes, swords, veils, etc) are represented visually, narratively, and/or theatrically in the long eighteenth century. Papers may focus on the relationship of accessories to material culture, gender, performance, the theatre, empire, sexuality, politics, cosmopolitanism, neoclassicism, and so on. Interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Please submit a 250-500 word abstract to both organizers.


“Reconsidering the English Stage 1660-1730” Cynthia Klekar, Dept. of English, Western Michigan U., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331; Tel: (269) 387-2600; E-mail: ynthia.klekar@wmich.edu

This panel (co-organized with Robert Markley, U. of Illinois) will explore new approaches to plays and performances between 1660 and 1730. We particularly encourage feminist, cultural studies and postcolonial approaches to the theatre.


“ Novel Pedagogies: New Approaches to Teaching English Women's Texts” Manushag N. Powell and Nicole Horejsi, Dept. of English, Heavilon Hall Rm. 324, 500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2038; Tel: 310-903-6038; E-mail: nushpowell@gmail.com; nhorejsi@ucla.edu

Critical approaches to the eighteenth-century novel have evolved dramatically from the touchstone of Ian Watt’s work in 1957, and we now have nearly as many theories of the novel as novels themselves. Concurrently, the once-neglected matter of gender and women’s writing has clearly moved to the forefront. But has the novel canon also expanded so thoroughly, particularly at the undergraduate level? Have Haywood, Lennox, and Burney reached the same unyielding footing as Richardson, Fielding, and Smollett? This roundtable proposes to discuss new and “novel” approaches to eighteenth-century prose pedagogy; we hope for 200-500 word proposals covering such issues as: new approaches to “canonical” women’s novels, approaches to newly- or non-canonical novels by women (including especially more “marginal” authors such as Penelope Aubin, Sarah Scott, and Frances Brooke), teaching other texts, media, films, etc. in combination with novels, and any “non-standard” approaches to novel courses.


“The Bonds of Sentiment” Stephen Ahern, Dept. of English, Acadia U., Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6 Canada; Tel: (902) 585-1517; Fax: (902) 585-1070; E-mail: stephen.ahern@acadiau.ca

With its emphasis on benevolent sympathy, sentimentalism gave moral and rhetorical force to movements for the relief of poverty, for penal reform, for abolition. Yet the sentimentalist tendency to stress the primacy of affective bonds and to aestheticize the site of suffering often served to efface the power imbalances that marked relations between the affluent and the poor, the employer and the servant, the master and the slave. Papers sought that explore this paradox at the heart of the culture of sentimentality that shaped English-speaking society on both sides of the Atlantic. How do the politics of sentiment play out in imaginative literature? in life writing? in moral philosophy? in economic theory? in political rhetoric? Interdisciplinary considerations particularly welcome.


“Translating the Colonial World in Eighteenth-Century Encyclopedias” Clorinda Donato and Hans Juergen Luesebrink, CSU Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840; Tel: (310) 386-2114; Fax: (310) 316-9220; E-mail: donato@csulb.edu or luesebrink@mx.uni-saarland.de

For scholars of the global eighteenth century, the geographical articles of encyclopedias are among the most valuable sources for charting evolving views of empire. By analyzing the ways in which colonial empires are depicted, the cultural and economic stakes of colonial activity are visible. However, such analyses remain one-sided and static if they do not reach beyond a single, national view. The numerous translations of eighteenth-century compilations, with their geographical and colonial articles, add the dynamic element to the widely recognized timeliness of studying the global eighteenth century. This panel seeks papers on the comparative, cross-cultural, and transnational perspectives to be found in translated editions and their reworked, often rewritten articles on the colonial world. The organizers welcome papers addressing any aspect of the colonial world in translated editions, including, but not limited to geography, botany, and any form of material culture.


“Landscape I – From Botany to Book Arts, Follies to Fiction” Janine Barchas, U. of Texas at Austin; English Dept.; 1 University Station, B5000; Austin, TX 78712; Tel: (512) 471-8379; Fax: (512) 471-4909; E-mail: barchas@mail.utexas.edu

This seminar welcomes papers that explore how the changes in landscape architecture and styles of gardening that took place during the eighteenth century found expression in many other disciplines and genres – from science and philosophy to painting and the novel.


“Landscape II: Sexuality and Literary Genres” Lisa Moore, Dept. of English, U. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1164; Tel: (512) 471-1837; Fax: (512 ) 471-4909; E-mail: llmoore@mail.utexas.edu

This panel aims to bring together new work in interartistic studies, also known as that venerable eighteenth-century tradition of “the sister arts,” with a special focus on the impact of landscape genres such as garden design, botanical illustration, and literary pictorialism on the development of the novel, poetry, and other literary genres in the eighteenth century. I welcome papers describing English, European, Caribbean or North American materials.


“Johnson Imagined and Re-Imagined” Philip Smallwood, School of English, U. of Central England, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2SU, England; Tel: 0121 331 5540; E-mail: Philip.smallwood@uce.ac.uk

This seminar invites papers which illuminate the various ways in which Samuel Johnson’s image as a writer, as a figure, and as a personality, has been constituted, sometimes distorted and sometimes manipulated, for whatever purpose, over time. Contributors may wish to examine the role of visual representations of Johnson, his making and re-making by biographical treatments, and ways in which his critics and commentators have responded to his critical, editorial, lexicographical, and creative work. Papers could address aspects of the creative re-working of Johnson and the Johnsonian in fiction and drama or consider the role of an imagined Johnson in the process of cultural and literary revolution—but what form should future re-imaginings take?


“Teaching the Eighteenth Century: A Poster Session” Jack Iverson, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362; Tel: (509) 526-4750; (before 6/1/07: (509) 522-4441); Fax: (509) 527-5039; E-mail: iversojr@whitman.edu

This poster session would facilitate the sharing of pedagogical approaches to the eighteenth century. Its goals are thus similar to those of the sessions based on the Innovative Course Design prizes. But this poster session would allow a much larger number of ASECS members to participate.

The session will call for participants to create posters that present a course or one portion of a course focusing on the eighteenth century. Participants will be encouraged to provide a mechanism for sharing the information they present, either in the form of photocopies for distribution or in the form of subsequent electronic communication.

I anticipate that this session will be particularly attractive to colleagues who are under institutional pressure to provide evidence of their engagement in professional and pedagogical development. It will also bring to the fore one of the main activities of many ASECS members.


“Beyond The Female Quixote Manushag N. Powell and Nicole Horejsi, Dept. of English, Heavilon Hall Rm. 324, 500 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2038; Tel: 310-903-6038; E-mail: nushpowell@gmail.com; nhorejsi@ucla.edu

Charlotte Lennox’s 1752 masterpiece has recently begun to garner the critical attention that reflects its cultural significance to the development of eighteenth-century prose fiction, but, though this implies the recognition of Lennox as an influential and important woman of letters, the rest of her work remains comparatively neglected. Proposals for 20-minute papers on such texts as Harriot Stuart, Henrietta, Sophia, Euphemia, The Lady’s Museum, or Lennox as historiographer, poet, dramatist, or translator, either in conjunction with discussion of The Female Quixote or on their own, are solicited.


“Eighteenth-Century Professions” Alexander Dick, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, U.of British Columbia, 397-1873 East Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z1, CANADA; Tel: (604) 822-4225; Fax: (604) 822-6906; E-mail: alexdick@interchange.ubc.ca

While the professionalization of authorship is a much discussed subject in literary studies and cultural history, other professions such as the law and the ministry have received relatively little attention. The aim of this interdisciplinary panel is to explore what it meant to be an intellectual professional in the eighteenth century, to be someone who worked not with the hands or the body but with the mind. Papers are invited to consider such topics as the depiction of intellectual professionals in literary and non-literary works; the formation of an intellectual class and the hierarchization of manual and intellectual labor; and the connection between ideas of professionalism and emerging concepts of taste, gender, nationality, and cosmopolitanism. Special interest will be taken in papers that focus on “professing”: the ways intellectual prestige and cultural capital were earned through acts of speech, writing, circulation, and publication.


“The Ecstasy of Influence: Adaptation, Appropriation and Interpretation in the Long Eighteenth Century“ Bill Carter and Catherine Sprecher, Carter – Dept. of World Languages and Cultures, Iowa State U., 3102 Pearson Hall, Ames, IA 50011; Sprecher- U. of Chicago, Dept. of Germanic Studies, 1050 E. 59th Street, CL25F, Chicago, IL 60637; Tel: Carter (515) 708 41 57 / Sprecher (925) 465 5863; Fax: Carter (515) 294 9914 / Sprecher: (773) 702-5902; E-mail: bcarter@iastate.edu or ccsprech@uchicago.edu

In a recent article in Harper's Magazine (Feb. 2007), the writer Jonathan Lethem pleads for a free exchange of ideas between artists. He has set his theory into practice by starting the "promiscuous materials project" on his website, where he invites other writers to freely use his material for their own artistic creations. Lethem also emphasizes that he himself has greatly profited from the works of other artists. Looking at the long 18 th century, this panel asks whether Lethem's concept is as radical as it appears to a 21 st century audience. How did 18 th century writers and artists view the exchange of ideas? How did they adapt, appropriate, interpret and influence each other? And how did they theorize and write about this exchange of ideas? Could they be seen as advocating the 'free' exchange Lethem envisions for the 21 st century, or are they protective of their material and reluctant to admit where their ideas come from? Our panel proposes to address these and related questions. We hope to include speakers from various disciplines, including literature from different languages as well as the visual arts. Our panel will follow the standard format of three speakers and a chair.


“Fact and Fiction: The Anti-Inquisition” Kathleen Fueger, Dept. of Modern & Classical Languages, Saint Louis U., 220 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103; Tel: (314) 977-3663; Fax: (314) 977-1495; E-mail: kfueger@slu.edu or pq6mil@yahoo.com

Although the power and presence of the Spanish Inquisition diminished throughout the eighteenth century, writers, artists and historians continued to oppose it. This panel proposes to explore anti-Inquisition discourse and cultural practices specific to the concerns and perspectives of the Enlightenment and seeks papers which address the following questions: How were the facts about the Inquisition investigated and conveyed? Conversely, how were myths about it propagated and to what end? How are eighteenth-century theories of tolerance manifest in anti-Inquisition expression? Do cultural practices and discourse reflect a philosophical rejection of intolerance or is tolerance a condition necessary to economic and social reform? Does resistance to the Inquisition manifest itself only in rhetoric or in practice as well? We invite submissions of abstracts which address these questions or others related to the topic. We encourage multifaceted viewpoints and therefore welcome proposals from the fields of literature, art, music, history and theology.


 “On the Move: Watching Bodies in the Eighteenth Century” Raymond J. Ricketts, 3617 Hamilton St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; Tel: (215) 222-1371; Fax: (610) 526-7477; E-mail: rrickett@brynmawr.edu

This panel seeks to extend thinking about the body, in the relationship between spectatorship and aesthetics, between observation/experiment and empirical knowledge, and the overlap between the two, by exploring eighteenth-century observations of human bodies in motion. These could include observations of movements of populations, performing bodies (dancing, singing, making music, acting), bodies on the run, bodies at play, bodies having sex, bodies writing or making art, intentional gestures/unintended writhings, and bodies marching in protest or “dancing attendance.” These might be represented in novels, poems, treatises, operas, plays, dances, engravings, paintings, sculpture, or decorative objects.


“The Republic of Letters II: The Postal System and Ilumination / La República de las Cartas II: Postas y Luces” Mark R. Malin, Dept. of Romance Languages, Randolph-Macon College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, VA 23005; Tel: (804) 752-7252; Fax: (804) 752-8990 / 804-752-7231; E-mail: mmalin@rmc.edu

The homepage of the British Postal Museum boasts that “British postal communications helped shape the modern world.” The Spanish postal museum invites visitors to enjoy a magical and fascinating tour through the evolution of the means of communication that have decisively influenced the course of civilization. The eighteenth century was a period of great progress in communication. In Spain, for example, Phillip V in the very early 1700s, incorporated the post office into the realm of royal services, seeing it as a vital part of the modernization process. In art, allusions to the postal system and the technology of communication and lighting were metaphors for the process of nation building and modernization. This panel seeks papers on how the postal system, the technology of communication, illumination or other modern technological developments during the Enlightenment served as metaphors for nation building and modernization of the state. This panel especially welcomes interdisciplinary approaches and encourages submissions from art and literatures since the means of communications featured prominently in both narrative and in art from all nations, and on both sides of the Atlantic.


 “Imagining the Revolutionary City: Paris in Image and Narrative” Gregory S. Brown, Dept. of History, UNLV; 4505 Maryland Parkway #5020; Las Vegas NV 89154-5020; Tel: (702) 895-4181; Fax: (702) 895-1782; E-mail: gbrown@unlv.nevada.edu

An interdisciplinary session to discuss how Parisians of the 1790s forged a collective imagination of their city and its role in the events of the Revolution. This would include discussions of the production and distribution of visual images through engravings and of the production and distribution of narratives of personal experience in print; still others might address the creation of social images in works of literature, such as theater or opera. These discussions might address the interaction of engravers, writers or other producers with the municipal and national government or with political activists; in so doing, they might address how the specific social figures and narratives deployed in visual or verbal representations responded to the exigencies of political and rhetorical context of Revolutionary Paris.


”Abiding (by) the Law in Eighteenth-Century Fiction” Benjamin F. Pauley, Dept. of English, Eastern Connecticut State U., 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT 06226; Tel: ( 860 ) 465-4574 ; Fax: ( 860 ) 465-4580; E-mail: PauleyB@easternct.edu

This panel seeks papers examining the ways that eighteenth-century novels explore the effects of law and legal systems on the lives of “ordinary” people. Rather than addressing the more spectacular figure of the criminal, this panel asks how novels figure the law’s impingement on the “law-abiding.” Whether in the form of contract, inheritance, or civil litigation, legal questions often obtrude themselves upon the adventures of fictional heroes and heroines, and provide eighteenth-century authors with both complications for and resolutions of their narratives. In what ways are questions of law woven into the texture of eighteenth-century novels, and what might those novelistic textures reveal about eighteenth-century attitudes towards the law? Papers are welcome on fiction from throughout the period and across national traditions.


“Theatre in the Eighteenth-Century 1700-(1737)-1780” Chris Mounsey, U. of Winchester; 15 Kingsley House, Claremont Road, Surbiton, Surrey, United Kingdom KT6 4RX; Tel: (0044) 7981 883815; E-mail: Cmouns@aol.com

The panel is intended to be a four paper format to open discussion about the theatre in the eighteenth-century itself, just before and after the 1737 theatre licensing Act. It is intended to explore what, if anything, happened to theatrical presentation of ideas, entertaining or political when all plays had to be read by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office and theatrical venues were closed to anything but musical performances.


. “Sex Objects: The Erotics of Material Culture” Kathleen Lubey, Dept. of English, St. John Hall B40-13, St. John’s U., 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439; Tel:(718) 990 5615; E-mail: kathleen.lubey@gmail.com

Such anthologies as Alexander Pettit and Patrick Spedding’s Eighteenth-Century British Erotica (Pickering and Chatto, 2002 and 2004) and Bradford K. Mudge’s When Flesh Becomes Word (2004) remind us that the eighteenth century was an erotic age. At the same time, recent studies of commerce, consumption, and material culture call our attention to the period’s fascination with objects and things in everyday life. This session seeks papers that consider the material aspect of sex lives, or, conversely, the sexual aspect of material life in the long eighteenth century. We welcome a broad interpretation of the topic; proposals may address (but should not be limited to) the following questions:

  • Is sexual agency enhanced or compromised, enabled or disabled, by the subject’s proximity to material objects?
  • What is the relationship between the erotic and the aesthetic as ways of organizing subject-object relations?
  • What is the status of the flesh, as sexually animated material, in 18 th-century culture?
  • Is there, to borrow from the title of a recent collection edited by Mark Blackwell, a “secret life of things” in this period? Do the private thoughts, desires, and experiences that define the modern sexual subject extend to the object world? In other words, do things have sex lives in the eighteenth century?
    “The Novel between Fielding and Austen: New Approaches”(Roundtable) Mark Blackwell, English Dept., U. of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117; Tel: (860) 768-4941; Fax: (860) 768-4940; E-mail: blackwell@hartford.edu

What texts, theories, or methods promise to give us a new purchase on the history of English prose fiction in the second half of the eighteenth century? Should we examine the novel’s relationship to other genres, rethink it using recent work on book history and the material culture of the book, attend to particular social, philosophical, and cultural contexts? What understudied works challenge our assumptions about what novels are and how they work? What canonical works have been misunderstood?

This will be a roundtable discussion, with position papers or lists of talking points (5-6 pages) circulated in advance among panelists, who will each present for ten or so minutes and then engage in an open-ended discussion. Please send two-page abstracts.


“Towards a Cultural History of the Imagination in the Long Eighteenth Century” Kimberly Latta, Dept. of English, U. of Pittsburgh,  509 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; Tel: (  412) 624-6528; E-mail: ksl1!@pitt.edu

What makes the idea of the imagination in the late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-centuries different from earlier notions of that faculty?  In what ways can we say that modern imagination has been influenced by the emergence of  capitalism and a bourgeois ethic of productivity?  What about the influence of natural philosophy? Alchemy? The New Sciences?  Medicine? What role does secularization play in the development of this concept?   When and how does human creativity become utterly distinguished from divine creativity?  How and when do ideas about "wit," "fancy," "genius," and "imagination" begin to become separable from one another?  Do modern notions of imagination engage with and perhaps even help to produce modern ideas about masculine and feminine identity? Papers that consider these and other questions about the cultural history of creativity after Sir Philip Sidney and before the Romantic poets are solicited for a broad-ranging discussion of literature, art, art history, the history of science, philosophy, and music in English, European and colonial  culture.


“Mimesis, Performance, and the Primitive in Eighteenth-Century English Culture” Beth Kowaleski Wallace, Carney Hall, English Dept., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. 02467; Tel: (617) 552-3722; Fax: (617) 552-4220; E-mail: kowalesk@bc.edu

In Mimesis and Alterity Michael Taussig explores the resurgence of the “primitive” in modern culture. Though he never explicitly defines his term, Taussig’s primitive (akin to Levi-Strauss’s “savage mind”) is resistant to western rationalism, and it possesses its own, alternative systems of logic and thinking. Taussig explains that by exploring primitivism and mimesis he hopes to work against the myth of the Enlightenment “with its universal, context-free reason, not merely the resistance of the concrete particular to abstraction, but what I deem crucial to thought that moves and moves us—namely its sensuousness, its mimicity.”

This panel invites papers that explores the magic that lies at the heart of various forms of eighteenth-century mimesis--particularly, though not exclusively, those that appear to destabilize Enlightenment myths. How do we recapture the weirdness and complexity of the eighteenth-century copy? How does the copy destablize that which it imitates? What is the relationship between mimesis and the capacity to Other?

This seminar, consisting of three papers and a respondent, encourages the application of cultural studies approaches to a variety of objects and texts.


“Aristotelism in the Eighteenth Century: Forms and Functions” Ulrike Zeuch, Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 1364, 38299, Wolfenb üttel, Germany, Tel: (+49) (0) 5331 808202; Fax: (+49) (0) 5331 808266; E-mail: zeuch@hab.de

It is well know that the Aristotle of the Early modern times is not the Aristotle of the eighteenth century. Less know however is:

  • in which disciplines (theology, philosophy, law, medicine, ethics, poetics, historia literaria, historia naturals, artes mechanicae, rhetorics etc.) of the eighteenth century Aristotle is referred to;
  • in which respect the scientific methods (analysis, synthesis etc.) in the eighteenth century owe to Aristotle;
  • which are the forms of reference: Aristotle for example as authority or as starting point for analysis;
  • which are the functions of reference; with Aristotle against metaphysics, with Aristotle against lutheranian orthodoxy, with Aristotle against skepticism and stoicism, etc.

All those interested in the topic and the questions raised above are invited to contribute to the panel.


“Rococo Ornament Revisted” Jennifer Milam and Michael Yonan, Milam- Dept. of Art History and Film Studies, A26, Mills Building, U. of Sydney, 2006, Australia; Yonan- Dept. of Art History and Archaeology, 109 Pickard Hall, U. of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, 65211-1420; Tel:+61-2-9351-4210 (Milam); (573) 884-7141 (Yonan); Fax: +61-2-9351-4212 (Milam); (573) 884-5269 (Yonan); E-mail: jennifer.milam@arts.usyd.edu.au, yonanm@missouri.edu

This seminar seeks to expand an understanding of Rococo ornament through papers that address the relationship between style, material and meaning in architectural ornament and the ornamentation of the garden. Most welcome are topics that explore the broader significance of ornament, particularly as it relates to the history of natural philosophy, cosmopolitanism, patriotism, and cross-cultural exchange during the eighteenth century. Papers might address any aspect of ornament within the visual arts (paintings, prints, architectural and garden plans, decorative arts); but we also anticipate interdisciplinary studies that position the value of ornament within a history of ideas.


“The Amateur: Theory and Practice” Michelle Levy, Dept. of English, Simon Fraser U., 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6; Tel: (604) 291-5393; Fax: (604) 291-4737; E-mail: mnl@sfu.ca

While in recent years there has been growing interest in the process and ideology of professionalization in the eighteenth century (Schellenberg, Siskin, Zionkowski), particularly as it relates to literary culture, less attention has been paid to the other side of the equation: that is, to the amateur. This panel seeks to investigate the practices of amateur culture, across a range of disciplines including music, art, literature, and natural history during the century in which the category of the amateur itself came into being (the first OED attestation for the word is in 1784). Papers will be solicited that examine both the practices of amateur culture and the ways in which it came to be identified and separated from the professional as well as the original genius with which it was often contrasted. In order to achieve an interdisciplinary discussion, and in particular to assess the differing developments in amateur culture across a range of activities, this session is being proposed as a roundtable. It is anticipated that 5-6 panelists will present brief (10 minute) papers, to be circulated in advance, allowing for ample time for discussion amongst all of the participants and the audience.


“The Uses of the Supernatural” Jason Gieger, English Dept./ CSU Sacramento, 6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819-6075; Tel: Telephone: (916) 278-7284; E-mail: gieger@csus.edu

Papers welcomed that discuss the uses of the supernatural in eighteenth-century texts and culture. How and why do the authors, artists, historians, politicians, and everyday folk deploy ideas of the supernatural? What tensions exist

between “Enlightenment” and the darker spaces of superstition and belief? Please submit 2-page abstracts.


“Judith Butler in the Long Eighteenth Century” (Roundtable)    Kimberly Latta, Dept. of English, U. of Pittsburgh,  509 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; Tel: (  412) 624-6528; E-mail: ksl1!@pitt.edu

How has our understanding of gender and identity formation in the long eighteenth-century shifted since we began to read Judith Butler's powerfully influential books?  Are there other theorists who have been more important to work on gender in this period?    Papers on all topics in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century studies (art history, architecture, literature, history) that employ performance theory, strategies for  "un-doing"  gender and /or other theoretical viewpoints influenced by Butler are welcome.


“Literature and the Information Revolution” Markman Ellis, School of English, Queen Mary U. of London, London E1 4NS; Tel: (44) 07946461356; E-mail: m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk

The eighteenth century saw a proliferation of ways in which knowledge was organized, such as curricula, libraries and encyclopædias. In such enterprises, knowledge was remade according to more or less legible principles or systems of classification. Historians of science have sometimes called this the eighteenth century information revolution. To what extent does eighteenth-century literature provide evidence of this transformation, what forms did such a reorganization of literature take, and when, if at all, did it happen.



”Jonathan Swift and his Circle V” Donald C. Mell, Dept. of English, 218 MEM, U. of Delaware , Newark, DE 19716; Tel: (302) 831-3660; Fax: (302) 831-1586; E-mail: dmell@udel.edu

This special session will explore the range of literary, political, and cultural relationships between Swift and his Irish and English friends (and enemies) early and later in his career. Those treated may be among well-known figures of the period or more obscure but nevertheless influential persons. There will be four panelists, each of whom will present a 15-minute paper after which there will be a question period and general discussion of the issues raised by the papers involving panelists and the audience.


“ The Passions and the Enlightenment Periphery” Jonathan E. Carlyon, 1600 West Plum St. Apt. 31-C Fort Collins, CO 80521; Tel: (970) 491-5519; Fax: (970) 491-2822; E-mail: jonathan.carlyon@colostate.edu

This panel will explore the passions from the perspectives of sublimation, the culture of sentiment, glory, aesthetics, and good taste as they relate to Enlightenment discourses of political economy and the common good. The panel especially seeks to consider this topic in light of marginalized writers, groups, and nations on the periphery of this intellectual history.


“New Perspectives on the Business of Prints and Printmaking in Eighteenth-Century Culture” Paula Radisich, Dept. of Art and Art History, Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA. 90608; Tel: (562) 696-9850 (home); Fax: ( 562) 464-4551 (office); E-mail: pradisich@whittier.edu

Possible topics include the commerce of prints and the print as an agent of taste and fashion. Papers from any national perspective are welcome.


“Religious Transformations in the Eighteenth Century” Bridget Keegan, English Dept., Creighton U.; 2500 California Plaza; Omaha, NE 68178; Tel: (402) 280-2548; Fax: (402) 280-2143; E-mail: bmkeegan@creighton.edu AND Michael C. Legaspi, Theology Dept., Creighton U., 2500 California Plaza; Omaha, NE 68178; Tel: (402) 280-2404; Fax: (402) 280-2502; E-mail: mlegaspi@creighton.edu

The reappropriation of older religious traditions in order to meet the challenges of new intellectual questions is a cultural, social, and intellectual phenomenon that is relevant to many fields within eighteenth-century studies. The seminar is interested in papers which offer, through close analysis of important texts, figures, or episodes, an opportunity to understand both the poetics of theological transformation and the larger cultural and historical conditions which made creative religious reappropriations both desirable and possible.

Interdisciplinarity: Scholars from the following fields are encouraged to submit proposals: social and cultural history; literary criticism; history of religion; intellectual history.


“Is Enlightenment/Aufklärung/Lumières Divisible?” Hans Adler, Dept. of German; U. of Wisconsin; 1220 Linden Drive; Madison, WI 53706; Tel: (608) 262-2193; Fax: (608) 262-7949; E-mail: hadler@wisc.edu

In the 1780s, Enlightenment theory met practice and a forceful debate started about the question of whether everybody should have access to all available knowledge and skills. The programmatic equality, based on the assumption that all human beings are endowed with reason and some unalienable rights became a problem when applied to the very concrete social situation. Concepts of popular enlightenment developed a whole array of ideas for societies under the auspices of enligthened thinking. Frederic II forced his academy to organize the 1780 academic essay contest around the question whether it be useful for the people to be deceived. Within these contexts, the idea developed whether enlightenment should be withheld from certain social classes, hence whether enlightenment is divisible.


“Toward a Transnational and Relational History of Women’s Writing”(Roundtable) Alicia C. Montoya, Stationsstraat 25, 1391 GL Abcoude, The Netherlands; Academic affiliation: U. of Groningen, The Netherlands); Tel: +31( 29428)6452; E-mail: A.C.Montoya@rug.nl

A group of researchers working in the field of women’s literary history in the eighteenth century is currently in the process of establishing a collaborative, international network. Our objective is to produce an innovative history of European women’s literature, which transcends traditional national and historiographical boundaries. This ambitious project will be realized thanks to electronic support (the online database WomenWriters: www.databasewomenwriters.nl). While the project addresses women’s writing from the whole period stretching from the Middle Ages to 1900, our focus so far has been on the 18th century, and on specific media – for example, the periodical press and library catalogues – enabling us today to document women’s role as mediators in the literary field. We are particularly interested in evidence of women writers reading/translating and being influenced by other women writers, whether contemporary or from earlier periods. Our project’s working hypothesis is that a systematic inventory and analysis of reception documents will reveal the existence of transnational networks linking women writers in different geographical and linguistic parts of Europe, creating a virtual female literary community.

In this seminar, we would like to bring together a panel of scholars for a discussion of the goals and possibilities of this project. Format: after a short presentation of the project and the WomenWriters database, we will invite a number of speakers to participate in a roundtable discussion about the aims and methodological questions raised by the project. Our focus will not only be on the practical issues – the collecting of data and source material – but also on the ways in which such an approach can and should break open prevailing categories and practices in literary historiography.


“Original Sin, or How Did the Eighteenth Century Account for Evil?” Christine Lehleiter, 310-235 Erb Street West, Waterloo, ON, N2L 1V9, CANADA, (until July 2007), Tel: (519) 886 8508 ; E-mail: chlehlei@indiana.edu

Charles Baudelaire was convinced that the “denial of original sin counted for a good deal in the general blindness” of the eighteenth century. Baudelaire’s assessment is the expression of a time for which the a-moral essence of nature and the biological determination of the individual seemed inevitable. This panel seeks to explore whether the long eighteenth century indeed denied the existence of original sin or whether the opposite is true, namely that the period assumed that the human condition is intrinsically linked to an inherited evil. Possible questions are: How did the doctrine of original sin fit in the larger context of a ‘progressive’ age? If eighteenth-century authors believed that human nature is in principle good, how did they account for evil? Which concept of nature stands behind the conviction that the human being is born as tabula rasa and how did this concept change throughout the long eighteenth century? How did children and the ‘good primitive’ fit in this discussion? Was freedom of will and therefore responsibility for deeds assumed and what were the legal and religious consequences for the culprit? Papers that discuss these and similar questions from a literary, philosophical, theological, legal or anthropological perspective are welcome.


“Symbols and Signs: The World of the Occult in Early Modern Europe” Pamela D. Gay-White; Dept. Languages and Literatures, P.O. Box 271, Alabama State U., Montgomery, Alabama 36101; Tel: (334) 229-5618; Fax: (334) 229-4319; E-mail: pdgaywhite@aol.com

This seminar furthers interdisciplinary studies in the eighteenth century through a cultural study of the evolution, uses and debates concerning the occult during the long eighteenth century. Papers or works in progress that explore theoretical approaches concerning the art and purposes of divination, i.e. magic, astrology, signs, alchemy, as these were used in all strata of society science or as means of mastering knowledge will be selected from a variety of disciplines. Papers may also concern eighteenth century debates on superstition Session will be conducted as an interdisciplinary forum composed of a panel of scholars followed by commentary.


“The New Locke” (Roundtable) Wolfram Schmidgen and Helen Thompson, Dept. of English, Washington U., One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130; Tel: (314) 935 4401; Fax: (314) 935 7461; E-mail: wschmidg@wustl.edu

Recent attention to the complexities of eighteenth-century subjectivity—to it-narratives and thing theory, to personal identity and its vicissitudes, and to the unstable frontier between human, animal, and material life—compels a reappraisal of the philosophical and political thought of John Locke. Once the instigator of unambiguously modern ideas of the individual, knowledge, and society, Locke is beginning to be seen as the author of more complex and contradictory claims for such things as personal identity, species belonging, and the limits of epistemological certainty. This roundtable aims to capture the contours of a new Locke by exploring questions such as the following: What is the gender of the Lockean individual? What is Locke’s contribution to ecological thought? Is the possessive self also a possessed self? How does Locke’s materialism affect the concept of the boundary and of genre? Is the idea that Locke reified human psychology and separated it from the world still true? Have we settled the question of Locke’s politics? Do we have to rethink Locke’s relation to eighteenth-century literary history? This roundtable hopes to reassess Locke’s significance for our newly revised accounts of materiality, subjectivity, ecology, and empiricism.


“Early Eighteenth-Century Novels: Teenage Girls in Fiction” Debbie Welham, U.of Winchester, UK.; Tel: (0044) 7966 412916; E-mail: Debbie.welham@winchester.ac.uk

Through a pair of contrasting but linked panels, the objective of this proposal is to explore the commercial, didactic, social, moral, political or religious significance of early to mid-century fiction for teenage girls, and of the representations of teenage girls in fiction. The panels seek to develop some of the interesting themes of discussion that were a result of the papers presented at ASECS Atlanta 2007 in the panels of the Aphra Behn Society, chaired by Aleksondra Hultquist.

The format of a pair of panels offers the opportunity for a wide scope of academic response to the topic from across the spectrum of current research into eighteenth-century fiction, including its content, purpose, marketplace, marketing and contemporary reception.


“Reconsidering Sensibility (Empfindsamkeit) in German and English Literature” Barbara Becker-Cantarino, 398 Hagerty Hall, German, 1775 College Rd., Ohio State U., Columbus, OH 43210-1340; Tel: (614) 292 8639; Fax: (614) 292 8510; E-mail: becker-cantarino.1@osu.edu

3 position papers (selected from the call for papers) and a respondent (invited) addressing recent research in the “emotional turn” in eighteenth-century literature in connection with the rise of the novel, and the new female readership; the influence of English moral sense philosophy and literature in Germany, Sensibility (Empfindsamkeit) as a movement different from and/ or overlapping with “Sturm und Drang” and/ or Late Enlightenment (Spätaufklärung); Sensibility versus Sentimentalism; the aesthetics of emotions versus rationalism.


“Representations of Jews in the Long Eighteenth Century” Jeremy W. Webster, Dept. of English, Ellis Hall, Ohio U., Athens, OH 45701; Tel: (740) 593-2838; Fax:(740) 593-3832; Email: webstej1@ohio.edu


In his article “Juif” for the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, the Chevalier de Jaucourt maintains that the fate of Europe had become inextricably linked to its treatment of Jews: “scattered in our day with greater security than they had ever had in all the countries of Europe where commerce reigns, they have become instruments by means of which the most distant nations can converse and correspond with each other.” Jaucourt concludes, “They are like the pegs and nails that one uses in a great building, and which are necessary to join all of its parts.”

Was the chevalier right in this assertion? Were Jews the "pegs and nails" of eighteenth-century commerce and culture? Although Jewish figures often seem marginal in many of the major texts from the period, do they actually serve a more central role than scholars have generally seen? This session will explore answers to these questions by bringing together papers on representations of Jews, whether anti-Semitic or philo-Semitic, to explore their contributions to the development of eighteenth-century history, literature, culture, and ideas. Papers on any works that depict Jewish experiences and/or representations of Jews in the long eighteenth century are welcome.  


“‘What’s in a case ?’ Practices of Knowledge in Europe in the Eighteenth Century” Alexis Tadie, Maison Française. 2-10 Norham Road, Oxford OX2 6SE, Great-Britain; Tel: +44 1865 274 220; Fax: + 44 1865 274 225; E-mail: alexis.tadie@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

The notion of ‘case’ appears in various fields: if the legal meaning is primary, ‘case’ also has a special relevance in medicine, religion, grammar, and again in disciplines such as casuistry. Its uses evolve during the period, moving away from the original meaning derived from the Latin casus in the sense of an ‘accident’. It comes to be associated with the occurrence of a thing, with a state of affairs, with a condition, and it develops technical meanings in the field of law, religion (case of conscience), medicine, and grammar. The aim of this panel is not to provide a full survey of the uses and meanings of ’case’ in each of the disciplines involved, but to focus on interactions between various forms and practices of knowledge. If we shed light on the legal connotations of ‘case’, its use in philosophical treatises may for instance lead to a reconsideration of developments in natural philosophy. The rather late development of the medical sense invites further consideration of the relationship between scientific and legal proceedings. The relationship between law and the development of literature, in particular of the novel, may take new dimensions when considered in this light. We would like to invite papers that explore these relationships in the eighteenth century.


“Cardinal Virtues and Deadly Sins: Ethics and Conceptual History in Eighteenth-Century Studies” Paddy Bullard, St. Catherine's College, Manor Road, OXFORD, UK. OX1 3UJ; Tel: (+0044) 1865 281261; E-mail: paddy.bullard[at]ell.ox.ac.uk

This panel is an opportunity for debating the extent to which the individual concepts of eighteenth-century virtue morality are appropriate objects for investigation by intellectual and literary historians. Papers dedicated to the study of individual virtues (justice, fortitude, prudence, temperance, etc.), vices or sins (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride, etc.), or to the consideration of their relationships, are welcomed – but the general concern of the panel is with the methodological implications of this sort of investigation. The publication five years ago of Quentin Skinner's collected essays on methodology (Visions of Politics, Volume 1: Regarding Method. Cambridge University Press, 2002) marked a softening of his once uncompromising hostility to the sort of old-fashioned 'history of ideas' represented by an eighteenth-centuryist, Arthur O. Lovejoy, and his book The Great Chain of Being (1960). Skinner's views on this question seem to have been influenced by his recent exposure to the programme for the study of Begriffsgeschichte (the history of concepts) pioneered by the German historian Reinhart Koselleck, and introduced to anglophone readers through the work of Melvin Richter. Skinner remains reserved about the uses of conceptual history, however, because any useful explanation for shifts in moral vocabulary is likely to resolve itself into problems of social change – 'but I have no general theory about the mechanisms of social transformation,' Skinner protests, 'and I am somewhat suspicious of those who have'. And yet Professor Skinner's preference for the study of sudden, local conceptual shifts seems more appropriate to the convulsive Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries than it is to the comparatively placid and self-conscious Eighteenth Century. Is it possible that certain conditions of eighteenth-century intellectual life were particularly conducive to inquiry into the 'characters of the virtues' (as Francis Hutcheson and Adam Smith called them)? Is the eighteenth-century proclivity for making dictionaries and encyclopaedias a textual symptom of these sorts of inquiry? And what are the implications of these questions for the interdisciplinary study of texts from this period?


“Letters and the Editor” Kathryn L. Steele. 401 W. Brooks, BL4, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-2121; Email: ksteele@ou.edu

This panel seeks an interdisciplinary examination of eighteenth-century letters as archival sources. What did the earliest editors of letters do to them? Are current editorial, curatorial, and bibliographic practices keeping up with scholars’ needs? What are our scholarly and instructional demands of the letter? Are those demands at odds with letter-writers’ often expressed desire for privacy? Papers might examine the eighteenth-century’s publication expectations (including publication through coterie circulation of manuscripts) of this key genre, or later periods’ expectations--including, but not limited to our own. Explorations of these issues through a look at specific writers or circles, or from broad, methodologically-oriented perspectives will be welcome.


“The Double-edged Sword of Satire: Rejection and Desire for the Other” Vance Holloway, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, U. of Texas at Austin, 1 University Stations B3700, Austin, TX 78712-1155; Tel: Telephone: ( 512 ) 232-4515: Fax: (512) 471-8073; E-mail: vhollow@mail.utexas.edu

This panel would present eighteenth-century satire in any genre or form, and any language, that challenges the sovereignty of the Cartesian subject implicit in the satirical expression that seems to derive from said subject. That is, instances of satire that express abjection, in which there is a latent desire for the object satirized to be part of the subject implied by the agency of the satire. The aim of this topic is to explore the question of whether early modernity produces expressions that undermine the very values it appears to promote via satire that posits something—a way of being, thinking, acting—that transcends subjects disparaging objects, or, in other words, somehow poses an alternative to the I or we rejecting the other.


“Resource Without a History: Salons de l’Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture (1673-1800)” John Stephen Hallam, Dept. of Art, Pacific Lutheran U., Tacoma, WA 98447; Tel: (206) 292-8671; Fax: (253) 536-5063; E-mail: hallamjs@plu.edu

Scholars have always used the 18th century Paris Salon exhibitions, primarily the published catalogs or livrets, as invaluable resources for their specialized work on individual artists, critics, theorists, collectors, patrons, historical personnages, audiences, etc. Yet there still exists no complete/overall history of the Salon as an institutionalized spectacle from the late seventeenth to the end of the eighteenth century. We have not, it seems, progressed that much beyond the historical Préface Généralein J.J. Guiffrey's Collection des livrets des anciennes expositions published in 1869.

This panel discussion invites participants to consider, comment, and discuss this lacunae in eighteenth-century studies. Possible questions and issues include: does it really matter anyway, is such a history even possible, or would it be useful for anything. If undertaken, what might a history of the Salons look like, need to address, or overcome, etc. Is a valuable resource without its own history sufficient for our scholarly purposes?


“William Blake and the Enlightenment Legacy” Humberto Garcia, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, English Dept., 608 South Wright Street Urbana, IL. 61801; Tel: (217) 377-1146; E-mail: hgarcia1@uiuc.edu

William Blake is typically construed as “the Voice of one crying in the Wilderness.” The Blake criticism of the last decade has challenged this view by seeking to historicize Blake’s life and thought within the radical culture of the 1790s and, more broadly, the long eighteenth century. Contrary to T. S. Eliot’s assessment, Blake is not an “isolated crank,” a “wild eccentric,” and “insane” writer who falls outside the tradition of Western Enlightenment thought. This panel seeks innovative papers that address Blake’s writings in the context of social, political, theological, and intellectual histories, tracing his links to the Radical Enlightenment, mystical strands of Christianity and Judaism, the English Republicanism of the mid seventeenth century, or the development of philosophical and scientific rationalism in England and Europe. Papers that explore Blake’s relationship to “conservative” modes of thought are also welcome, as well as papers that discuss the connections between Blakean thought and intellectual history in the nineteenth century. The main aim of these papers should be to situate Blake within the legacy of the Enlightenment in order to question historical narratives that tend to marginalize the cultural, religious, and political significance of the Blakean mythos.


“History Redux in Cognitive Approaches to Eighteenth-Century Literature” Wendy Jones, English Dept., Cornell U., Goldwin Smith Hall 250, Ithaca, NY 14853; Tel: (607) 272-7874; Fax: (607) 255-6661; E-mail: wj18@cornell.edu

This panel will explore the junctures at which history and cognition meet in eighteenth-century literary criticism and cultural studies. It seems that critical approaches that draw on transhistorical categories such as structuralism and psychoanalysis, and now, cognitive studies, always evoke the question of history and its corollary, cultural relativism. Much excellent work has been that includes history under the rubric of psychoanalysis and other synchronic approaches that are now entrenched in literary studies, and this panel proceeds with the assumption that the same can be done for cognitive literary criticsm. Indeed, one branch of this criticism considers texts in terms of theories of cognition that were contemporaneous with and influenced literature of the past. Other reconciliations are possible as well. Papers may consider any aspect of cognition, including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, historical theories of cogntition, and the representation of cognition.


“Dryden the Historian” David Haley, 324 Prospect Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN 55419; Tel: (612) 827–4195; Fax: (telephone before sending) (612) 827-4195; E-mail: DBHALEY@UMN.EDU

Up to four papers on any aspect of Dryden’s historical writing (narrative poems, plays, prefaces, translations) and/or his theories of history (cyclical, ecclesiastical, providential, anecdotal)


“Teaching, Technology, and Eighteenth-Century Studies” (Roundtable) Elizabeth Franklin Lewis, Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages, U. of Mary Washington, 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401; Tel: (540) 654-1987; Fax: (540) 654-1088; E-mail: elewis@umw.edu

Do you use technology in innovative or unusual ways for your teaching and/or research of the eighteenth century? How do blogging, podcasts, social networking websites (such as MySpace or Facebook), or other technology applications enhance your work as an eighteenth-century specialist? Have you found connections or parallels between our current culture of technology and the eighteenth-century that have been useful to your teaching or research? This roundtable session will attempt to look at the many ways in which we utilize technology in our work, and how we can meld the future with the past.


“Poetic Conceptions of Community in Germany” Michael Thomas Taylor, Metzer Str. 12, 10405 Berlin, Germany; from August 1, 2007: U. of Calgary, Dept. of Germanic, Slavic, and East Asian Literatures, Craigie Hall C205, 2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1N4; Tel: +49-162-192-4129; E-mail: michaeltaylor@alumni.princeton.edu

This panel will explore conceptions of community in post-rationalist German poetry and poetics. We are particularly interested in intersections between aesthetic, religious, and political paradigms. Papers may consider works from the eighteenth century or works from the nineteenth century that explicitly engage eighteenth-century paradigms.


“Actors and Actresses: In Life and Death, On the Stage and On the Page” Lisa A. Freeman, U. of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of English, m/c162, 601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607-7120; Tel: (312) 355-2530; Fax: (312) 413-1005; E-mail: lfreeman@uic.edu

Papers that examine biographical and historical representations of specific actors and actresses. What was the role of acting biographies? How did they produce or contribute to reputations both during their lives and following their deaths? What kinds of gendered or classed discourses shape these biographies? What are the possibilities and limits for writing about eighteenth-century actors and actresses today?


“Upstairs, Downstairs: Servants in the Eighteenth-Century” Scarlet Bowen, English Dept, U. of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0226; Tel: (303)735-5755; Fax: (303)492-8904; E-mail: Scarlet.Bowen@colorado.edu This seminar invites papers that explore any aspect of discourse about servants in the eighteenth century, including crime, domestic violence, economics, gender, race, class, status, representations of servants in art or literature, servant tracts or conduct books, servant memoirs, etc. Papers that extend the discussion of servants beyond England are especially welcome.  


“Globalizing the Enlightenment” Naoki Yoshida, 5-22-9 Irifune Otaru, 047-0021 JAPAN; Tel: 81-134-29-5030; Fax: 81-134-29-5030; E-mail: yoshida@res.otaru-uc.ac.jp

This panel will assess how the long eighteenth century is received, prepared, and taught in non-Western areas of the world. I will solicit papers by scholars of the Western eighteenth century who are placed in non-American, non-European universities."

 

All presentations will include comparative readings of individual works or groups of works from the long eighteenth century. How is Gay's Polly taught at Carribean universities? What has been the fate of Diderot's Tahitian islanders in the modern South Pacific? What discussion has been made on the effects of Enlightenment in the Asian universities? Panelists will be encouraged to discuss the reception history of eighteenth-century texts in their own national tradition and the export of their own scholarly work to Western academic circles.

 

"Postcolonial," "transnational," and "global" are key terms in western contemporary literary criticism. But what is their role in non-Western critical discourse?  At ASECS in Portland current ideas about the center and the periphery will be problematized. By redrawing the national boundaries of the Enlightenment the panel will begin to interrogate and define new meanings of the global "public sphere" for the future ASECS meetings and for eighteenth-century studies more broadly.


 “The ‘Character’ of the Long Eighteenth Century” Sören Hammerschmidt, Dept. of English, 2607 South Hall, U., Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170; Tel: (805) 971-1217; Fax: (805) 893-4622; E-mail: soren_hammerschmidt@umail.ucsb.edu

This panel seeks to bring together scholars from a broad range of disciplines within eighteenth-century studies whose work analyses the social, cultural, or economic functions of “character” in the long eighteenth century, a field of enquiry that has produced important scholarship in recent years. For the purposes of this panel, and because the term took on such a vast variety of significations in eighteenth-century usage, “character” is broadly conceived. Beyond the ever-popular literary character, it also encompasses the social type as manifested, for example, in the Theophrastan character; the literary persona assumed by writers or readers; evaluations of moral or social standing, and of economic reliability; and allocations of individual, professional, or national identities more generally. Last but not least, “character” also refers to the basic unit of writing, as well as of representation more broadly conceived, and invokes the print technologies that helped to construct and expose to debate the various kinds of “character” in eighteenth-century cultures. The panel invites papers from a variety of disciplines, including but by no means limited to history, art history, literary studies, music, the performing arts, gender and cultural studies, as well as studies that cross disciplinary or national/language boundaries. Participants are also encouraged to think across several meanings of the term “character” in order to excavate the importance of that term for the constitution of individuals, societies, and cultures in the long eighteenth century.


The Future of Jane Austen Studies:  Round Two” (Roundtable) Janet A. Yount,   English Dept. U. of New Hampshire, Hamilton Smith Hall, Durham, NH 03824; Tel: (603) 862-3977; Fax: (603) 862-3563; E-mail: janet.yount@unh.edu

For the 2007 ASECS meeting, I chaired two panels on the future of Jane Austen studies.  There were so many proposals for papers that ASECS kindly enabled me to chair two such sessions.  Given the interest, as well as the very positive response from audience members, I would like to chair a follow-up roundtable, to continue the discussion.  Those interested in participating should submit proposals for ten-minute presentations to be read aloud (so as to avoid time wasted by more informal remarks).  The goal will be to stimulate active discussion and debate with the audience.


“Critiques of Economic Reason in the Eighteenth Century” Betty Joseph, Dept. of English, MS-30, Rice U., 6100 Main St, Houston, TX-77005; Tel: (713) 348-2774; E-mail: beejay@rice.edu

Session will include three papers on political economy, especially critiques of mercantilism and/or nascent capitalism in treatises, tracts and literary texts. Comparative contexts welcome. The aim is to address the historical specificity of the economic formations of the eighteenth century, and the cultural cross-hatching of economic writing with other kinds of literary and non-literary formats. For instance: How do aesthetic and literary debates cross over into economic discussions at this time and vice-versa? What are the cultural aspects of mercantilism?


“The Art of Sensibilité Heather Belnap Jensen : Dept. of Visual Arts, E-509 HFAC, Brigham Young U., Provo, UT  84602; Tel: (801) 422-8242; E-mail: heather_jensen@byu.edu AND Rachel Lindheim, Dept. of Liberal Studies, Humanities 214, California State U., Fullerton, Fullerton CA 92831; Tel: (714) 278-3805; E-mail: rlindheim@fullerton.edu

This panel seeks to explore the emergence of sensibilité as a new visual language and mode of communication in the visual arts and art criticism of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. We are interested in the ways in which this new engagement with sensibilité in art was distinct from (though often related to) both mid-eighteenth sentimental representations and nineteenth-century Romanticism, as well as the Revolutionary classicism associated with the Davidian school. Papers considering the growing centrality of sensibilité as a visual and rhetorical mode of address are particularly encouraged, as are proposals focusing on a range of national traditions. Possible themes could include: sensibilité as a mode of sociability and communication; gender and sensibilité; sensibilité and the growing importance of amatory themes in art; familial and emotive portraiture; pathos and representation; religion and sensibilité; critical responses to art; the influence of philosophy and literature on visual representation; sensibilité as a response to historical transformations—especially the French Revolution and its aftermath; and sensibilité as a means of articulating national values and identity.


“Samuel Johnson’s New World” Dale Katherine Ireland, (I prefer to be contacted via email during the summer; I will not be on campus during the summer.) English Dept., Las Positas College, 3033 Collier Canyon Rd., Livermore, CA 94551; Tel: (925) 424-1000 (select option 1 then enter 2162); E-mail: dalekatherine@comcast.net

Many are familiar with Samuel Johnson’s popularized comments on the New World, such as “If slavery be thus fatally contagious, how is it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of the negroes?” Johnson’s extensive writings on the New World in relation to Britain and in relation to other nations are expansive and complex, especially when considered within a specific time frame or topic. This panel seeks papers that explore Johnson’s writings about the New World in relation to Brittan or other nations on various topics, including: government, language, literature, national identity, philosophy, religion, and travel writing. As is often the case with Johnson, the possible topics for explorations on this topic are too numerous to list; other explorations on Johnson’s New World are welcome and encouraged.


“Representing Animals” Joan B. Landes, Penn State U., Dept. of History, University Park, PA 16802-5500; Tel: (814) 863-0046; Fax: (814) 863-7840; E-mail: jbl5@psu.edu AND Paula Young Lee, Art History, Visiting Scholar in History of Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Visiting Fellow in the Humanities, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.; E-mail: parispaula_2000@yahoo.com

Representations of animals appear in a variety of venues, including the visual, literary, musical, decorative and manual arts, just as ideas concerning animals inform philosophical discussion and real-life practices. We are particularly interested in papers that interrogate the construction of the animal as an embodied subject that is responsive to, and reflective of, cultural and political conditions inside an historicized ecology.


“Re-thinking Antiquity” Jonathan Sachs, Concordia U., 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal, QC H3G 1M8 CANADA; Tel: (514) 848-2424 x2365; Fax: (514) 848-4501; E-mail: jsachs@alcor.concordia.ca

This panel will examine the interpretation of antiquity in Europe from the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns to the emergence of Romanticism, a period in which specific texts, historical sites, and architectural ruins helped to produce new aesthetic values, new ways of conceiving travel (on and off the Grand Tour), and new ways of thinking about history itself. How did scholars, artists, travelers, and Enlightenment thinkers push the understanding of antiquity beyond the geographic, political, and cultural borders established during the Renaissance? Papers that consider antiquity not as a stable “tradition,” but instead as a dynamic force in the reshaping of eighteenth- century understandings of aesthetics, gender, and national identity are especially encouraged. 


“Sustaining the Eighteenth Century: The Impact of the Publishing Industry” Janet A. Yount,   English Dept. U. of New Hampshire, Hamilton Smith Hall, Durham, NH 03824; Tel: (603) 862-3977; Fax: (603) 862-3563; E-mail: janet.yount@unh.edu

The goal of this seminar will be to explore the effect of the publishing industry on twenty- and twenty-first-century perceptions of the eighteenth-century: its literature, art, history, and culture.  We now face a crisis in scholarly publication.  What has been the history of that crisis, and how has it affected eighteenth-century studies?  How have book series like the English Men of Letters, for example, shaped our understanding of the period?  Have there been individuals, such as Victor Gollancz (1893-1967) or Alexander Macmillan (1818-1896) and his family, whose publishing houses and careers have in some direct way shaped our perceptions of the eighteenth century?


”Money, Morality, and Mayhem in the Long Eighteenth Century” Wendy Carson Yoder, U. of Louisville, Humanities 330-C, Louisville, KY 40292; Tel: (502) 852-0495; Fax: (502) 852-8885; E-mail: wcyode01@louisville.edu

The Eighteenth Century marked the establishment of a radical new world order defined, to a heretofore unprecedented degree, by money. Power and privilege, once linked almost exclusively to the land (and hence to a very limited few), became the purview of almost anyone who could pay the asking price. Through the collection of taxes, shrewd and calculated investments, and daring gambling, money could be acquired on a large scale with little actual physical effort involved. This accumulation of money in turn encouraged a life style that no longer found happiness with the simple satisfaction of its basic needs. As the line blurred between luxury and dissipation, a lack of morality became increasingly associated with the possession of wealth. Riches, however, could be ephemeral. The rapidity with which a fortune could be made was exceeded only by the speed with which it could be lost, leaving a society in chaos in its wake.

This seminar explores the connection between money, morality, and mayhem as reflected in the literature and art of the long eighteenth-century. The topic allows for a particularly diverse and open discussion, limited only by the choices of the presenters themselves in terms of scope, nationality, and genre. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.


“Anglomania” Heather McPherson, Dept. of Art and Art History, 113 Humanities, U. of Alabama at Birmingham, 900 13 th St. South, Birmingham, AL 35294; Tel: (205) 934-4942; Fax: (205) 996-6986; E-mail: hmcphers@uab.edu

This cross-disciplinary session will consider the phenomenon of Anglomania in the long eighteenth century. From fashion to taking tea to caricatures and printmaking, English art and culture had a profound influence on Europe especially in the final decades of the eighteenth century. This session seeks proposals dealing with any aspect of Anglomania in the visual arts, the performing arts, fashion, architecture, the decorative arts, the novel, Bardolatry, philosophy, etc. I am particularly interested in case studies that illuminate the complex ways that cultural influences are transmitted, transformed, and assimilated across national boundaries.



“Miracles, Wonder-Working Images, and Visual Culture” Jeffrey Schrader, Dept. of Visual Arts, U., of Colorado at Denver, CU Denver Building, Campus Box 177,  P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364; Fax: (303) 556-2335; E-mail: jeffrey.schrader@gmail.com (preferred method)  

The study of miraculous images of the Early Modern period has highlighted their transformation in the crucible of the Reformation and Counter Reformation. This genre of imagery was then the subject of intense attention, ranging from iconoclasm in some lands to renewed devotion in other societies. How did this legacy guide the fortunes of wonder-working paintings, statues, and prints in the eighteenth century? Themes of papers may include the presence of miraculous images in, for example, civic life, politics, statecraft, war, colonization, religious communities, historiography, theological polemics, or literary works.   


“ The Material Text in the Eighteenth Century” Giles Bergel, Dept. of English, 2607 South Hall, U. of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106; Tel: (805) 679-3812; E-mail: bergel@english.ucsb.edu

What were the forms and uses of the material text in the eighteenth century? How was the material text comprehended? This panel solicits papers on any aspect of the materiality of any kind of text in the eighteenth century – in print, manuscript or other medium – and welcomes reflections on the past and present conditions of that materiality, or on theories of the material-textual then and since.  


“Eighteenth-Century Child Stars” Mary Helen Dupree, Dept. of German and Slavic Studies, MS 32, Box 1892, Rice U., 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005-1892; Tel: (713) 348-4562; Fax: (713) 348-4863; E-mail: mhd1@rice.edu

From the English polymath Thomas Young to the young prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, child prodigies and underage performers loom large in our collective image of the eighteenth century. This interdisciplinary panel seeks to unpack the significance of such “child stars” in eighteenth-century European culture, not only in the fields of music and theater, but also in the arenas of literature, salon culture, pedagogy, philosophy and the visual arts. Submissions are therefore encouraged from scholars working in a wide range of disciplines and may address a variety of questions and topics, for example:

Nature vs. nurture: How does the reception of child prodigies and young performers collude with or disrupt eighteenth-century theories of education? Which child stars are used as rhetorical poster children for such theories, and why?

Children on stage: Are stage performances by child actors considered to be work, art, ‘nature,’ or something else altogether? What models of education and training are available to eighteenth-century child actors?

The family: What can the reception of stage families tell us about the changing image of the family and the private sphere in the eighteenth century? What is the role of the ‘stage parent’ as teacher, mentor and promoter?

Autobiography: How do former child stars reflect on their exceptional childhood experiences in works of autobiography and memoir? What image of the individual’s life trajectory emerges out of such texts?


“The Management of Women” Nicolle Jordan, Dept. of English, U. of Southern Mississippi, Box 5037, Hattiesburg, MS 39406; Tel: (601) 266-4817; Fax: (601) 266-5757; E-mail: Nicolle.Jordan@usm.edu

This panel invites discussions of management as an activity that enabled women to exert authority. In a culture that largely excluded them from political and economic power, women’s involvement in various forms of management (household, estate, business) calls for an assessment of the political and cultural impact of these activities. Recent investigations of account books, herbals, housewifery manuals, etc. have unearthed an array of activities through which women could acquire expertise and thereby a modicum of power even when their access to resources was limited. Literary representations as well as historical examples are suitable topics for papers.


“Reconsidering the Radicalism of the 1790s” Matthew J. Kinservik, Dept. of English, U. of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-2537; Tel: (302) 831-3657; Fax: (302) 831-1586; E-mail: matthewk@udel.edu

This panel is meant to investigate the nature of radicalism of the 1790s in terms of literary expression, theatrical practice, artistic expression, or political activity. Papers that critically examine the staple binaries of Jacobin/Anti-Jacobin and Burke/Paine are particularly welcome.


“Locating Maria Edgeworth” Jessica Leiman, Dept. of English, Carleton College, One North College St., Northfield, MN 55057; Tel: (507) 646-4326; E-mail: jleiman@carleton.edu

Maria Edgeworth’s literary career is one of unusual variety. Writing from 1795 to 1834, she participates in multiple literary periods, genres, and intellectual debates. This session invites papers on one (or more) of her various works. Panelists might consider how her writing raises questions of authority, race, religion, political philosophy, education, or nationalism. Alternately, we invite papers that explore how Edgeworth engages the issue of multiplicity (chronological, generic, or intellectual) either within or among her texts. Panelists might even consider to what extent Maria Edgeworth is an eighteenth-century author at all. Ideally, this panel hopes to present a model for how we might discuss authors who span different literary-historical periods, or whose unusual generic and intellectual diversity makes their work difficult to categorize.


“Intimacy and its Fictions in Eighteenth-Century France” Downing A. Thomas, International Programs, U. of Iowa, 1111 UCC, Iowa City, IA 52242; Tel: (319) 353-2700; Fax: (319) 335-0280; E-mail: downing-thomas@uiowa.edu

What defines intimacy in eighteenth-century France, a period often credited with initiating, canonizing, celebrating bourgeois domestic sentiment?  How are relationships between men and women, among family members, or among friends variously configured?  How do representations of intimacy configure diverse genres of written or visual texts that depict, create, invent such sentiments? Participants should consider what constitutes intimacy during the Enlightenment and to what extent such definitions have inaugurated and/or altered patterns of intimacy in representations of contemporary culture.


“Eliza Haywood and Print Culture” Laura Runge, Dept. of English/ CPR 107/ U. of South Florida / Tampa, FL 33620; Tel: (813) 974-9496; E-mail: runge@cas.usf.edu

Few figures of early eighteenth-century literary culture have benefited more from recent scholarly enterprises than Eliza Haywood (1693?-1756). The award-winning descriptive bibliography of her works by Patrick Spedding (2004) clears the way for a full appreciation of the range and significance of Haywood's publications. New information and critical writings on the biography of this long-lived artist have changed our perception of Pope's Dunciadic victim to a star of the dynamic London literary trade. Conversely, Haywood's prolific writing throughout the first half of the eighteenth-century provides much information for scholars of the unstable, emerging print culture of Britain. What do we make of this shifting picture now? Can we articulate Haywood's contribution to eighteenth-century literature anew? This session invites scholars to consider Haywood alongside printers, publishers, and booksellers as well as other authors at both the fashionable and Grub Street ends of the literary marketplace. It seeks to evaluate the author and her works in the light of recent biographical, bibliographical, and textual scholarship on Haywood and print culture. Abstracts for short papers of 12-15 minutes are requested.


“The Poetry of Sentiment” Tobias Menely, Willamette U., 900 State St., Salem, OR. 97301; Tel: (503) 370-6409; E-mail: tmenely@willamette.edu

In 1701, John Dennis characterized poetry as “pathetick” and “passionate” “speech.” Twenty-five years later, James Thomson described his poetic ambition to awaken “the moral sentiment” in his readers. Such statements notwithstanding, the place of poetry in the culture of sentiment—with its powerful fusion of moral and aesthetic philosophy, sensationist psychology, middle-class ideology, literary practice, and reformist politics—remains opaque, in part because the revisionist scholarship of the past two decades has tended to focus on the novel. This panel will feature papers that seek to invigorate our understanding of the intersection between sentiment and verse as something other than a best-forgotten interlude—an Age of Sensibility—between Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Papers will examine a sentimental poetics more rhetorical and didactic than expressive, more public than private, more oriented by pathos than sublimity. They will ask how ‘sentimentality’ helps us to understand both formal and social elements of eighteenth-century poetry, including its place in the history of aesthetics, the humanitarian reform movement, and the rise of the reading public.


"Colloquy with Laura Stevens on The Poor Indians" (Roundtable) Dennis Moore Dept. of English, Florida State U., Tallahassee 32306-1580; Tel: (850) 644-1177; Fax: (850) 644-081177, C/O FSU English Dept; E-mail: dmoore@english.fsu.edu

Rather than presenting papers, each participant in this interdisciplinary panel -- including Prof. Stevens of the University of Tulsa, author of The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility and editor of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature -- will make a four- or five-minute opening statement that lays out a specific issue or question related to the book. That round of brief opening statements frees up time for a lively, substantive discussion that engages members of the audience as well as panelists. In setting up and only occasionally chairing sessions along these lines, organizer has learned to work hard at avoiding two extremes: on the one hand, assembling a tableful of sycophants ready to drool on cue and/or on the author, and, on the other, assembling a lineup that would include someone intent on an academic ambush, trashing author and/or his or her methods, conclusions, and maybe parents. No fan club, then, and no food fights. Along these lines, organizer has assembled colloquies at ASECS conferences on Vin Carretta's Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man ( Atlanta, 2007), Joe Roach's Cities of the Dead (Montréal, '006), Sandra Gustafson’s Eloquence is Power ( L.A., 003), Srinivas Aravamudan’s Tropicopolitans ( New Orleans, ‘001), Beth Tobin’s Picturing Imperial Power: Colonial Subjects in Eighteenth-Century British Painting ( Philadelphia, ‘000), etc.


“Warmed and Surprised: the Pleasures of the Unexpected”   Peter A. Hoyt, School of Music, U. of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208; Tel: (803) 777-1607; Fax: (803) 777-6508; E-mail: phoyt@mozart.sc.edu

Although physiological writings of the eighteenth century held that sudden shocks could cause fevers, monstrous births, and even death, the confusion attending the unanticipated could also be linked to pleasure. Surprises, as Adam Smith asserted, "almost always occasion a momentary loss of reason, or of that attention to other things which our situation or our duty requires."  Such inattention, of course, could lead to a loss of innocence:  when Fanny Hill is first in London, she is "warmed and surprised" by Phoebe's caresses, the novelty of which render the then-naïve girl "all tame and passive."  The possibility of a fall from virtue, in turn, could make any representation—or experience—of surprise both provocative and perilous.

In recent years scholars have increasingly recognized the importance eighteenth-century readers, viewers, and listeners attached to the unexpected.  This session proposes to explore the position of surprise among contemporaneous pleasures, searching for the common ground between such topics as the plot contrivances of many novels, the depictions of deathbed scenes of Greuze, and the sudden contrasts in Haydn’s London works.  Presentations embodying interdisciplinary perspectives will be particularly encouraged.


    "‘The One Less Travelled By’: Teaching the Rover, Part II" Bonnie Nelson English, Kansas State U., Tel: (785) 532-3338; E-mail: Bonnie@ksu.edu

It has been 15 years since Heidi Hutner's landmark book "Re-reading Aphra Behn" was published. Due to Hutner's work and that of other Behn scholars, "The Rover, Part I" has become a staple not only of eighteenth-century specialty courses but also general drama courses and British literature surveys. But Part II of "The Rover" has not received as much critical assessment nor classroom attention. This panel will offer a variety of approaches(historical, critical, cultural, theoretical,or theatrical)for teaching this challenging work either by itself or in connection with the better-known Part I.  


“Tracing the Line of Shaftesbury in Eighteenth-Century Studies” William Levine, English Dept., P.O. Box 70, Middle Tennessee State U., Murfreesboro, TN, 37132; Tel: (615) 494-8846; Fax: (615) 898-5098; E-mail: wlevine@mtsu.edu

The panel will reconsider the place of Shaftesbury’s Characteristics, as well as its reception by later “moral sense” philosophers (Hutcheson, Hume, and Adam Smith), in recent critical discourse. Papers that re-examine Shaftesburyan

lines of thought in the long eighteenth-century and in current scholarship in order to discuss the convergence of moral and aesthetic sense, the regulation of public and private modes of feeling and imagination, and the relationship between the cultivation of manners or sensibility and the body politic are welcome, particularly if they explore the ramifications of the Characteristics in such disciplines as art, social, and political history; the history and theory of literary criticism and aesthetics; and political science and philosophy. Douglas Den Uyl, the most recent editor of the Characteristics, has agreed to speak in this proposed seminar.


“Newton and Newtonianism” Laura Miller, Dept. of English, 2607 South Hall, U. of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170; Tel: (818) 458-5732; Fax: (805) 893-4622; E-mail: lmiller@umail.ucsb.edu

Nature, and nature’s laws, lay hid in night; God said, “Let Newton be!” and all was light. (Alexander Pope, 1727)

Few intellectuals exemplify the ideals of Enlightenment as well as Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), whose work in optics and mechanics changed the way people regarded and understood the world. This panel seeks proposals that offer new critical approaches to Newton’s works and his role in eighteenth century studies. Proposals that engage works by authors and natural philosophers who were influenced by Newton’s ideas and research are also welcomed. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to: Newton’s role in print culture, The Principia, The Opticks, Newton’s unpublished works on alchemy and theology, the reflecting telescope, the calculus priority dispute with Leibniz, popularizations of Newtonian natural philosophy (Algarotti, Pemberton, The Boyle Lectures), Newton and poetry, and gender and Newtonianism. Proposals will be selected based on how well they complement one another and how much they address contemporary issues in eighteenth century studies and the history of science.


  Critiquing the Canon: Action and Reaction in the Long Eighteenth-Century” Clorinda Donato, CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach CA, 90840; Tel: (310) 386-2114; Fax: (310) 316-9220; E-mail: donato@csulb.edu

This panel seeks contributions that address the debate on the formation of literary canons in the long eighteenth century in any number of the better- and lesser-known debates that pit the esthetics and contents of one nation’s literary production against those of another. Prominent examples that come to mind include Bouhours’ critique of Italian prose in favor of the to French, or Mme De Staël’s post-revolution critique of France as incapable of understanding German Romanticism without guidance; lesser known, yet just as relevant, is Girolamo Tiraboschi’s extensive criticism of Spanish literature as degrading to Italian style, or the Abbé Morellet’s mockery of Chateaubriand, an indictment of the Romantic style by an enlightenment thinker. In all cases, these debates became contested cultural spaces where identity, prestige, and political favors were often at stake. Papers from a broad spectrum of national contexts are welcome.


“‘Religion Turn’? Reconsidering the Secular in French Literature and History” Tamara Griggs, Dept. of History, U. of Massachusetts, Boston/ 100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA; Tel: (617) 259-0118; E-mail: tamara.griggs@umb.edu

In recent years, literary scholars and historians have grown increasingly occupied with the place of religion in the cultural landscape of the eighteenth century. This development is particularly striking in the case of France, where laïcité has long held the status of official doctrine. Scholars on both sides of the Atlantic have written studies signaling what Thomas Kselman and others have called a “religious turn” in French historiography. This panel will address the role of religion in connection with the secularization thesis associated with the French Enlightenment and Revolution.


“The Eighteenth Century: New Ecocritical Perspectives” Brian Glover, Dept. of English, U. of Virginia, 219 Bryan Hall, P.O. Box 400121, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121; Tel: (434) 979-7033; E-mail: bdg5n@virginia.edu

In environmental discussions, the eighteenth century is often regretted as the start of technological, commercial, intellectual, and cultural patterns that have brought about our current problems. Yet eighteenth-century cultural artifacts can also offer us unique views on ways of life and thought that have been since been eclipsed by global industrial development. Through the literature and culture of the past, this panel aims to surprise us with new ways of imagining the relations between humans and the rest of the world.



“Innuendo” Jan Mieszkowski, Dept. of German, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland OR 97202; Tel: (503) 517 7343; Fax: (503) 788 6691; E-mail: mieszkow@reed.edu

This session will focus on innuendo in European Literature and the visual arts. Panelists are invited to consider the formal and thematic challenges of allusions, puns, and double entendres.


“A Day at Drury Lane” Diana Solomon, English Dept., Simon Fraser U., 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada; Tel: (604) 291-3121; Fax: (604)_291.5737, E-mail: dianska@earthlink.net

This panel seeks papers that examine individual theatrical events at Drury Lane, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Smock Alley, or any other Restoration and eighteenth-century English, Irish, Continental, or New World theatres and relate them to current discussions in theatre, performance, and/or cultural studies. Papers might focus on individual performances or performers, rehearsals, encores, performer rivalries, stage riots, star-making performances, management disputes, arrests, command performances, or other discrete events. What can we learn from such case studies?  

“Literature of Experiment” Dahlia Porter, Dept. of English, U.of Pennsylvania, Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; Tel: (215) 840-6785; Fax: (215) 573-2063; E-mail: dporter@english.upenn.edu

In 1798, Coleridge and Wordsworth famously claimed that the poems of Lyrical Ballads "are to be considered as experiments." This panel explores the conditions that made such a statement possible—specifically, how eighteenth-century cognitive and experimental science allowed authors to imagine literature as an empiricist project. Papers might examine how eighteenth-century science—from optics and chemical philosophy to anatomy and mechanical theories of sensation—inflected aesthetic discourse, instigated literary innovation, or shifted perceptions about how texts affect readers. Papers with a focus on how the rhetoric or practices of science underwrite the structural features of imaginative writing are particularly encouraged.

 

“Women, Novels and the Transatlantic, 1770-1812” Amy R. Moreno, English Dept, Franklin and Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003; Tel: (717) 602.5476; Fax: (717) 358.4554; E-mail: amoreno@fandm.edu

This panel invites proposals for papers that address the issues, intersections, and shared generic conventions of novels by women at late century, both in America and in Britain. How do women writers explode novelistic conventions?; how do they speak to each other, especially across transatlantic boundaries?; how do women’s novels at the close of the eighteenth century and at the beginning of the nineteenth century recycle old themes, retell similar stories, explore the “woman question”?; what political questions are being raised by women novelists of this period?; are texts by American women substantively different, generically similar, thematically opposed to British women’s texts?; how do American writers frame their discussions of liberty?; are the boundaries/categories of female subjectivity more or less established by earlier British women writers threatened, widened, or narrowed in later texts by American women? All these discussions and inquiries, and more, are invited.

 
 

“Sermons and Gender” Laura Stevens; E-mail: laura-stevens@utulsa.edu  

Papers are welcome addressing the treatment of gender in sermons or in texts dealing with preaching. Examples of potential topics include prescriptions of conduct for men and women, discussions of men’s and women’s roles in marriage, debates over female preaching, or theological interpretations that make distinctive use of masculine or feminine imagery.


“Bawdy Humor: Embodying the Grotesque in the Eighteenth-Century” Hope Saska, Brown U., PO Box 1855, Providence, RI 02906; Tel: (401) 226-7954; E-mail: Hope_Saska@brown.edu AND Cynthia Roman, The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University, 154 Main Street, Farmington, CT 06032; Tel: (860) 677-2140; Fax: (860) 677-6369; E-mail: cynthia.roman@yale.edu

This seminar invites papers from a variety of disciplines (history of art, literature, history of science/medicine and architectural studies) to consider the prominence of the grotesque body in eighteenth-century cultural productions, particularly in comedic works (i.e. satire and caricature). Originally used in the sixteenth-century to describe a form of decorative wall painting suitably located in grottoes - popular garden follies - the term grotesque evolved to incorporate a variety of meaning. This panel focuses on the grotesque as it relates to the physical body.  Presentations could consider such topics as the social and racial associations of the grotesque body, the grotesque body as a body of revolution, the grotesque body as the site of/height of fashion, the 'cure' and management of the grotesque body in medical practice, and the geography/architecture of the grotesque body.


“The Polymathic John Locke: New Views on his Philosophical, Political, Religious, Literary, and Educational Writings in the Long Eighteenth Century” Mark A. Pedreira, U. of Puerto Rico, Dept. of English, College of Humanities, P.O. Box 23356, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931; Tel: (787) 764-0000, ext. 3828; E-mail: mpedreira@prtc.net

The large scholarship on Locke has always recognized his polymathic abilities, both as reflected in the scope of his knowledge and in his varied approaches to communicating this knowledge. In this seminar, there will be three to four speakers who will give papers on any aspect of Locke's thought or on the reception of his ideas in the long eighteenth century. This seminar welcomes papers on all of Locke's writings, including his correspondence, journals, and commonplace books.

 

"Staging the Body" Christine Jones, U. of Utah; E-mail: cjones@hum.utah.edu

We invite papers on the subject of physical performance in the long 18th century. Topics might include but are not restricted to the way in which bodies are staged within plays, in private and public theaters, pornographic theater, dance, pantomime, acrobatics and/or other forms of performance that showcase the body of the performer/actor.


“The Fear of Fiction: Eighteenth-Century Ethical Concerns in the Twenty-First Century Literature Classroom” Olivera Jokic, Dept. of English Language and Literature, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; Tel: (734) 709-4900; E-mail: ojokic@umich.edu

This seminar seeks to focus on the problematic of teaching eighteenth-century prose as the precursor to present-day novels and life-writing. The panel will present three papers that will focus on teaching early fiction in the atmosphere of anxiety (fomented by the media and the publishing industry) about the similarities between contemporary fiction and self-declared non-fiction.

The growing fear that certain kinds of writing are failing their ethical obligation to resist “embellishment” as a means of attracting readers closely resembles the fears that plagued some eighteenth-century audiences. Despite the long and diverse historiographies of the novel as the genre that eclipsed the popularity of all other genres of writing, the fear of novel’s effects can again produce the injunction that a prose text declare its departures from “fact” and protect its readers from enchantment by “inauthentic experience.”

Engaging with the literature classroom as a space that assumes and transforms personal and group relationships to novels, the panelists will draw on the latest histories and theories of the novel to propose innovative classroom strategies that could mobilize the ethics of writing and reading as literature students’ political response to an ostensible crisis of texts’ plausibility and readers’ interpretive judgment.


“Eighteenth Feminist Thought” Pam Lieske, English, Kent State U., Trumbull Campus 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W. , Warren, OH 44483-8903 ; Tel: (330) 675-8903; Email: plieske@kent.edu

In a recent C-18-C online discussion centered on 18th-C feminism, contributors dutifully noted such authors as Mary Astell, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Mary Hays. This panel seeks to expand on this discussion by going beyond the mere identification of 18th-C feminist writers and their singular importance to examine the unique ways in which feminist thought grew and developed during the course of our century. Papers might address such topics as feminist thought and its relation to education, utopian societies, the role of motherhood, the desire for social and political autonomy, and critiques of wifely prudence and an idealized femininity of separate spheres.  Of particular interest are papers which focus on connections between two or more writers' (female or male) treatment of subjects and ideas germaine to feminist thought. 


“Walking London: Reassessing John Gay’s Trivia James Mulholland, Dept. of English, Wheaton College, 26 East Main St., Norton, MA 02766, Tel: (508) 286-3609; E-mail: mulholland_james@wheatoncollege.edu

John Gay’s Trivia has received an increasing amount of attention in the past few years. This attention is capped by Walking the Streets of London: John Gay’s Trivia ( Oxford, 2007), edited by Clare Brant and Susan Whyman. This collection presents the first modern version of the poem in forty years while also including essays that analyze Trivia from different critical directions. This resurgence of interest in Trivia results no doubt from the richness of the poem itself. Offering an assessment of everything about eighteenth-century London, ranging from what to wear when it rains to how to avoid interacting prostitutes at night, Gay’s poem reflects the variety and diversity of city life at a moment when London itself was beginning to transform into a modern (even international) metropolis. The poem works within a number of different traditions—pastoral, georgic, satire—to represent these changes. In this way, Trivia is both characteristic of eighteenth-century poetry and an idiosyncratic representation of one of its most central topics, London.

This panel solicits multidisciplinary approaches in an attempt to understand the many contexts of Gay’s Trivia. It is, then, an experiment in how multiple discourses and disciplinary approaches produce different readings of the same text. My desire is that the panel participants examine Trivia from numerous angles as a way to reveal the socio-historical assumptions and formal innovations of the poem. The panel, therefore, extends the logic behind the new modern edition of Trivia—by examining the poem as a literary representation, as sociological knowledge, and historical reality (among the many possible approaches) I hope we will gain new perspectives on the poem and London, the subject that it treats. These different angels and perspectives will triangulate this topic while also testing new ways of combining literary criticism with historical studies of the city, representations of London in the visual arts and in music, or sociological studies of the early eighteenth-century city and its populace. Thus, scholars will be asked to remain self-aware of their methods of analyzing the poem while also using Trivia as an entryway to other issues of the eighteenth-century city life.

As this description suggests, the goal of this panel is twofold: first, to offer a forum to reconsider Gay’s poem at a moment when it is receiving renewed attention; second, to combine this examination with a self-conscious methodological assessment of the numerous directions from which a single literary topic, and the object that it claims to represent (in this case, the city), could be approached. The panel will be organized into a series of three speakers, each of whom will be allotted fifteen minutes to present their remarks. There will also be a respondent, who will also speak for fifteen minutes. Papers will be pre-circulated among the participants. The remaining thirty minutes will be allowed for questions and discussion. I will emphasize the importance of the question and answer session because the audience response to this experimental panel will be an important indicator of its success. The panel, therefore, will allow the speakers and the public ample time to interact and respond to one another.

I expect the audience for this session will be diverse. Since the panel will foreground many recent innovative approaches to literary study, it will appeal to a wide section of the ASECS membership. The panel might consider some of the following questions: What does it mean to read a poem as a literary critic, or a historian, an art historian? Can we use poems as evidence of early modern ways of life? Does it still make sense to analyze poems as indicators of these ways of life?


“The Languages of Literature” Jack Lynch (on behalf of Rebecca Shapiro, the likely panel chair), 11 Lumar Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648; Tel: (609) 882-4642; Fax: (973) 353-1450; E-mail: jlynch@andromeda.rutgers.edu

Linguists and literary scholars both work in the medium of the language, but only rarely do they speak to one another. But the eighteenth century was an age of revolutionary new theories about language, whether in Britain, in North America, or on the Continent. Major figures like Condillac, Diderot, Rousseau, Lessing, Leibniz, Herder, Locke, Johnson, and Horne Tooke formulated theories about the complicated relations between words, ideas, and things; about problems of representation; about language acquisition; about prescriptive and descriptive lexicography and grammar; and so on. And many of these linguistic theories have found expression in works of eighteenth-century literature. This session will invite scholars working at the intersection of linguistics and literature to present their research on how the two disciplines can inform one another.


“Old-Fashioned Archives in a High-Tech Age: A Roundtable on Research Methods” Jack Lynch, 11 Lumar Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648; Tel: (609) 882-4642; Fax: (973) 353-1450; E-mail: jlynch@andromeda.rutgers.edu

In the age of the Internet, we’ve all necessarily become experts in finding information on the Web, in on-line library catalogues, in ESTC, in ECCO and EEBO, and so on. But while printed books are now very well catalogued, other materials—manuscripts, legal and church records, periodical articles, musical scores, broadsheets—are often completely unindexed, or at best have been given only perfunctory attention. Graduate programs rarely offer students any practical advice on how to find these materials, forcing researchers to exercise considerable ingenuity in navigating the archives. This session will invite scholars in several disciplines to share strategies, techniques, tips, and anecdotes that have helped them find items the electronic revolution has largely passed over.


“The Eighteenth-Century in Fiction and Film” Susan Carlile, California State U., Long Beach; English; 1250 Bellflower Blvd. ; Long Beach, CA, 90840; Tel: (562) 433-5130; Fax: (562) 985-2369; E-mail: scarlile@csulb.edu

This proposal seeks papers that address depictions of the eighteenth century in popular culture. A wide variety of work has begun on aspects of our century in media and historical fiction. This panel would expand this discussion with arguments that theorize and reflect on what popular culture imagines for the eighteenth century.


“Popular Fiction After Richardson” Bonnie Latimer, The School of English, 10 Cavendish Road, U. of Leeds, West Yorks, LS2 9JT, UK; Tel: +44 113 343 8224 (or +44 113 343 4739); Fax: +44 113 343 4774; Email (preferred): b.latimer@leeds.ac.uk

Eighteenth-century literary scholarship is increasingly exploring the idea of popular literature. Electronic databases such as Eighteenth-Century Collections Online have made available to researchers a vastly augmented range of popular novels, plays, poetry, and pamphlets. Equally, more traditional publishers such as Pickering & Chatto have released full scholarly editions of once-despised writers such as Eliza Haywood and Charlotte Smith. In addition to resurrecting particular authors, scholars have also become interested in types of narrative, with major presses bringing out collections of prostitute narratives, minor gothic works, erotica and bawdy tales, and Newgate novels (to name a few). Much of this exciting emergent scholarship problematizes and revisions the canon, asking how the “popular” intersects with and impacts upon the “literary” – and to what extent these two categories are even separable from one another.

This panel will consider anew the impact upon popular literature of Samuel Richardson, whose work arguably did more than any other to direct the course of the eighteenth-century novel. It will attempt to map how Richardson and the debates surrounding his work changed the landscape of popular narrative – novelistic, dramatic, visual, or otherwise. Papers might explore how Richardson’s vision of ideas of fiction, masculinity, virtue, epistolarity, sentiment, or reading were subject to co-option, parody, rewriting, cannibalization, or rejection by later writers. Equally, panellists might reconsider how Richardson’s textual or printing practices impacted upon the production of the novel. In so doing, this panel will scrutinize the idea of eighteenth-century “popular fiction,” asking how this discursive marketplace registered the “literary” and helped to determine what we now regard as canonical.


“The Law of Large Numbers” Scott J. Juengel, Dept. of English, 201 Morrill Hall, Michigan State U., East Lansing, MI 48824; Tel: (517) 351-3561 (home—on sabbatical 2007-8); E-mail: juengel@msu.edu

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries could be said to mark the age when the modern political imagination began to account for mass life and mass death. Faltering somewhere between a messy aggregation of often humble bodies and an abstract principle disguised as the force of collective will, recent attempts to think “the people” have returned us to the law of large numbers (population science, modern political economy, “the grammar of the multitude,” catastrophe, “actuarial historicism,” the mathematical sublime, etc.). With these issues in mind, this seminar seeks papers quickened by the pulse of the many. All approaches and disciplines welcome.


“Making Knowledge: Orality, Aurality, and Eighteenth-Century Media Ecology” Bonnie Gunzenhauser, Dept. of Literature and Languages, Roosevelt U., 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605; Tel: (312) 341-2074; Fax: (312) 341-2156; E-mail: bgunzenhauser@roosevelt.edu

One standard narrative of eighteenth-century studies focuses on the rise of a reading public and the concomitant growth of print culture. This narrative has generated much excellent scholarship, but its emphasis on the shaping influences of literacy and print have obscured the fact that orality and aurality remained important means of knowledge transmission during the eighteenth century. This panel will draw on recent theories of media ecology to present a fuller picture of knowledge acquisition in the eighteenth century. From the coffeehouse to the Bluestocking circle to public lectures at the Royal Academies, eighteenth-century culture presented many opportunities to present knowledge orally, and to learn aurally. Papers will explore the century’s media ecology by investigating its non-print mechanisms for knowledge transfer, the shifting relation(s) between orality and literacy, and the class and gender implications that non-print modes had for expanding access to the century’s aesthetic, scientific, philosophical, and political ideas.


“Wild Minds: Mental Restlessness in Eighteenth-Century Literature” Natalie Phillips, English Dept., Stanford U., Margaret Jacks Hall, Bldg. 460, Stanford, CA 94305-2087; Tel: (650) 722-1264; Fax: (650) 725-0755; E-mail: nmp@stanford.edu

If it had not been for…that madcap of a postilion,…the thought had never entered my head. He flew like lightening—there was a slope of three miles and a half—we scarce touched the ground—the motion was most rapid—most impetuous—‘twas communicated to my brain. --Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

Some minds move too quickly, Thomas Hobbes writes in his Leviathan (1648). Though for Hobbes, this flexibility is at the core of natural wit, it must consist of two things: 1) “the swift succession of one thought to another” and 2) “ steady direction to some approved end.” Without the former, one is dull. Without the latter, Hobbes writes, one is lost to a “kind of madness.” He claims that swift minds without direction risk being “snatched from their purpose by everything that comes in their thought, into so many and so long digressions and parentheses that they utterly lose themselves.” Almost a century later, however, David Hume claims rapid-moving thoughts as an essential part of human nature. In Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature (1739), men are “nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions, which succeed each other with an inconceivable rapidity; and are in a perpetual flux and movement.” What, then, does it mean to think “too fast” in the eighteenth century? How does the Enlightenment address the impetuous movement of hasty minds?

Leo Damrosch recently described Jean-Jacques Rousseau as a “Restless Genius” (2005). Analyzing cognitive concepts from Robinson Crusoe’s “rambling Thoughts” to Rasselas’ “restless and uneasy” mind, this session proposes to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to analyze representations of mental restlessness in the long eighteenth century. The seminar will feature three or four interdisciplinary papers discussing any of the following questions: How do philosophical, scientific, and literary texts of the eighteenth-century explain and describe mental restlessness? What formal techniques, or tropes, do they use to depict the rapid speed, or pace, of a character’s thoughts? How do historical discussions of wit, imagination, and madness influence the presentation of the quick-wandering mind? Papers could discuss topics ranging from Jean de Crevecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer to Sterne’s Tristram Shandy; from the history of the picaresque to the history of mania.


“Editing Sir Charles Grandison” Melvyn New, Dept. of English, Box 117310, U. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; Tel: (352) 378-6453; Fax: (352) 392-0860; E-mail: mnew@english.ufl.edu

Cambridge University Press has embarked on a major edition of the Works of Samuel Richardson. Included, of course, will be a 3 volume edition of his final novel, Sir Charles Grandison. I am one of 3 co-editors of the edition, along with Elizabeth Kraft and E. Derek Taylor. We would like to use the session to discuss editing principles in general, and specific applications to Richardson. Tom Keymer and Peter Sabor are the general editors of the project and they might be interested in participating, along with Jocelyn Harris, who edited Grandison for Oxford some 40 years ago. And since Grandison has attracted more attention in the past decade than in the thirty years before, I think we would attract others who will want to participate or certainly attend the session.


“Teaching ‘Class’ in the Eighteenth-Century Studies Classroom” (Roundtable) Shawn Lisa Maurer, 9 Bishop Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; Tel: (617) 983-1869; Fax: (617) 524-2883; E-mail: smaurer@holycross.edu

As those of us who teach in the United States are often all too aware, “class” and concomitant ideologies remain the great unspoken inequity in American society, obscured by a continued belief in hard work, meritocracy, and the “American Dream.” By exposing the formation of many of the class structures that still adhere today, eighteenth-century studies, through its very distance, can offer, paradoxically, an understanding of what is hidden in our own world. In this roundtable, panelists will present their experiences of, and pedagogical strategies for, reflecting on contemporary class issues through the study of eighteenth-century literature and culture. Which texts, approaches, assignments, have been especially productive in the classroom?


“Monarchs Made and Unmade” Julie Anne Plax, School of Art P O Box 210002, U. of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721-0002; Tel: (520) 626-4864; Fax: (520) 621-2955; E-mail: jplax@email.arizona.edu

This session will examine the various ways in which monarchies are constructed, or conversely, deconstructed. The session proposes to be interdisciplinary, including print and visual culture, performance and ritual.


“Aesthetics after Locke” Christopher Fanning, 151 Browning Ave, Toronto, ON, M4K 1W6; Tel: (416) 461-2862; E-mail: CHRISTOPHER.FANNING@QUEENSU.CA

This panel seeks papers on any aspect of aesthetic thought in eighteenth-century Britain, with an emphasis on the empiricist tradition.


“Projections of Duration” Timothy Campbell, Dept. of English, 442 Ballantine Hall, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave, Indiana U., Bloomington, IN 47401; Tel: (832) 687-2787; E-mail: ticampbe@indiana.edu

Describing the essential connection of the “perception of duration” to the “succession of ideas” in the mind, Locke emphasizes the cessation of this perception, “which every one clearly experiments in himself, whilst he sleeps soundly, whether an hour or a day, a month or a year.” Here Locke unwittingly universalizes the experience of improbably extended slumber in a way that anticipates the reader at the end of the long eighteenth century, who is saturated with figures like Sleeping Beauty, Rip Van Winkle, and the fabled Seven Sleepers (to whom Gibbon, Godwin, and Walter Scott each return). Broadly taking its cue from these texts, this session seeks papers that engage an eighteenth-century desire to project and reconstitute duration where direct perceptions are absent.

All approaches are welcome, but papers might address any of the following questions: What particular textures of duration do eighteenth-century texts seek to reconstitute for readers? What sorts of ideas do texts expect will impress duration most powerfully? What are the gradations of duration consciousness? How and when do stories of objects moving in time—such as it-narrators or artifacts—complicate Locke’s subjectivized account? How do technologies for measuring or registering passing time (including new projects of chronology like Priestley’s Chart of Biography) reconfigure the textual science of duration? And how does subjective perception of duration bear upon an emergent sense of historical eventfulness?


“Bubbles, Crashes, and Other Financial Crises in Art and Literature” Catherine Labio, Depts. of Comparative Literature and French, Yale U., PO Box 208251, New Haven, CT 06520-8251; Tel: (203) 432-0790; Fax: (203) 432-7975; E-mail: catherine.labio@yale.edu

Visual and verbal representations, realistic as well as allegorical, of the financial crises that shaped European cultural and economic history in the long eighteenth century. Papers that focus on under-studied geographical areas, as well as papers written from an interdisciplinary and/or comparative perspective are particularly welcome.


“Women and Nature: Labs, Land Reform and Labor” Emily Kugler, 4445 Fanuel St., Apt. 7, San Diego, CA 92109; Tel: (858) 397-3355; E-mail: EMNKugler@gmail.com

The panel would focus on the intervention of women writers, laborers, and scientists in eighteenth-century interactions with nature. This may include but is not limited to women’s involvement in political activism surrounding land reform; women participating in scientific experiments, discussions and societies; as well as women who physically worked the land as agricultural laborers.


“Breaking and Remaking: Poetry of the 1780s” Claudia Thomas Kairoff, Wake Forest U., Tel: (336) 758-5375; Fax: (336) 758-7193; E-mail: kairofct@wfu.edu

This session grows from a session I organized for the Atlanta ASECS meeting, on how to define the poetry of the 1780s. According to our papers and discussion, efforts to transform genres and techniques popular for many previous decades characterized much of the decade’s poetry. I would like to organize a session of three or four papers followed by more discussion to see whether the idea that poetry of the 1780s essentially “broke and remade” previous poetic themes and structures is supported by further study and writing on the topic.


“Context, Discourse, and Theory: Evidence and Explanation” Timothy Erwin, Dept. of English, U. of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5011; Tel: (702) 837-5346; Fax: (702) 895-4801; E-mail: timothy.erwin@unlv.edu

Students of the Enlightenment enjoy a wide array of explanatory and evidential approaches, from the close reading of historical contextualization to the soft Foucauldianism of discourse analysis to the distant speculations of theory. What are the unique interpretive promises of these methods? How do they differ from one another across the disciplines? How might they intersect and reinforce one another? Ideally, papers will include a brief appreciation of an exemplary practitioner of one or another approach (or even better, of the successful negotiation of more than one) for the sake of illustration.


“Teaching Equiano” Marion Rust, U. of Kentucky, Dept. of English, 1215 Patterson Office Tower, Lexington, KY 40506-0027; Tel: (434) 296-6076; Fax: (434) 924-1478; E-mail: mlrust2@uky.edu

In the wake of Vincent Carretta’s Recent Biography, Equiano, the African, debate over Olaudah Equiano and his interesting narrative has intensified both within and outside academic circles. How do the new questions raised by this debate influence the way we teach the seminal eighteenth-century text?


“Reading the Bible in the Eighteenth Century” Mira Morgenstern, 278 Brook Ave., Passaic Park, NJ 07055; Tel: (973) 517-1846; Fax: (973) 473-5288; E-mail: MiraMorgenstern@aol.com; or mmorgenstern@ccny.cuny.edu

In an age of revolutionary thought, reading and writing of texts takes center stage; these include works of startling originality and also innovative readings of texts traditionally considered inadmissible of change. What does reading the Bible mean amidst the modern turbulences of the eighteenth century? Are there specific readings that contain particularly radical implications? This panel welcomes analyses of different Biblical texts as they were read in the eighteenth century, emphasizing their various national, political and disciplinary provenances; this panel is especially interested in attempts to analyze theoretically the political, philosophical, and literary imports of modern readings of Biblical texts in the eighteenth century.


“Fragmenting the Eighteenth-Century Body” Jennifer G. Germann, 1908 NE Naomi Place Seattle, Washington 98115; Tel: (206) 528-2989; E-mail: jgermann2002@yahoo.com (Jointly with William Clark, Queens College, City U. of New York, 19 Edgehill Rd., New Haven, CT 06511; Tel (203-773-1354; E-mail: wwclark@comcast.net

Images of the fragmented body abound in the long-eighteenth century. A short list might include Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr.Tulp (1632) (or his Flayed Ox of 1655), William Hunter’s view of a dissected female torso with a fetus in utero (1774), the image of Louis XVI’s head raised in the hand of his executioner (1793), William Blake’s illustrations for John Stedman’s Narrative, of a five years’ expedition against the revolted negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the wild coast of South America , published in 1806 , and the bodies in pieces left on the raft of Theodore Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa (1818). How were these bodies in fragments understood and interpreted? Did these partial views affect the vision of the whole being, understood either in terms of identity or the physical, material existence of the self? That these issues also emerge today in contemporary American culture – for example, in the partial bits of bodies examined in the CSI television series or in the photography of Cindy Sherman – suggest a parallel set of concerns. This panel invites papers that consider the fragmented body from a global perspective. It will consist of three papers followed by a lively discussion of the meanings of the body, its parts, its potential for dismemberment, and its (impossible?) reintegration (à la Mary Shelley’s monstrous form of Frankenstein). What meanings did eighteenth-century viewers attach to fragmented bodies? What does the frequent representation of the (often) violent fragmentation of the body reveal about this period? Is there a particular eighteenth-century approach to the body in pieces that characterizes this era? Can we track changes over the course of this period?


“Spectatorship, Value, and Identity in Eighteenth-Century Texts” Corrinne Harol, U. of Alberta, Dept. of English and Film Studies, Tel: (780) 492-7810; Email: charol@ualberta.ca

Eighteenth-Century novels and other texts illustrate the period’s preoccupation with what Peter de Bolla has called “spectatorial comportment,” whereby persons perform their identities publicly in order to secure and confirm their sense of themselves and their place among others, their social value. Even moral sensibility (or virtue) becomes a function of visual perception. This panel will investigate the logic and social effects of spectatorship in literature and other materials.


“Subjects Without Subjectivity” Rajani Sudan; E-mail: rsudan@mail.smu.edu

What does it mean to be human? Recent academic interest in object narratives and the stories that objects can tell us has produced material histories that often challenge the conventional assumptions about the mastery of epistemology. Such accounts have even caused a reconsideration of how objects and humans define each other. Eighteenth-century Europe, however, was deeply embroiled in questioning assumptions about subjects and subjectivity. The increasing interest in taxonomies of natural history, produced, in part, by an increasing awareness of other worlds, the debates over the Great Chain of Being, over European reason against the reason of others (later part of the calculus of the subaltern), over thinking matter—what part of us is endowed with the capacity to think—all of these discourses contributed to complicating the intuitive connection between subject and subjectivity. If such a separation were possible, then “subjectivity” was not necessarily a property unique to humans; and if that were the case, then what other kinds of things could have subjectivity? In fact, it seems as if things/objects and other non-human beings mattered a great deal more than was traditionally understood. This panel seeks papers that participate in uncoupling the subject from subjectivity, and in so doing, that address the uneasy and shifting boundaries between humans, subjectivity, and other living and/or material entities.


“Empathy and the Narrative Techniques of Eighteenth-Century Prose Fiction” David Israelsky, 224 11 th Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648; Tel: (714) 969-0428; Fax: (714) 241-1551; E-mail: Izzyhb@socal.rr.com

Reflecting the Lockean premise of equality, Thomas Jefferson in, The Declaration of Independence, writes: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” In her book, Inventing Human Rights, Lynn Hunt argues that Jefferson’s claim of the “self evidence” of human rights can be traced, in part, to the feelings of empathy that were generated by eighteenth-century prose fiction, such as Richardson’s Pamela and Clarissa, and Rousseau’s Julie.

But, why in the eighteenth-century did writers portray their protagonists in a way that created the feeling of empathy toward their fellow man? Can it be traced solely to the sermons of the latitudinarian divines, or are there other possible causes, such as legitimizing such a new art form as the novel? Since eighteenth-century fiction did not disclose the inner thoughts of the protagonists, as we are accustomed to seeing in twentieth-century novels, how were the writers/narrators able to generate such strong empathetic reactions among their readers?

Papers about the origins of the movement toward empathy, or the writer’s methodology in creating the feeling of empathy are invited.


“Founding a British ‘School’ of Art in the Eighteenth Century” John Riely, Boston U., 12 Roosevelt Rd., Newton Centre, MA 02459; Tel: (617) 916-5399; Fax: (617) 916-5399; E-mail: jriely@post.harvard.edu

It was not until the eighteenth century that Britain, unlike other European countries, established its own national “school” of art. This seminar invites new research or perspectives relating to that development: early art academies and exhibitions, royal and other patronage, the role of individual artists and their place in British society, and other influences.


“Whig Sociability and its Discontents” David Alvarez, 615 East Seminary St., Apt #6, Greencastle, IN 46135; Tel: (510) 282-2733; E-mail: davidalvarez@depauw.edu

To what extent has our understanding of post-Restoration English sociability and the public sphere been determined and delimited by Whig discourses, rhetoric, and representations of sociability? This panel invites papers that examine the rhetorical construction of polite sociability, its political and ideological aims, and its contestation by such writers as Mary Astell, Bernard Mandeville, Delarivier Manley, Ned Ward, and others. What discourses does sociability respond to and attempt to restrict? What discourses does it build upon and incorporate or modify? And to what end? And how might a consideration of Whig sociability and its discontents allow for a broader, more robust sense of the public sphere? Papers that consider any aspect of the construction of Whig sociability are welcome.