The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


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English Department
SUNY Buffalo State College
Ketchum Hall 327A
Buffalo, NY 14222


Phone: 716-878-3405

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Recent Books and Special Publications by ASECS Members:

Rousseau on stage: playwright, musician, spectator, Ed. Maria Gullstam and Michael O’Dea

Following his opposition to the establishment of a theatre in Geneva, Jean-Jacques Rousseau is often considered an enemy of the stage. Yet he was fascinated by drama: he was a keen theatre-goer, his earliest writings were operas and comedies, his admiration for Italian lyric theatre ran through his career, he wrote one of the most successful operas of the day, Le Devin du village, and with his Pygmalion, he invented a new theatrical genre, the Scène lyrique (‘melodrama’). Through multi-faceted analyses of Rousseau’s theatrical and musical works, authors re-evaluate his practical and theoretical involvement with and influence on the dramatic arts, as well as his presence in modern theatre histories.

List of illustrations

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: a theatre and music chronology

Maria Gullstam and Michael O’Dea, Introduction: ‘La vérité est que Racine me charme’

Part I. Rousseau as theorist of theatre and opera

1. The anthropological foresight of the Lettre sur les spectacles, Felicity Baker

2. The dramaturgy of Rousseau's Lettre à d’Alembert and its importance for modern theatre, Patrick Primavesi

3. The voice of nature in Rousseau’s theatre: reconstructing a dramaturgy, Jørgen Langdalen

4. Rousseau’s Pygmalion and the limits of (operatic) expression, Jacqueline Waeber

Part II. Rousseau as playwright

5. Pygmalion’s power struggles: Rousseau, Rameau and Galathée, Maria Gullstam

6. Rousseau and his early comedies: the concept of the comic, Marie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval

7. Rousseau’s Pygmalion and the theatre of autobiography, David Marshall

Part III. Rousseau’s operatic and theatrical posterity

8. The melodic language of Le Devin du village and the evolution of opéra-comique, David Charlton

9. Rousseau’s ghost: Le Devin du village at the Paris Opera, 1770-1779, Michael O’Dea

10. A theatrophobic dramatist: J.-J. Rousseau’s position in theatre historiography and on today’s stage, Willmar Sauter

11. The judgement of Rousseau: Paride ed Elena by Gluck and Calzabigi (Vienna, 1770), Magnus Tessing Schneider




September 2017, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment

ISBN 978-0-7294-1199-8, xxx+310 pages, 40 ills

Questioning Nature: British Women's Scientific Writing and Literary Originality, 1750-1830, by Melissa Bailes (U of Virginia P, May 2017).

The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791, by Geremy Carnes (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2017).

Minds in Motion: Imagining Empiricism in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Literature, by Anne M. Thell (“Transits,” Bucknell University Press, Sept. 2017).






2018-19 Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are invited to apply for the 2018-19 Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship, a year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope, and coming from any field or disciplinary background, is eligible. AAS collections focus on all aspects of American history, literature, and culture from contact through 1876, and provide rich source material for projects across the spectrum of early American studies. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The twelve-month stipend for this fellowship is $35,000; the fellowship also includes reimbursement of up to $4,000 to cover health insurance costs. The Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow will be selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the appropriateness of the project to the Society's collections and interests, and, above all, the likelihood that the revised dissertation will make a highly significant book.

Further information about the fellowship, along with a link to the online application form, is available on the AAS website, at Any questions about the fellowship may be directed to Cheryl McRell, Administrator of the Fellowship Program at AAS, at

The deadline for applications for a Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship to be held during the 2018-2019 academic year is October 15, 2017.

Call for Papers and Upcoming Meetings:



CFP for Panel on Edgeworth at ECSSS, Glasgow, 2018

“Maria Edgeworth and Scottish Enlightenment Networks”

Maria Edgeworth’s involvement with Scottish Enlightenment thinking has long been recognized, but much yet remains to be discovered about the extent, complexity and implications of her engagement with the ideas of Adam Smith, David Hume, William Hunter, Hugh Blair, Dugald Stewart and other philosophers, scientists and writers from that era. For a panel on “Maria Edgeworth and Scottish Enlightenment Networks” to be proposed for the 2018 conference of the ECSSS, papers are invited on any strands of Scottish Enlightenment thinking woven into Edgeworth’s works, life and reputation.

While papers might consider the place of Scottish Enlightenment concepts in Edgeworth’s writing, they might also consider Edgeworth’s place in conceptualizations of the Scottish, Irish or other Enlightenments and how association with Enlightenment has affected her reception—or should affect it in the future. Also welcome are papers that consider how Scottish Enlightenment networks enmesh the activities of Richard Lovell Edgeworth and the administration of Edgeworthstown.

Please send abstracts of 300 words, along with a one-page cv, by 10 October 2017 to Regina Hewitt (U of South Florida) or

ECSSS (the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society) will meet at the University of Glasgow from 17 to 21 July 2018. The conference theme is “Networks of Enlightenment.” More information can be found at Please note that the deadline for abstracts for the proposed Edgeworth panel is earlier than the deadline in the main cfp for the conference in order to allow time for the panel to be composed by that final submission deadline and for extra abstracts to be forwarded to the organizers and considered for other sessions.

CFP: 2018 ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars, Silence in eighteenth-century arts, history and philosophy, Università della Tuscia, Viterbo, 10–14 September 2018

Proposals due by 30 January 2018

The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) is pleased to announce the 2018 International Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars. Colleagues from all fields of eighteenth-century studies are invited to submit abstracts for this one-week event. Formerly called the East-West Seminar, the International Seminar for Early Career Eighteenth-Century Scholars brings together young researchers from a number of countries each year. The 2018 meeting will take place in Viterbo, Italy and will be organized by Prof. Francesca Saggini and the Dipartimento di studi linguistico-letterari, storico-filosofici e giuridici – DISTU.

The seminar will be held from Monday, September 10 to Friday, September 14, 2018 in Viterbo, under the direction of Francesca Saggini (English Literature, Tuscia), with Antonella Del Prete (History of Philosohy, Tuscia), Paolo Procaccioli (Italian Literature, Tuscia), Saverio Ricci (History of Philosophy and Intellectual History, Tuscia), Gino Roncaglia (Digital Humanities, Tuscia). The seminar’s focus on praxis will give early career scholars the opportunity to work closely with these specialists, individually or in small groups, during workshops devoted to theoretical issues, bibliographic research and research methodologies. More specific training opportunities will include know-how sessions and discussions on professionalisation (getting published, the activities and publications most valued by employers in the education sector, the peer-review system), digital methods, editorial skills. The seminar will also be an opportunity to engage with international scholars who will present their research in areas cognate to the Seminar Aims and Themes: Prof. Rosamaria Loretelli (Emerita, Napoli Federico II/Vice-President ISECS), Prof. Peter Sabor (McGill University, Montréal), and Dr. Anne Toner (Trinity College, University of Cambridge). The 2018 ISECS International Seminar for Early Career Scholars will engage discussions on the forms, representations and modalities of silence in the eighteenth century.

Silence, of individuals and cultures, of the physical voice or of the written word and information deleted from the page, has historically taken many forms. It may be reticent, dissembling or imposed by others. Voluntary or coerced, it might be the silence of women, of marginal social and religious groups, of communities that are denied the right to speak. There are other silences as well: the interruption of sound in a musical pause and the silence of religious practices, which speak to, and of, the inner life. All these forms of silence were present in the eighteenth century, as they had been throughout history, but perhaps for the first time, some of them were singled out for special scrutiny. Works on aesthetics, for example, investigated the use of silence and the implicit in rhetorical writing, or dwelled on reverie, and how it might be induced in the reader. In rhetoric, attention was paid to discursive figures and strategies capable of making silence more eloquent than the word. Conduct books devoted many pages to the art of conversation, emphasising the essential role of silence to ensure the correctness of social interactions, especially for women, but also for politicians. Censorship – whether institutional or self-imposed – also produces silences, as do the more or less conscious failures of memory found in life writing and in historical discourse: one need only think of the revisions required to write the history of colonialism, wars or slavery. Eighteenth-century historiography attempted to remove some of the silences it found in history, often filling in the lacunae through conjecture. Silence is also represented in the visual arts and, signally, in the novel, which devised new narrative techniques for the purpose, whether to evoke the silences in characters’ conversations, and the contexts and landscapes in which silence reigns (a hallmark of the picturesque, for example), or to leave the reader in suspense by strategically withholding information. And then there is the theatre, where after the triumph of pantomime and the illegitimate spectacles that deployed a hybridized combination of body, speech, stage machinery and lighting effects, the century comes to a close with the rise of melodrama, which replaced the spoken word with music and revolutionised the notion of acting as the art of speech, while giving new prominence to silent characters and heroes. Finally, there is the silence that becomes firmly and widely established in the eighteenth century through the practice of reading narrative texts for oneself, replacing the social activity of reading aloud for a group of listeners with a solitary, interiorized experience. On these and other silences, on silence in all its forms and meanings in the eighteenth century, the seminar calls for contributions. The theme of the conference, “Silence in eighteenth-century arts, history and philosophy,” must thus be understood in the broadest terms possible to include:

- anonymity

- silence, reflection, meditation

- social silence, silence and social interaction

- negation: denials, disclaimers, disavowals

- silence and secrets

- censorship and self-censorship

- ellipses, omissions, blank pages, hyphens, asterisks

– the typographical and linguistic modes of silence

- ghost chapters (deleted, lost, rewritten)

- silenced characters, characters that disappear

- quiet spaces: the loci of silence

- reading and silence

- silence as resistance and rebellion

- scripting silence and muteness

- the performativity of silence

- silence and the canon

- silence and history

- silence in relation to cultural memory studies

- silence and/as remembrance

A detailed description of this theme (English, French, Italian), with a list of abstracts will be available online.{dedicated page to be made accessible in Distu’s homepage} The seminar is limited to 15 participants. The proposals (approx. 3 pages, double-spaced, max 1,000 words) should be based on an original research project (e.g. a doctoral dissertation) which addresses one of the aspects mentioned above. Because this is a seminar rather than a conference, each participant will be given approximately one hour to present the texts and questions that will then form the basis of a group discussion led in turn by one of the participants. Preference will be given to scholars who are at the beginning of their academic career (ABD; PhD or equivalent for less than six years, including ECRs). The official languages of the seminar are English, Italian, French. Translations of abstracts and various seminar materials not in English will be made available to participants.

Accommodation costs (Sunday night to Friday night included), lunches and dinners (Monday dinner to Friday lunch included) will be covered in full by the organizers, who will be responsible for reserving rooms in the students’ hall of residence. Other travel costs are currently under evaluation for a grant from the University of Tuscia. If the seminar should benefit from such funding, transfers from Orte train station (on the Rome-Milan train line) or the Rome airports (Ciampino and Fiumicino) to Viterbo will be covered in full or in part. In that case, in order for travel expenses to be considered, participants are asked to coordinate, to the extent possible, their times of arrival and departure, so as to enable group transfers to/from Orte train station or the Rome airports .

As is the case each year, the proceedings of the seminar will be published by Honoré Champion (Paris) in the Lumières internationales series.

Applications should include the following information: a brief curriculum vitae with date of PhD (or equivalent); a list of principal publications and scholarly presentations; a brief description of the proposed paper (approx. 3 pages, double-spaced, max 1,000 words); and one letter of recommendation. Colleagues are invited to submit proposals by January 31, 2018. Please send abstracts by e-mail to Francesca Saggini:, ccing into the conversation Alberta Boschi . If your email programme supports the delivery receipt option we encourage you to request delivery receipt. We will attempt to notify all correspondents before February 28, 2018 regarding the status of their submission.

CFP: Ecology and Emotion in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - ACLA meeting at UCLA, March 29 - April 1, 2018

This interdisciplinary panel invites proposals addressing landscape, ecology, and environmental discourse in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in literature, travel writing, and visual / material culture. Topics may include environmental un/consciousness, philosophy of nature, landscape architecture, or representations of agriculture (e.g. tea, coffee, sugar plantations) and nature (e.g. oceans, mountains, deserts). Papers addressing the European context, non-European areas such as East Asia, or transregional travels are all welcome.

We particularly welcome papers examining the connections between ecology and emotional affect, including questions of subjectivity, sublimity/transcendence, patriotism/national identity, philosophical reflection, aesthetic response, and memory. Sample themes include, but are not limited to, environment and emotion, nature and morality/religion, landscape and national identity (e.g. the German forest as national symbol). The panel organizers are interested in learning from discussions on transcultural, colonial, and environmental discourses, and from theoretical and historical perspectives.

Please submit a short proposal (max. 300 words) to this panel at the ACLA conference website by September 21st, 2017. Please contact Chunjie Zhang (UC Davis, or Laurence Williams (University of Tokyo, with questions.

Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850

Philadelphia, PA, February 22-24, 2018

The Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850 (CRE) provides a venue for the presentation of original research on the history of Europe, the Atlantic World and beyond. We welcome proposals from allied disciplines and comparative studies; in short, we offer a platform for research into the revolutionary era broadly defined. For more information, please visit:

North American British Music Studies Association Call for Papers

The North American British Music Studies Association will hold its Eighth Biennial Conference from Monday, 30 July to Wednesday, 1 August 2018, in Logan, Utah, hosted by Utah State University.  For more information, visit:

Jane Austen Society of North America: Call for Persuasion Papers
The 5,000-member literary society of JASNA will celebrate the 200th publication anniversary of Jane Austen’s Persuasion in Kansas City, Missouri from September 28-30 of 2018. ASECS members are encouraged to join JASNA and submit abstracts for 50-minute breakout sessions at the conference. Papers will be considered for publication in the society’s literary journal, Persuasions. Please read JASNA’s 2018 AGM theme page ( for inspiration. We welcome proposals reflecting the theme, Persuasion: 200 Years of Constancy and Hope, as well as those relating to any other aspect of Persuasion. A few of the wide range of topics we hope to see: * Counter-themes of inconstancy and hopelessness * Austen’s connection to and inclusion of the British Navy * Exploration of the city of Bath and its use in the novel * Edification on methods of retrenching * Explanation of “the richness of the present age” of poetry Submission Materials: 1. Cover letter about you Include name, newly-joined JASNA Region, college or university affiliation (if any), physical and email addresses, phone numbers, and a brief (max. 100 word) biography. Indicate if you have been a speaker at previous JASNA AGMs or ASECS events. 2. One-page abstract about your session Describe your presentation content and format. Note how your session will be novel or unique to a JASNA audience. Specify absolutely necessary AV equipment, understanding that equipment rental is costly and should be requested only when images are essential to the presentation. Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017. Highly Encouraged Electronic Submissions to: Julienne Gehrer Coordinator, 2018 AGM Mailed Submissions to: Julienne Gehrer Coordinator, 2018 AGM 4318 W. 74th Ter. Prairie Village, KS 66208-2959

Mitchell Prize for Periodical Research
15 October 2017 (not 30 September 2017 as previously announced) is the deadline for the Bibliographical Society of America’s sixth triennial William L. Mitchell Prize for Bibliography or Documentary Work on Early British Periodicals/Newspapers. Submissions must concern eighteenth-century periodicals in English or in any language but published within the British Isles and its colonies. The Prize is awarded for the best single publication (article, book, web-posting, etc.) between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2017. Besides newspapers and magazines, the research may concern any stage in the writing, printing, distribution, and consumption of serial publications. Since its inception, the prize has favored documentary or primary-source research and also bibliographical research. The Mitchell Prize winner receives a $1000 cash award and a year’s membership in the Bibliographical Society of America. The award is made at the annual meeting of the Bibliographical Society of America in New York City during January. The Prize honors Bill Mitchell, retired curator of the Bond Collection of 18th-Century British Newspapers and Periodicals as well as the Edmund Curll Collection at Kansas’s Spencer Research Library. Mitchell’s friend and colleague at the library, the late Alexandra Mason spearheaded the creation of the prize to encourage bibliographical scholarship on British periodicals. The competition is open to all without regard to membership, nationality, and academic degree, requiring little more than the submission of a C.V. and three copies of printed work (or one PDF for circulation) and access and instructions for internet publications. For info (and an account of former prize-winners), see the BSA's website ( The last Mitchell Prize was awarded in January 2015 to Simon Macdonald, then Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University. His winning publication, “English-Language Newspapers in Revolutionary France,” was published in The Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36, no. 1 (2013), 18-33. Direct questions to Jim May (


Job Openings:

The Department of French and Italian at Princeton University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in eighteenth-century French literature and culture. A demonstrated interest in interdisciplinarity would be an advantage. The successful candidate will have native or near-native French; clear evidence of scholarly excellence and of potential distinction in research and publication; and evidence of a serious and successful commitment to teaching. Applicants should include a cover letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references online at . Review of applications will begin in early October. Applications received by November 15, 2017 will be given full consideration. Interviews will be conducted at the MLA Convention in New York, January 4-7, 2018. Please note that the Ph.D. is expected by the appointment start date of September 1, 2018. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. This appointment is subject to the university’s background check policy.





ASECS Awards and Prizes:

ASECS Awards and Prizes:

Srinivas Aravamudan Prize - Deadline - January 1, 2018

Clifford Prize - Deadline - January 1, 2018

Louis Gottschalk Prize - Deadline - November 15, 2017

Biennial Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize - Deadline November 15, 2018

ASECS Innovative Course Design Competition- Deadline - October 1, 2017

Travel Grants - Deadline January 1, 2018


Graduate Student Awards:

Travelling Jam-Pot: Fund for Graduate Students  - Deadline: November 1, 2017

Graduate Student Research Paper Award - Deadline January 1, 2017

2016-17 Graduate Student Conference Paper Competition - Deadline April 3, 2017

ASECS Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentorship - Deadline: December 15, 2017

Race and Empire Caucus Essay Prize - Deadline - July 1, 2017


Lesbian and Gay Caucus:

The Hans Turley Prize - Deadline - November 1, 2017

Women's Caucus Awards:

Catharine Macaulay Prize Competition - Deadline September 1, 2017

ASECS Women’s Caucus Editing and Translation Fellowship - Deadline - January 15, 2017

Émilie Du Châtelet Award - Deadline January 15, 2017

Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA):

The Mary D. Sheriff Research and Travel Award - Deadline January 15, 2018 - Link

Dora Wiebenson Graduate Student Prize - Deadline February 15, 2017


Ibero-American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

The Pilar Sáenz Annual Student Essay Prize

The María Salgado Student Travel Grant


Oscar Kenshur Book Prize


Mozart Society of America:

Marjorie Weston Emerson Award - Deadline - May 1, 2017


Society of Early Americanists:

Essay Competition

Deadline - October 3, 2017

Southeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS):

Annibel Jenkins Prize in Performance and Theater Studies - Deadline November 29, 2017

An award of $500 will be given annually for the best article in performance and theater studies published in a scholarly journal, annual, or collection between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017. Authors must be members of SEASECS at the time of submission. Articles may be submitted by the author or by another member.

The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2017. Please send submissions as PDF files, and address any queries about the prize to the Committee Chair:

Jack DeRochi (Winthrop University)

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