Hilary Havens, From Samuel Richardson to William Godwin: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel | Newberry

Hilary Havens, From Samuel Richardson to William Godwin: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Saturday, March 19, 2016

2 to 4 pm

Room 101

Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, March 18
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Eighteenth-Century Seminar

Criticism of the eighteenth-century novel and even work in the burgeoning field of print culture has often neglected the importance of the process of revision, perhaps because the “actual sight of … revisions,” according to D. A. Miller, can be “nonetheless as disturbing as if, at the bottom of a vase filled with beautifully arranged flowers, we had caught a glimpse of thin filigrees of blood where the stems had been cut.” But these “disturbing” acts of revision—which in the eighteenth century often occur in complex response to family and friends, to readers and editors, and to an author’s own previous texts—are central aspects of the composition process. Professor Havens’s project allows us to think about these authorial decisions in new ways, and many of her insights arise from her development of new digital paleographical methodologies to recover deleted text


The format is not a lecture, but discussion of a precirculated scholarly paper. The paper is sent electronically to those who register to attend.


A reception will follow the seminar.


Learn more about the speaker: Hilary Havens, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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


Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

Cost and Registration Information 

This scholarly program is free and open to all, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. The precirculated paper will be sent electronically to those who register.


Register online here. Registrations will be processed through 10 am Friday, March 18, 2016.