Eighteenth-Century Seminar

Drawing of the Bounty, Correspondence of Miss Nessy Heywood
Drawing of the Bounty, Correspondence of Miss Nessy Heywood, c. 1790, Case MS folio E 5 .H5078

The Eighteenth-Century Seminar is designed to foster research and inquiry across the scholarly disciplines in eighteenth-century studies. It aims to provide a methodologically diverse forum for work that engages ongoing discussions and debates along this historical and critical terrain. Each year the seminar sponsors one public lecture followed by questions and discussion, and one work-in-progress session, featuring a precirculated paper.

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

All sessions are free and open to the public; registration in advance is required.

Past Eighteenth-Century Seminars

Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Kathleen Wilson, Performing The Wonder in Sumatra: East India Company Peripheries and the History of Modernity
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, October 16

How did theatrical performance work to stage larger English encounters with alterity in far-flung colonial sites? Professor Wilson will examine that question from the point of view of colonial residents of Sumatra and Saint Helena, who used English theatrical and social performances to reflect upon their own presence and status as agents of British modernity.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Hilary Havens, From Samuel Richardson to William Godwin: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, March 18, 2015

A paper description will be added later. This will be a precirculated paper for discussion at the seminar.

A reception will follow the seminar.

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