Restoration and 18th Century

Our Restoration and eighteenth-century area group offers courses and independent work in the novel, drama and the theater, poetry, periodical literature, satire, and prose.  We offer particular strengths in genre studies (the novel, drama, satire), historicism, cultural studies, gender and women’s writing, race and African-British writing, authorship and textuality, the history of science, sexuality studies, and the global eighteenth century.  Core faculty include Vincent Carretta, Laura Rosenthal, and Tita Chico.  We are also fortunate to have colleagues specializing in the seventeenth century—Marshall Grossman and Jerry Passanante—as well as colleagues in Romanticism—Neil Fraistat and Orrin Wang—who have made vital contributions to MA and PhD projects in eighteenth-century studies.  Ralph Bauer, as well as Vincent Carretta, opens up our area to transatlantic studies.  We also benefit from strong colleagues in our department and the college who study gender, sexuality, race, history, art history, and theater.

One of the most important journals in eighteenth-century studies is housed at the University of Maryland (and at the University of Illinois). The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation is edited by Professor Tita Chico. Published quarterly, ECTI fosters theoretical and interpretive research on all aspects of Western culture, 1660-1800, and takes special interest in essays that apply innovative contemporary methodologies to the study of eighteenth-century literature, history, science, fine arts, and popular culture. Advanced graduate students specializing in the field of eighteenth-century studies at the University of Maryland have the opportunity to learn about academic publishing by working as editorial assistants for the journal.   

We are fortunate to be located in an area with considerable resources for primary research. The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Library of Congress have significant holdings in 18th-century literature and culture. Additionally, the Folger Institute (at the Folger Shakespeare Library) regularly holds seminars and workshops of interest to scholars working in eighteenth-century studies.  Graduate students can take Folger seminars, as well as courses with local consortium schools, for credit.  The eighteenth-century reading group, which meets regularly throughout the year, provides the opportunity for faculty and students to exchange work and share ideas on a particular project.  Sometimes we blog about these discussions with a wider community of eighteenth-century scholars here.  We regularly invite guest speakers to present their current work.  Recent guests have included Joseph Roach, Robert Markley, Lyndon Dominique, and Srinivas Aravamuden (scheduled for 08-09).

Our Faculty

Faculty Bookshelf

,Of Garden Mounts
Colonial Williamsburg,2014
,Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment
Palgrave Macmillan,2012
,Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage
University of Georgia Press,2011
Journal Editor,The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Penn Press,2011
Co-Editor,Literary Study, Measurement, and the Sublime: Disciplinary Assessment
The Teagle Foundation ,2010
,Kitchens, Smokehouses, and Privies: Outbuildings and the Architecture of Daily Life in the Eighteenth-Century Mid-Atlantic
Cornell University Press,2009
,Nightwalkers: Prostitute Narratives from the Eighteenth Century
Broadview Press,2008
,Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man
Penguin,2006
,Infamous Commerce: Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
Cornell University Press,2006
,Designing Women: The Dressing Room in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture
,2005
Editor,Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century
University Press of Kentucky,2003
,The Smithsonian Book of Books
Smithsonian Books,2003
Editor,The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, by Olaudah Equiano
Penguin, Revised and Expanded Edition,2003
Co-editor, with Mita Choudhury,Monstrous Dreams of Reason: Body, Self, and Other in the Enlightenment
Bucknell University Press,2002
Editor,Complete Writings, by Phillis Wheatley
Penguin,2001
Editor,Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery, by Quobna Ottobah Cugoano
Penguin,1999
,Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg,1998
,Playwrights and Plagiarists in Early Modern England
Cornell University Press,1996
,Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella: Curiouser and Curiouser Adventures in History
Touchstone Publishing,1995

Upcoming Events

News

August 31, 2016
Stephen Rojcewicz, a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, is now on the editorial board of two scholarly journals:Delos: A Journal of Translations and World Literature; andThe Journal of Poetry Therapy.
August 30, 2016
Peter Witte's essay, "He and I (and Her Too)," was published in the fall 2016 issue of The Threepenny Review. 
August 26, 2016
Professors Stanley Plumly and Michael Collier have poems featured in The Best American Poetry 2016, edited by Edward Hirsch, Scribners.
August 26, 2016
Orrin Wang recently presented a paper on Percy Bysshe Shelley's Prometheus Unbound and Commemorative Thought and one on the Gothic Zany at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism's annual conference in Berkeley; he'll be traveling this October to Vanderbilt to deliver a talk on the threat of mimesis in Austen, Byron, and Mary Shelley.  He'll also be giving a paper at the January Modern Language Association annual Convention on Derrida and the Prosthetic of the Inside.  All these talks are part of a book project on Romanticism and media, with the Prometheus Unbound piece a first stab at thinking about queer theory in relation to the idea of theory as future theory.  Another part of the project, on Wordsworth's poem "Michael" and Robert Smithson's land art, is forthcoming from ELN.
August 26, 2016
Pamela Gerhardt's essay, Fog on the Cher, is forthcoming in the fall issues of BlackBird, an online journal of literature and the arts.
August 26, 2016
Shirley Logan recently spoke with Professor Trevor Parry-Giles on WYPR on rhetoric and its role in politics. Shirley and Trevor will present "Rhetoric and Politics in America: What's Past is Prologue," on October 10th, as part of the Democracy Then & Now initiative.
August 25, 2016
In June 2016, Danuta Hinc graduated with an MFA in Writing and Literature from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College, VT
August 25, 2016
Holly Smith is managing editor of the Washington Independent Review of Books (WIRO). Holly received notification that, "The United States Library of Congress has selected [WIRO] for inclusion in its web archives," recognizing WIRO as, "an important part of [its] collection and the historical record."
August 25, 2016
Howard Norman's new novel, My Darling Detective, so far will have French, Chinese, Japanese, Urdu, German and Dutch translations. The novel will be published in the U.S. on March 28.  Howard is writing, for Princeton University Press in their WRITERS ON WRITERS series, a book about Peter Matthiessen.
August 25, 2016
Mark Fitzgerald was recently awarded a writing fellowship from the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. On September 3, he will read from his book, By Way of Dust and Rain, at the Richmond Public Library.