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

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News

July 26, 2016
MFA student Peter Witte's story, "They Were," was recently published in The Sun.
July 26, 2016
Tom Earles presented at the European Writing Centers Association Conference at Łódź University in Poland, July 8-10. His paper, "A Creative Writing Center?" considers student, tutor, and instructor attitudes about tutoring creative writing in writing centers. The trip was partially funded by a UMD Writing Program Award.
July 22, 2016
Setsuko Yokoyama presented a paper at the Emily Dickinson International Society on June 25th in Paris. Her paper was titled "Rethinking 'Digital Archive' with Emily Dickinson." The paper was a constructive critique of Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) published by the Harvard University Press in 2013. She analyzed  the archive from literary, archival, and textual scholarship perspectives, according to the interdisciplinary nature of EDA's editorial team. The presentation demonstrated a critical analysis of a digital archive, and it was received well by the audience.
July 21, 2016
Jeremy Metz, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, translated from the French a chapter by Professor Emerita Stella Georgoudi, of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, "To Act, Not Submit:  Women's Attitudes in Situations of War in Ancient Greece," that appears in Women and War in Antiquity edited by Jacqueline Fabre-Serris and Alison Keith (2015 Johns Hopkins University Press),  His translation was edited by Professor Judith Hallett, who contributed an article to the volume.
July 21, 2016
PWP's Jonathan Rick delivered buisness writing workshops to NASCAR (Charlotte, NC), the International Speedway Corporation (Daytona Beach, FL), the Institute for Humane Studies (Arlington, VA), and Georgetown University's School for Continuing Studies (Washington, DC).
July 21, 2016
The MFA faculty have works forthcoming this year and next.
July 20, 2016
Howard Norman will be at the Bogliasco artist's retreat in November and December. (Our colleague Maud Casey was in residence there earlier in the year.)  Howard's new novel, My Darling Detective,will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June, 2017. 
July 20, 2016
Special Collections and University Archives are pleased to announce a new acting head of Literature & Rare Books.
July 20, 2016
Scott Wible has been appointed to a two-year term on the editorial board of College English, which is the flagship professional journal of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Wible has also been named to the NCTE Committee on Resolutions for 2016. Keep reading to learn more.
July 20, 2016
PhD student Stephen Rojcewicz published "Overview of Thornton Wilder’s The Woman of Andros,"  in the Thornton Wilder Society web site, in July 2016.