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

April 19, 2017
Ashley Statter recently published her piece My Brother the Beluga in Thrive Global.
April 13, 2017
Barry Pearson compiled the 27th title from Smithsonian Folkways called Classic Piedmont Blues, offering an illuminating overview of the Piedmont style.
April 13, 2017
Martha Nell Smith will deliver “Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH: Challenges Post-2016” at the University of Miami Humanities Center, April 20, 2017.
April 13, 2017
Learn more about recent publications, presentations, and scholarly achievements, and our newest additions to the faculty.
April 12, 2017
On Saturday, April 1st, Tom Earles, Clara Montague, Julia Maier, Jessica Morris, Charlotte Racioppo, and Leigh Ryan all presented at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference at Penn State Berks in Reading, PA.
April 12, 2017
Holly Smith (hsmith11@umd.edu) announces that the nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books will host a millennial-friendly literary salon on April 19th in Georgetown. If you have any aspiring-author students who might like to attend (or if you'd like to attend whether or not you're a millennial yourself), please let her know!
April 12, 2017
Brian Richardson’s 2015 book, Unnatural Narrative: Theory, History, and Practice, was re-issued in paperback.He published an article on “Unnatural Narrative Theory” and responded to several commentators on the subject in the latest issue of Style. He also published “The Difference of Fiction,” in Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, eds. Brian Schiff and A. Elizabeth McKim (Oxford UP).He spoke on “Unnatural Endings in Fiction and Film” at the International Narrative Conference in Lexington KY in March and is giving an invited lecture on “Fiction, Nonfiction, and Historical Drama” at the University of Freiburg in May.He gave a block seminar for graduate students and faculty on Narrative Dynamics at the University of Lisbon in early March.This semester he is a Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Study.
April 12, 2017
MFA Candidate Chris Philpot has two poems ("Occupations of Uninhabited Space" and "I Am Full of Dread") in the most recent issue of Forklift, Ohio, and his poem "Category: Deserts of Utah" is forthcoming in the next issue of Whiskey Island. He also recently published an article ("Diva Worship as a Queer Poetics of Waste in D. Gilson's Brit Lit) in the recent anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives, published by Lexington Books.
April 12, 2017
Kent Cartwright’s essay on The Comedy of Errors and classical Greece has just been published as the lead essay in Shakespeare and Greece, ed. Alison Findlay and Vassiliki Markidou (London: Bloomsbury, 2017).  He also recently gave a public lecture on “Italy and Place in Shakespeare's Comedies” to the Circolo Italo Britannico Venezia in Venice, Italy, and in April, in Florence, Italy, he is speaking on Much Ado About Nothing at a conference of the Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies.
April 12, 2017
Cameron Mozafari and Michael Israel presented a paper titled "The Linguistic Construction to Thoughts and Feelings: A Cognitive Linguistic Introduction" at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication's sponsored talk of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.  The paper introduces a type of subordinate clause construction--the content clause--as a way that language users express stance, thoughts, and feelings toward ideas, a move necessary in academic argumentation.  At CCCC, Cameron was also nominated and accepted the role of conference chair of the Language, Linguistics, and Writing Standing Group.