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

January 20, 2017
Former faculty member Gene Hammond recently published his biography on Jonathan Swift, Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-In (University of Delaware Press, 2016). 
January 19, 2017
Harold Jerome Herman, who taught in the English Department for more than three decades, died on December 12, 2016, at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, after a brief illness. He was 87 years old.
January 4, 2017
Because of the Department of English's willing and thoughtful participation in sustainability initiatives, the Department was re-issued Green Office Certification (Bronze). Let's continue on our green path! 
January 4, 2017
The Modern Language Association's Annual Convention is being held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from January 5th through the 8th. Those presenting from the Department include faculty members and graduate students.
December 9, 2016
During the Fall 2016 semester, the English Department hosted programs for students from Northwood High School and High Point school. Continue reading to learn more about the programs.
December 8, 2016
Join us in congratulating the following projects for receiving grants from the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies' Fall 2016 grant cycle.
December 8, 2016
The University Sustainability Fund has approximately $390,000 available this year for projects that promote environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at University of Maryland.   The final deadline for applications is Sunday, January 15.  Projects can receive funding for $2,000 or more.  If you need less than $2,000 for your project, you may apply for a Sustainability Fund Mini-Grant.  Since 2011, more than $1,500,000 has been granted to 90 sustainability projects including Terp Farm, the Sphagnum Moss Water Treatment System at Eppley Recreation Center, the Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS), campus lighting upgrades, rain gardens, and research projects. 
December 6, 2016
Join us in congratulating Ralph Bauer who has been elected by the Executive Committee of the Society of Early Americanists as the incoming Executive Coordinator of the Society. Ralph will serve a two-year term, 2017-19, as Executive Coordinator, then as Vice President, 2019-21, and then as President of the Society, 2021-23.  
December 6, 2016
Stanley Plumly published his most recent poetry collection Against Sunset. Of the collection, David Wojahn writes, "This degree of artistry is sadly rare in contemporary poetry, and it allows [Plumly] to bear, always with nobility, the losses and rueful reckonings that are forced upon us in our twilight years."
December 3, 2016
This year the University of Maryland Charity Campaign is asking for your support and generosity...