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.
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).