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

February 15, 2018
The English Department is delighted to announce that Professor David Simon will be joining us this fall as Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.
February 6, 2018
John Macintosh recently presented two papers, “Abstraction and/as Catachresis in Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis” at Intersections of Finance and Society at City College London, and “Who Is Precarious Now?” at the Modern Language Association's 2018 convention.
February 6, 2018
Jonathan Williams's article, "Deathly Sentimentalism: Sarah Fielding, Henry Mackenzie," is in print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30.2 (Winter 2017-2018).
February 6, 2018
Some of Joshua Weiner's "Trumpoems" showed up in Lana Turner, the journal edited by Calvin Bedient, as well as in Tikkun magazine, and the journal, Scoundrel Time, which can be viewed here.
February 6, 2018
Some of Joshua Weiner's "Trumpoems" showed up in Lana Turner, the journal edited by Calvin Bedient, as well as in Tikkun magazine, and the journal, Scoundrel Time, which can be viewed here.
February 6, 2018
Lyra Hilliard has received a 2017-2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award of $10,000 for her project “Cross-Institutional Study of Communities of Inquiry in Blended and Online Composition.” Lyra is researching to what extent online and blended writing courses function as communities of inquiry and how the community of inquiry framework is applicable to Writing Studies. 
February 6, 2018
Peter Witte's drawings were published on The Florida Review's "Aquifer." The drawings, excerpted from Peter's project called "After Kafka," explore and are inspired by Franz Kafka's shorter works.
February 6, 2018
Robert Lucci will present his paper “Staring Down the Panopticon: Surveillance and Resisting the Controls of Whiteness, Chester Himes and If He Hollers, Let Him Go” at both the Frederick Douglass Institute’s 2018 Bicentennial Conference and the 2018 MELUS conference.
February 6, 2018
Kent Cartwright is in his second of two years as a Visiting Scholar at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. In November, he gave a talk there at conference on “The City in Elizabethan Comedy,” along with three other public talks at Ca’ Foscari in November and December on topics that included Shakespeare comedy and the history of close reading. In October, he also gave a talk on comedy at a Shakespeare conference at the University of Cambridge. His essay on “Time in Shakespearean Comedy" will appear in February in a volume on Temporality, Genre and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare, edited by Lauren Shohet (Arden Bloomsbury), and the next issue of Shakespeare Newsletter will feature his reflection on the July 2016 performance of The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Ghetto in Venice.
February 6, 2018
On Oct. 1, 2017, Michael Olmert was on the Talkback panel after Harold Pinter's two one-act plays, The Lover and The Collection, at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. Olmert was also asked by Yale University Press to vet the publication of Alberto Manguel's latest book, Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions.. This is the second of Manguel's very fine books Olmert has reviewed for Yale.