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

author,The Experimental Imagination: Literary Knowledge and Science in the British Enlightenment
Stanford University Press,2018
,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
author,George III and the Satirists from Hogarth to Byron
U of Georgia P,1990

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News

March 14, 2019
Crystal Parikh's book entitled Writing Human Rights: The Political Imaginaries of Writers of Color has won the 2019 Association for Asian American Studies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Humanities and Cultural Studies: Literature.
March 14, 2019
Maud Casey has been selected to be the AY19-20 Long Teaching Fellow. Each academic year, one tenure-track faculty member seeking to enhance the classroom experience serves as the Department of English’s Long Teaching Fellow.
March 14, 2019
During spring break, many current and former (and an incoming) members of the English Department will be participating at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Denver, CO. 
March 13, 2019
NCTE hosts its annual CCCCs convention in Pittsburgh March 13-16, 2019. UMD English faculty, students, and alumni present research in twenty-one sessions.
March 11, 2019
Tyrus Miller, Dean of the Humanities at UC Irvine, observes, "The humanities are where many future leaders, communicators, scholars, CEOs, storytellers, creatives, directors, writers and entrepreneurs come to get their start. While the disciplines of the humanities themselves are distinct, together they provide students with a common set of skills that employers of today, and especially those of the future, will rely on."
March 8, 2019
Joshua Weiner's translations of Silesius, Goethe, and Ernst Janl were published last month in Great River Review, the literary journal revived by Peter Campion at University of Minnesota.  Three new poems appear in the current issue of Manchester Review (UK).
March 8, 2019
Wild Nights With Emily, the feature film based on Martha Nell Smith’s work, opens April 12th at the Landmark 57 and the Quad in New York and The Landmark in LA, and then in 50 cities after that. 
March 6, 2019
Barry Lee Pearson was an interview subject and contributor to "American Icons: 'Cross Road Blues.'" 
March 6, 2019
DeLisa D. Hawkes is the winner of the 2019 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship. 
March 6, 2019
Kent Cartwright had three essays on Shakespeare published or about to be published in 2019, including a self-interview on Hamlet; an essay on secularism and wonder in All’s Well That Ends Well; and a much enlarged version, for book publication, of his review of the 2016 production of The Merchant of Venice in the Venetian Ghetto.  He continues to make progress on his monograph, “Shakespeare and the Comedy of Re-Enchantment.”