This essay brings together cognitive literary theory and Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of dialogic imagination to illuminate the construction of social class in the eighteenth-century novel. It offers a close reading of selected passages from Frances Burney’s Evelina (1778), made possible by combining Bakhtinian and cognitive poetics. It also dis…[Read more]
PDF of slides for a panel presentation on Jane-Austen and Regency-themed video games.
Gillian Dooley started the topic Immortal Austen – a conference in Australia, 13-16 July 2017 in the discussion Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature on MLA Commons 1 year, 1 month ago
Call for Papers
An International Conference
Hosted by the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, Flinders University At Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia 13-16 July 2017
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof Devoney Looser (Arizona State)
Prof Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford)
Assoc. Prof Clara Tuite (Melbourne)
When Jane Austen…[Read more]
Now that the ballot is open for the MLA nominations, I thought I’d introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me already and have a sense of who I am. My name is James Mulholland and I’ve been nominated to serve on this forum’s executive committee.
I am an Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University and…[Read more]
Emily Kugler started the topic CFP: 18th-Century Camp! (Special Issue Aphra Behn Online) in the discussion Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature on MLA Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
CFP Aphra Behn Online Special Issue: 18th-Century Camp!
Ula Lukszo Klein, Texas A&M International University, and Emily Kugler, Howard University
In Susan Sontag’s now-classic essay, “Notes on ‘Camp,’” Sontag argues for a critical dimension of the term “camp.” Camp, for Sontag, is “one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon.” Fo…[Read more]
Panelists explore the research impact of digital scholarship. How is it enabling novel yet critical questions and discoveries otherwise unimaginable? What new paradigms for authorship, attribution, scholarly work, audience, and value are emerging? If research and teaching inform each other, how does their give-and-take play out for humanists…[Read more]
A description of a successful team-taught introductory literature/DH course on “Identity, Ethnicity, and the Digital Humanities” at Washington & Jefferson College.
[from pp. 151-52:]
“Not only do we ourselves treat fictional characters as if they were capable of a broad variety of mental states (as real people are) to make sense of the story when we first read it; not only do we casually refer to these characters’ and the author’s mental states in our subsequent discussions with students; not only do we…[Read more]
If Jane Austen had wanted to write about zombies, what might she have known about the walking dead in the early nineteenth century? In this 2010 presidential address for EC/ASECS, subsequently published in the society’s newsletter, I examine this question and take a look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.
Joyce Meier of Michigan State University and I are editing a collection of scholarly essays on the theme of Voice and Empowerment in English studies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing is interested in publishing this book.
As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also…[Read more]
If you’re concerned about the place of eighteenth-century studies in the new forum structure being implemented by the MLA, you might consider applying to the following proposed special session for the 2016 convention in Austin:
Naming the 18th Century. What’s at stake in naming this period “long” (1660-1830), “short” (1715-1789), early modern, En…[Read more]
Hello, members of the MLA Division for Late Eighteenth-Century English Literature.
The executive is proposing three panels for the 2015 Vancouver MLA meeting. Here are our calls for papers:
Given the 18th-Century use of “science” as a term for knowledge and “literature” as writings that bear knowledge, can this his…[Read more]
This is a reminder to the members of the late 18th century division that the proposed reorganization and consolidation of the 18c period divisions has been abandoned by the latest version of the Draft Proposal, which is now available here:
If you are attending MLA, please try to make an appearance at the…[Read more]
We were so heartened by the outpouring of support on the MLA Commons and elsewhere for our attempts to resist the MLA’s proposal for a reorganization that would have seen the Divisions for Restoration and early 18th-century English literature and the Division for Later 18th Century English Literature collapsed into one very long Division indeed…[Read more]
Thank you for posting this useful information, Deidre, and these encouragement to attend the Division sessions. I’m about to post something similar on the site for the Restoration & Early Eighteenth Century. I hope that the members of our Divisions who are attending MLA will be able to attend as many sessions as possible in both the Divisions.…[Read more]
On behalf of the Lexicography Discussion Group, which has also been threatened with consolidation (and effective elimination), let me draw the attention of members of this group our session, which should be of interest:
194. Title: Typography and Paratext in Early Modern Lexicography
Friday, 10 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., O’Hare, Chicago M…[Read more]