This essay suggests that with the increasing prominence of “historical poetics” as a set of social collectives, methodologies, and debates (especially about literary analysis), now seems to be an ideal time to assess its history and consider its future. The first part of the essay offers a genealogy of historical poetics, accounting for some of…[Read more]
Samuel Baker deposited Scott’s Stoic Characters: Ethics, Sentiment, and Irony in The Antiquary, Guy Mannering, and “the Author of Waverley” in the group LLC Late-18th-Century English on MLA Commons 4 months ago
It is well known that Walter Scott adapted the forms of sentimental fiction for his initial trilogy of novels on Scottish manners and that he drew on philosophical theories of sympathy when conceiving of his characters and placing them in historical relation to one another and to his readership. Scott’s adaptations of sentimentalism and of…[Read more]
This article proposes a new literary history of British Asia that examines its earliest communities and cultural institutions in translocal and regional registers. Combining translocalism and regionalism redefines Anglo‐Indian writing as constituted by multisited forces, only one of which is the reciprocal exchange between Britain and its c…[Read more]
Dear forum members,
The executive committee of the forum LLC Late-18th-Century English has nominated me to stand for election to the executive committee this year. It was suggested that I submit a post describing my interests and goals to the Late-18th-Century forum’s Commons group, which is how I find myself here. I am an Associate Professor in…[Read more]
Flavio Gregori deposited “Like a Jerkin, and a Jerkin’s Lining”: Body, Mind, Sartorial Metaphorsrs, and Sexual Imagery in Sterne’s “Tristram Shandy” in the group LLC Late-18th-Century English on MLA Commons 2 years, 4 months ago
The article analyses the relationship between body, mind and soul in Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759-1767). Starting from a famous “sartorial” metaphor, in the third book of the novel, according to which the body-mind relationship is akin to that of a jerkin and its lining, the article deals with the m…[Read more]
“Passions, Emotions and Cognition in the Long Eighteenth-Century Literature in England”
4th issue of journal “English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts” (Flavio Gregori, ed.).
Michael McKeon: “Aesthetic Cognition: Feeling the Emotions of Others”;
Margaret A. Doody: “The Actor, the Mirror, the Soul and the Sylph “…[Read more]
Guaranteed – MLA 2020 CFP: Recovery from the Margins: Digital Poster Session
Well-funded digital archives have energized the field of scholarly editing, yet the recovery of texts by women and people of color has suffered setbacks since the 1990s; in effect, the revitalization of marginal figures has been hampered by a canon that privileges p…[Read more]
This study focuses on the cultural history of illegitimacy and its representation in literature, with an emphasis on the gender of fictional bastards and foundlings.
Carol Zuses started the topic Membership Suggestions for 2019 Forum Delegate Election in the discussion Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 10 months ago
The next election for this forum’s Delegate Assembly representative will be held in the fall of 2019, and the forum’s executive committee will take up the matter of nominations for this election when it meets during the January 2019 convention in Chicago. Though the executive committee is responsible for making nominations, it is required to nom…[Read more]
Why We Read Fiction focuses on one of the most exciting areas of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as “Theory of Mind” and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson’s Clarissa, Dostoyevski’s Crime and Punishment, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Woolf’s…[Read more]
This essay investigates Walter Scott’s writing, across several genres, as a contribution to an environmental historiography of Scotland. One of the main research questions is whether that writing provides any evidence for an early land ethic that anticipates Aldo Leopold’s twentieth-century use of that term. Scott’s response to aesthetic…[Read more]
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 4 years, 9 months 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 4 years, 9 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.
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