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    CFP MLA 2019 LLC Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century
    Chicago, January 3-6
    Guaranteed Session
    Variabilities: Considerations of Embodiment in Early Eighteenth Century
    In 2014 Chris Mounsey coined the idea of “variability” in the introduction to “The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth-century” to move our discussion beyond sameness and dif…[Read more]

  • posted an update in the group LLC Restoration and Early-18t…:

    MLA Session 630. Preserving and Circulating Women’s Texts, 1660-1740, Saturday, 6 January 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM, Chelsea (Sheraton)
    Keywords: Digital Humanities, British Women’s Writing, 1660-1740, Book History
    1. Expanding Access: The Role of the Women in Book History Bibliography, Kate Ozment (Texas A&M U)
    2. First: A Map, Jennifer…[Read more]


I’ve been a professor for my entire adult life, in this profession for over two and a half decades.  While I feel like a veteran scholar, I also feel as though we are all on the verge of a new world, where old rules don’t apply.  Working as an academic at this historical moment is like being an 18th-century scholar in that we have one foot in the past and one in the present, leading toward the future.

My academic interests remain in 18thC literature, especially women writers, digital humanities, open access, environmental literature, pedagogy.

With Jessica Cook, I have edited a wonderful new collection of essays by a slate of exceptional scholars called The Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, forthcoming from University of Delaware Press. I am also editor of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

Laura L. Runge

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