some eighteenth-century blogs

Since I haven’t added much value to the blog lately I thought that I’d offer up to Long 18th readers some of the newer 18th c-ish blogs that have popped up in the last few months.  Some of these are intermittent, but worth checking out, anyway.

  • Jenny Davidson’s Light Reading.  This blog is in a different category than the rest, because Davidson is a Columbia English prof who publishes fiction as well as 18c criticism, and she often uses the blog as a way to talk about what she reads and thinks about when not in the classroom.  But well worth following.
  • The Scriblerus Memoirs.  A grad student blog, by someone who is thinking a great deal about encyclopedias, media, and 18c literature.
  • A Chapter upon Chapters.  (What is it about Sterne and bloggers?  I’m seeing a pattern here, and probably falling into it myself.)  Grad student blog.  A brand-new blog, with an interesting post about McKeon’s takedown of Wahrman’s book.
  • The Blake Archive’s (un)official blog, The Cynic Sang.  I only learned about this when Rachel Lee, one of the contributors, turned up here, but there’s some interesting Blake stuff here that people might want to lookat.
  • Edward Vallance’s eponymous blog promises “radicalism, history and occasional pop culture references,” and delivers.  There’s an interesting thread about the relative evil of Oliver Cromwell that I found all the more compelling when I found two historians pummelling each other in the comments section about the civilian casualties in Drogheda.  Lots of interesting political history/commentary here, from someone who’s just published a narrative history of the Glorious Revolution.

In general, I get the impression that there are 18c folks out there blogging, but we don’t have as many continuously running blogs or discusssions as, say, the people doing medieval or early modern (if Sharon’s EMN or Cliopatria‘s blogrolls are any indicator).  I’d also say that the credibility of print authorship and reputation, unsurprisingly, still have a lot of effect on one’s position in the blogiverse (look at Davidson or Vallance, for example).  But I also wonder whether the inherently mixed, anti-specialist tendencies in the blogging world will affect our notions of scholarly reputation, when the print books used as the basis for academic tenure have such limited distribution.

On a different note, since a number of courseblogs are linking to the Long 18th, I was also wondering if those doing 18c courseblogs would be interested in comparing courseblogs and how they’re using their blogs for instruction?  Let me know if you think this would be an interesting idea.



UPDATE: Adela at Twofold, an 18c blog that had escaped my notice, takes up the interesting question of why grad students do or do not blog their scholarship, and points out another 18c blog of interest, Ink and Incapability, that I had not seen before.  So please check both these out, and spread the love as only an 18c specialist knows how um, visit their blogs and express your appreciation as vociferously as you can.

13 responses to “some eighteenth-century blogs

  1. Thanks for the links, Dave. I already read Jenny Davidson, but I’ve just added the others to my Google Reader.

  2. Thanks, Gena. Now all I need to do is update the blogroll . . . .



  3. It was great to have you join in on the discussion.

  4. Glad to find out more about the NYC wing of the Long 18th. And let us know if you or any others want to talk more about 18c courseblogs.


  5. Thanks for your comments here and over at Twofold; there are some blogs listed above that I haven’t yet seen and look forward to reading.

  6. Before I go off and explore these tasty-looking blogs, I think I should probably take a moment to point out that I’ve always used a pretty loose (promiscuous?) definition of ‘early modern’ – my ‘early modern’ blogroll section includes several 18th-century blogs, and looks like it’s about to acquire a few more…

  7. Point taken, though I’m curious where you might put the dividing line between early modern and modern in English/British history. I’d say the 1780s-90s, though I expect plenty would disagree . . . .


  8. Kirstin Wilcox

    As someone whose courseblogs are linked to the Long Eighteenth, I’d love to know how others out there are using blogs in their courses. For various reasons, I don’t want to make my course blogs public, but I would be happy to discuss general blog-teaching strategies here and exchange URLs via e-mail with others using course blogs.

  9. I’m game, too, though my undergrad courseblogs do not link to the Long 18th–too distracting. I’ve got privacy issues, too, about opening the whole discussion onto the web.

    Any other takers?


  10. I’ve just started an 18th-century blog with an emphasis on novels written by women. See

    It’s very fledgling, though!

  11. Welcome, Stephanie! I look forward to following your blog, and I’m sure others will, too.


  12. Have not seen this blog before, I will keep my eye on it. Regards, Keith.

  13. Dave Mazella

    Thanks for visiting Keith, please stop by again. DM