Category Archives: Announcements

ECASECS at Georgetown

In the DC area we’re not only looking forward to our new neighbors moving in January 20, but also to the ECASECS meeting, tomorrow through Sunday at Georgetown University.  Anyone coming into town might want to get tickets for The Way of the World at the Shakespeare Theater.



the long eighteenth at galveston, tx: scsecs ’09, feb. 5-8

Since Galveston is busy rebuilding after the destruction of Ike, I thought it would be nice to chair a panel there for SCSECS, which will be held at the historic Tremont House in the downtown area.  This area, it seems, was not nearly as badly hit as some of the coastal areas, and so businesses are already reopening.

I will not try to compete with Kevin Cope’s exuberant prose, so here’s the CFP:

SCSECS 2009, February 5-8, GALVESTON, TEXAS
“An Effervescent Era”

All persons with an ardent interest in the long eighteenth-century are invited to present papers or to organize panels at SCSECS 2009.

There are many ways in which to join the program. Participants may send a paper proposal to any of the seminar organizers shown below. Those who may be writing papers on topics other than those represented in the preliminary list below may send their proposals directly to the conference organizer, Kevin L. Cope, at, who will insure that they find a place in one of the many seminars that will crop up from at-large submissions. Those who would like to organize a panel should send a description of that seminar to the aforementioned address. Especially welcome are completed panels for which the leader has recruited participants. Deadline for submission of proposals is December 31, 2008, although those in special circumstances may request a short extension.

If you prefer snail-mail, send your proposal to Professor Kevin L. Cope, Department of English, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70803. Or fax it to 225-751-3161.


I’ll be chairing a round-table on life-writing, which still has several slots open, and I would urge anyone else who wishes to offer a paper or panel topic for this conference to get in touch with Kevin ASAP.

Those interested in submitting a proposal for my panel should send a paragraph-long proposal abstract to me at  Proposals are welcome on any aspect of researching, interpreting, or teaching autobiography, memoir, or other forms of life-writing from our period.

I should also mention that two other members of the Long Eighteenth, namely Dwight Codr and Gena Zuroski (the Lady Z) will be chairing panels there as well.  If others intend to go, let us know about it.

Best wishes,


Eighteenth-Century Talks in NYC

The Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Group welcomes you to our speaker series this semester. We have three events planned, all of which will take place on the second Fridays of the month at the Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave) in room 5414. For those who have been with us before, please notice that this is a different venue from our usual spot in the Eighteenth-Century Reading Room, which has, unfortunately, been closed. This semester, we will be meeting in a room on the fifth floor that has windows and a bit more space to move around in.

If you plan to attend any of our meetings this semester, please let me know so I can know how much food and drink to provide. (If you don’t have a CUNY ID, you will need to sign in at the front desk, but they don’t need a list of your names.) The Eighteenth-Century Interdisciplinary Group hosts a wide range of talks on eighteenth-century subjects, each followed by lively conversation.

Our first meeting will be on Friday, September 12 at 2 pm in room 5414. JoEllen DeLucia of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY will be presenting “The Celtic Paratext of Radcliffe’s Gothic: The Mysteries of Udolpho and Scottish Enlightenment Historiography.”

Please also save the dates for talks by Kathleen Urda of Bronx Community College, CUNY (Nov. 14th at 2pm) and James Horowitz of Yale University (Dec. 12th at 2pm).

Please email me at if you’d like to attend or join the email list!

CFP: Digital Defoe

[Note: I’m posting this on behalf of Sharon Alker–DM]

Call for Papers

Invitation for Submissions to the Inaugural Edition of Digital Defoe

Digital Defoe is the new online peer-reviewed publication of the Defoe Society. It is now seeking submissions for its first issue, which will take as its subject “Defoe and the Media.”

Submissions can range from articles on or multimedia interactions with Defoe’s own innovative use of a wide variety of traditional and cutting-edge media to those on the treatment of Defoe and his works in the media of the postmodern age. We are also interested in publishing details about upcoming publications on Defoe, brief accounts of current research projects on Defoe, or pedagogical reports on or dynamic demonstrations of Defoe in the classroom, especially those that use innovative approaches and technologies. Information on recent Defoe conference panels is also welcome. Multimedia submissions using video, audio, images, hyperlinks, or other media are especially encouraged.

Submissions or inquiries should be sent by e-mail to co-editors Dr.
Katherine Ellison  (, Assistant Professor, Illinois State University ( and Dr. Holly Faith Nelson (, Associate Professor of English, Trinity Western University.

Submissions must be received no later than November 1, 2008. All submissions, including multimedia pieces, should include bibliographical documentation following MLA style.

For further information on the Defoe Society, go to (

[We wish the best of luck to Sharon Alker, Katherine Ellison, and Holly Faith Nelson, as well as the rest of the board of the Defoe Society.  You’ll also find a link to the Defoe Society in our blogroll]

Hans Turley

The Long Eighteenth mourns the loss of the warm and wonderful Hans Turley, who died this week after a recurrence of liver cancer.  Hans taught at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He will be deeply missed.

Hans will be remembered for his contributions to eighteenth-century studies and queer theory, for his brilliance, wit, and kindness.



“Turley presents a thoroughly-researched literay and cultural history of the transgressive pirate figure in the early eighteenth-century.”
Journal of Folklore Research

Despite, or perhaps because of, our lack of actual knowledge about pirates, an immense architecture of cultural mythology has arisen around them. Three hundred years of novels, plays, painting, and movies have etched into the popular imagination contradictory images of the pirate as both arch-criminal and anti-hero par excellence. How did the pirate-a real threat to mercantilism and trade in early-modern Britain-become the hypermasculine anti-hero familiar to us through a variety of pop culture outlets? How did the pirate’s world, marked as it was by sexual and economic transgression, come to capture our collective imagination?

In Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, Hans Turley delves deep into the archives to examine the homoerotic and other culturally transgressive aspects of the pirate’s world and our prurient fascination with it. Turley fastens his eye on historical documents, trial records, and the confessions of pirates, as well as literary works such as Robinson Crusoe, to track the birth and development of the pirate image and to show its implications for changing notions of self, masculinity, and sexuality in the modern era.

Turley’s wide-ranging analysis provides a new kind of history of both piracy and desire, articulating the meaning of the pirate’s contradictory image to literary, cultural, and historical studies.

Session at ASECS on Dave Mazella’s Book

“Roundtable on David Mazella’s The Making of Modern Cynicism

Maureen Harkin, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland OR 97202; Tel: (503) 517-7939; Fax: (503) 777-7769;



The proposed roundtable on David Mazella’s important new book

The Making of Modern Cynicism (2007) is designed to initiate an interdisciplinary discussion of the concept of cynicism in eighteenth-century French and English writings. In tracing the evolution of cynicism from Diogenes to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century incarnations (Hobbes, La Rochefoucauld, Chesterfield, Rousseau) and beyond, Professor Mazella’s cultural and literary history shows how the cynic develops from ascetic philosopher to a misanthropic figure “whose faded belief or curdled trust had left him unfit for attachments to others.” This book connects works (and approaches) across traditional national and disciplinary lines. Hence the format proposed is five participants, one each from the disciplines of French, English, Political Science, History, and Philosophy, each giving a ten-minute paper/discussion dealing with an aspect of the book and developing its propositions in relation to work in the different disciplines.



By the way, ASECS is planning  a few other sessions too: click here for the CFP. 




[links fixed by Dave]

Burney’s “The Witlings” in NYC

Sorry to increase your NYC regrets, Dave, but I have to post an announcement about the New York premiere of Frances Burney’s The Witlings from May 18th to June 1st at the West End Theatre on the Upper West Side. More information is available at the Magis Theatre Company website.