It’s a cold winter night in Houston, and I thought the best use of my time, besides watching “Worst Cooks in America,” would be to discuss the “This IS Enlightenment” panel from last month’s MLA. By putting it here, rather than on the nifty new “comment” function on the MLA program website, I suppose I’m undermining the MLA’s attempts to make the MLA forum a little more bloggish, but I’m not seeing much evidence that people are extending the discussion there.
Here’s the listing of the panel’s participants:
503. This Is Enlightenment
3:30–4:45 p.m., 402–403, Philadelphia Marriott
Program arranged by the Division on Late-Eighteenth-Century English Literature
Presiding: Janet L. Sorensen, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Speakers: Peter de Bolla, Univ. of Cambridge
Lynn M. Festa, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
Paula McDowell, New York Univ.
Michael McKeon, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
Clifford Haynes Siskin, New York Univ.
William Beatty Warner, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
I don’t have the space to summarize or respond to every speaker, but the title of the the session echoed the title of an upcoming essay collection entitled, “This IS Enlightenment,” which is being edited by Siskin and Warner. Most speakers seem also to have been contributors to the collection, which brings together some of the best-known American scholars in 18th century British studies. Continue reading