The Eighteenth-Century Workshop provides a forum for scholarly conversation between graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers who are focusing on or simply curious about any aspect of the long eighteenth-century (1660-1832) and Enlightenment studies. We meet once monthly for dinner and discussion, usually organized around selected readings. Our principal mission is to support and enhance eighteenth-century studies within the English Department, making it a robust intellectual community for current and future graduate students.
September 20: Group readings of selections from Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa (1748); critical commentary from Sandra Macpherson’s Harm’s Way: Tragic Responsibility and the Novel Form (2010).
October 18: Internal workshop for graduate student writing. Please bring 5 pages of anything!
November 15: Guest speaker Professor Lynn Festa (Department of English, Rutgers)
February 21: Guest speaker Professor Stuart Sherman (Department of English, Fordham)
March 21: Group reading of non-European 18th-century text, TBD
April 25: Faculty speaker Professor Paula McDowell (Department of English, NYU) will discuss her new book, The Invention of the Oral (Chicago, 2016).
May 9: Planning meeting for 2017-2018 and group reading of a selected poem.