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Lisa Berglund, chair of the 2010 Annual Meeting, sends the following invitation and progress report:
The conference theme – “Inquiry, Pedagogy, Exploration: Studying the Eighteenth Century” -- invites discussion both of how inquiry and education were carried out during our period, and also of how we teach the eighteenth century today. Two distinguished scholars will contribute to our exploration of these issues: keynote speakers Sue Juster, professor of history at the University of Michigan, and Patricia Johnston, professor of Art History at Salem State College.
We are organizing a special subvention for secondary-school teachers who wish to attend the conference on Saturday only; that morning will include the opportunity for teachers to participate in a roundtable discussion of the place of eighteenth-century studies in the secondary classroom. Visit the website later this spring for details.
There will be plenty of opportunities to explore Buffalo. Our Friday night reception will be held at the Western New York Book Arts Center, and we are organizing a trip to Old Fort Niagara. Built in 1726, it is the oldest continually occupied military site in North America, held successively by the French, the British and the United States. Plans are also underway for a concert of eighteenth-century music, and for a guided tour of Buffalo's architectural highlights, including buildings designed by H. H. Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Sullivan. The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is a very short walk from the hotel, and will be featuring an exhibit on the Kelmscott Press.
And yes, there will be food. Buffalo invented Buffalo wings. We eat them unironically.
The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 21-23 October 2010. The conference is hosted jointly by two State University of New York institutions: Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo, and the organizing committee also includes faculty from Canisius College.
The fact that our 2009 annual meeting, held in Ottawa November 5-8, was a joint meeting of NEASECS and CSECS, the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies enabled Frans De Bruyn and his program committee to put together an unusually rich program. The conference theme, “The Making and Unmaking of Empires,” focused attention on the worldwide impact of the Seven Years War. The two plenary lectures were devoted particularly to the North American theatre of that conflict: Alain Beaulieu, of the Université de Québec a Montréal, spoke on “De la mediation à la protection: les sens de la Conquête pour les Autochtones du Canada,” and Fred Anderson, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, asked whether 1759 was indeed a “Year of Decision.”
Several papers in seminars were also addressed to that pivotal year: Swann Paradis, of York University, spoke on “Buffon in 1759”; John Sitter, of the University of Notre Dame, identified“A Poetics of the Long 1759”; Joe Galbo of the University of New Brunswick found “Ghosts of 1759” in the reflections of Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy in America; Thomas Keymer of the University of Toronto discussed “British Poetry and Global War in 1759”; and David McNeill of Dalhousie University analyzed the 1759 poem “A Dialogue betwixt General Wolfe, and the Marquis Montcalm, in the Elysian Fields.”
Members who took time away from the conference to explore the city of Ottawa also had a rich experience. I spent an enjoyable and informative afternoon in the Canadian Museum of Civilizations and was particularly gratified to learn more about the eighteenth-century history of Canada.All members who attended this meeting are grateful to Frans De Bruyn and his committee for their diligent and productive work.
In the past year, our Society has lost two of its prominent members – Peter Cosgrove of Dartmouth, chair of the Society’s 2007 Annual Meeting, and Frank Shuffelton of the University of Rochester, a founding member of NEASECS who served as its president in 1995.
Anna Battigelli of SUNY at Plattsburgh, the 2007 president of NEASECS, wrote the following tribute to Peter Cosgrove:
As some of you know, Peter Cosgrove of Dartmouth College died suddenly on July 22 at his home in Lyme, New Hampshire. Peter was an admired teacher and scholar. He was an indefatigable host for a splendid 2007 NEASECS meeting at Dartmouth. His death comes as a shock to all of us, and it is fitting that we pause to remember him at this 2009 meeting in Ottawa.
True to his eighteenth-century interests, Peter was perpetually at war against dullness. Folly, pretentiousness, pride, simple-mindedness—each elicited Peter’s satiric spirit. Satire was his song. His caustic humor, seen in criticisms of the academy, the general public, and the nation could be both entertaining and therapeutic. Perpetually on guard against intellectual impostors, he held people at a distance until they established their credentials. Even then, they remained under scrutiny, even as they were invited to laugh with him at the absurdity of the world.
Finally, like the best satirists, Peter loved good company. What I remember most from his superb, detail-oriented hosting of the 2007 NEASECS conference was his determination that NEASECS members have time to talk informally, outside of sessions, preferably with wine. Possessed of both a powerfully satiric spirit and deeply felt sentiment, Peter Cosgrove embodied the contradictions of the period he knew so well. We have lost a superb conference host, an accomplished scholar, and an admired teacher. Within this Society, we will particularly miss Peter’s genuine affability, his satiric edge, his humor, his devotion to excellence. For ever, brother, hail and farewell.
Frank Shuffelton of the University of Rochester was among the founders of NEASECS when it began at that university in 1977. Beginning in 1978 he became Secretary-Treasurer of the organization; one of his duties at that time was publishing the Society’s newsletter. In 1995 he served as president of our organization. When I succeeded Julie Hayes and Raymond Hilliard as NEASECS Newsletter Editor, Frank was most helpful and encouraging to me. John Michael, chair of the Department of English at the University of Rochester, a close friend and colleague of Frank’s, has prepared the following tribute to him:
Professor Frank Shuffelton, distinguished professor of Early American literature, renowned authority on Thomas Jefferson, and a founding member of NEASECS, died this spring in Rochester, New York at the age of 69.
Frank joined the University of Rochester English Department in 1969, having completed his BA at Harvard and his Ph.D. at Stanford. He spent the whole of his prolific career as a scholar and critic of American literature with particular interests in the seventeenth and more recently the eighteenth centuries at the University of Rochester. Despite the depth of his engagement in the earlier periods, he also published significant work on Ralph Waldo Emerson and on American transcendentalism. After his first book, Thomas Hooker, 1586-1647, which was published in 1977 and remains an indispensable work on that important figure in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Frank’s attention came to focus on the American Enlightenment generally and on the protean figure of Thomas Jefferson more particularly. In addition to the dozens of influential articles that Frank wrote on Jefferson’s life and thought—articles in which he situates Jefferson in his time, investigates Jefferson’s attitudes toward race, explores his engagements with science, religion, and philosophy—he completed, in the early nineties, one of the great resources in the growing field of Jefferson studies: a two volume, comprehensive, annotated bibliography of writings about Jefferson that begins in 1826 and ends in 1990. Thomas Jefferson: A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of Writings about Him is a monument to scholarly commitment, generosity, and intelligence.
These virtues were always the hallmarks of Frank’s engagement with the profession as a whole. Several generations of scholars of Early American literature recognize a personal and professional debt to Frank, whose cheerful and encouraging presence at conferences and whose willingness to encourage and assist younger scholars, like his sometimes mordant wit, remains something of a legend in the field. The collections of essays on early American literature and culture that Frank edited, collections like A Mixed Race: Ethnicity in Early America, The American Enlightenment, and just this last year The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Jefferson, always included essays by younger critics who have gone on to help redefine and transform the field. In recognition of his many accomplishments—including a Mellon and an NEH Fellowship—Frank received a lifetime achievement award from the Early American Literature section of the Modern Languages Association in 2007. In the midst of all this, Frank served as President of NEASCS, as Director of College Writing, and as Chair of the English Department at the University of Rochester. After his retirement in 2007, he continued to pursue new research interests in eighteenth century book culture and, of course, new perspectives on Thomas Jefferson. Friends and colleagues here at the University of Rochester and, indeed, my fellow Americanists across the nation and around the world, will miss him sorely.
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The following proposed amendments are designed not to change anything of substance that we actually do but to bring the Constitution into line with current practices and to eliminate areas where it is inconsistent. In accordance with the Constitution’s provisions for amendment, they will be brought to the Executive Committee and then to the Business Meeting in Buffalo in October for approval.
Article V (Organization), Section 4 (Committees)
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Article VI (Meetings), Section 1 (The Business Meeting):
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Article VI (Meetings), Section 2 (The Program), Subsection A (The Program Committee):
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Cassandra Albinson (Associate Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art) has co-organized an exhibition on the portrait painter Thomas Lawrence, which will open at the National Portrait Gallery, London on 21 October 2010, and at the Yale Center on 23 February 2011. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Cassandra, Marcia Pointon, and Peter Funnell.
John Baird (English, University of Toronto) will retire on June 30, 2010. He will continue to serve as Associate Editor for Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Poetry on Representative Poetry Online (http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/). He hopes to use his new-found leisure to increase the number of poems that do not appear in current anthologies, so that teachers can draw on a variety of poems that are edited for undergraduates and readily accessible to their students. His first venture is the trio of treatments of Juvenal's Third Satire: the translation by Dryden and the imitations by Oldham and Johnson (London).
Andrew Curran (French, Wesleyan University) is the author of two new articles, “Logics of the Human in Diderot’s Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville” in New Essays on Diderot, James Fowler, ed., Cambridge University Press (forthcoming); and “Rethinking Race History: The Role of the Albino in the French Enlightenment Life Sciences,” History and Theory (Oct. 2009), 151-179. He has also written “Pourquoi étudier la representation de l’Afrique dans la pensée du XVIIIème siècle?” Introduction to L’Afrique du siècle des Lumières: Savoirs et représentations. Catherine Gallouët, David Diop, et al., eds., (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford University, 2009). Professor Curran’s new book, The Anatomy of Blackness: Theories of the African in French Enlightenment Thought, will soon be published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He has been promoted to the rank of Professor of French at Wesleyan.
Jenny Davidson (English, Columbia University) recently received the Mark Van Doren Teaching Award at Columbia, given by the college's students to a faculty member for “humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership.” Her new novel Invisible Things will be published in November.
Catherine Gallouët (French, Hobart and William Smith) is the author of “Spectateurs et écriture dans les Journaux de Marivaux,” Marivaux journaliste. Homage à Michel Gilot, Textes réunis par Régine Jomand-Beaudry, Saint-Étienne, Publications de l’Université de Saint-Etienne, 2009; of “Le corps noir dans la fiction narrative du XVIIIe siècle (Voltaire, Montesquieu, Behn, de la Place, Castilhon, de Duras),” Le corps romanesque: images et usages topiques sous l’Ancien Régime, études rassemblées par Monique Moser-Verrey, Lucie Desjardin et Chantal Turbide, Québec, Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2009; “La mise en intelligibilité de l’Africain: l’exemple de Zingha,” L’Afrique au siècle des lumières: savoirs et représentations, éd. Catherine Gallouët, David Diop, Michèle Bocquillon, et Gérard Lahouati, Oxford, Oxford University Press, SVEC, May 2009; and of “Monstrueux, noble, triomphant: les modalités du corps africain dans la tradition narrative,” Les discours du corps au XVIIIe siècle: literature-philosophie-histoire-sciences, textes réunis par Hélène Cussac, sous la direction d’Hélène Cussac, d’Anne Deneys-Tunney, et de Catriona Seth, Québec, Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2009. Professor Gallouët has also presented two lectures: “Memories of Indochine,” Introduction, Screening, and Discussion, The Thomas and Catharine McMahon Lecture Series, Wesleyan University, April 15, 2010; a Seminar, ‘Genèse du film "Mémoires d’Indochine”,’ Genèse autobiographique et collecte des traces, ENS, CNRS. rue d’Ulm, Paris, January 16, 2010; and ‘Le goût du vin chez Marivaux,’ ‘Taste in the Eighteenth Century,’ Seventh Landau-Paris Symposium on the Eighteenth century Universität Koblenz-Landau, Germany October 2009.
Vasiliki Grigoropoulou (Philosophy, University of Athens) is the author of ‘Desire and Will: The Sentient and Moral Self in Locke and Rousseau’, in Rousseau and Desire, edited by M. Blackell, J. Duncan, and S. Kow (Toronto University Press, 2009) and also of ‘Displacement of Nature into Society: Rousseau between Spinoza and Kant’, in Philosophical Writings (36).
Julie Hayes (Languages and Literatures, University of Massachusetts at Amherst) has published “Friendship and the Female Moralist,” in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 39 (2010). She has recently been appointed Interim Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University for 2010-11.
Jocelyn Harris (English, University of Otago, Emeritus) spoke in March on “The Mansfield Theatricals and the Controversy over the Stage” to the Huntington Library's Long Eighteenth-Century Seminar 2009-10. In "Frances Burney's The Wanderer, Jane Austen's Persuasion, and the Cancelled Chapters," published in Persuasions 31 (2009), she argues that Austen, after freely drawing on Burney for her novel, prevented her conclusion being overwhelmed by the The Wanderer by rapidly rewriting her last chapters. In a chapter on Jane Austen for Adrian Poole's Cambridge Companion to English Novelists (CUP, 2009), Professor Harris examines Austen's appropriations, elaborations, transformations, and improvements of her sources to show that far from reacting simply to a canonical "tradition" of fiction, she took her material from a wide range of texts. As she argues, Austen's relationship with other authors offers an entrance into her mind.
Sharon Harrow (English, Shippensburg University) has published “Anna Maria Falconbridge,” in Dictionary of African Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates & Emmanuel K. Akyeampong. (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2011); “Empire,” in Samuel Johnson in Context, ed. Jack Lynch (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011); and “Having Text: Desire and Language in Haywood's Love in Excess and The Distressed Orphan.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Winter 2009-2010 issue). Professor Harrow has recently been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Simon Kow (Early Modern Studies, Dalhousie University) is an editor, together with Mark Blackell and John Duncan, and of Rousseau and Desire (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009). Contributing authors are John Duncan, Grace Roosevelt, Simon Kow, Vassiliki Grigoropoulou, Mark Blackell, Katrin Froese, Mira Morgenstern, and Brian Duff.
Mary Klinger Lindberg (Art, College of Mount St. Vincent) presented a lecture, “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words or Less,” at Mount St. Vincent College in May, 2010.
Dennis Mahoney (German, University of Vermont) reports that “Romanticizing the Everyday: Penelope Fitzgerald's ‘The Blue Flower,’” based on the talk he gave at the 2005 NEASECS meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick on “The Eighteenth-Century Everyday,” has appeared in Blüthenstaub: Jahrbuch für Frühromantik 2 (2009), 277-289.
Mira Morgenstern (Political Science, City University of New York) has published “Politics In/Of the City: Love, Modernity, and Strangeness in the City of Jean-Jacques Rousseau” in Mark Blackell, John Duncan, & Simon Kow, eds. Rousseau and Desire (University of Toronto Press, 2009).
Maureen E. Mulvihill (Princeton Research Forum, NJ) recently published essays, with captioned images, on Jane Austen (Austen Ctr., Bath UK); Frances Burney (commissioned, Burney Society, Montreal); Margrieta van Varick & Dutch NY (Bard Graduate Center, NY); Ireland and the slave trade (NYU Ireland House talk by Nini Rodgers, Belfast); the Paula Peyraud Collection (Bloomsbury Auctions NY); Jack B. Yeats (NY Yeats Society); and Virginia Woolf (commissioned, Rapportage literary magazine, Lancaster, Pa.). Dr Mulvihill’s auction report on the Peyraud sale, and her review (with Images Gallery) of the Dutch NY show, set precedent in Eighteenth-Century Stds and in Seventeenth-Century News. Her essay on Woolf, with lead image of Woolf by Swedish artist Carl Köhler, is included in retrospectives of Köhler’s literary portraits (Barber Gallery, Vancouver; Regenstein Library, Chicago; Boole Library, Cork, IR.). At the 2009 STS Conference (NYU), Maureen spoke on her edition of Mary Shackleton Leadbeater’s Poems (Dublin & London, 1808) in the Irish Women Poets textbase (Alexander Street Press, Va., 2008); her edition includes a critical essay with images, a primary and secondary biblio., and a newly-recovered silhouette of Leadbeater in Quaker cap. In January 2009, Maureen was an invitee at the NY Irish Embassy launch of the Dictionary of Irish Biography, 9 vols (Royal Irish Academy/Cambridge UP, 2009), to which she contributed the Leadbeater article.
With Toni Bowers, his colleague at Penn, John Richetti is preparing their new abridged edition of Samuel Richardson's Clarissa for publication by Broadview Press this coming fall.
Deborah Ross (English, Hawaii Pacific University) has published “On the Trail of the Butterfly: D. H. Hwang and Transformation” in Beyond Adaptation: Radical Transformations of Original Works, ed. Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams (McFarland, 2010). Her work of fiction “Bad Company,” was published in the e-magazine Stone's Throw; and another, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” received honorable mention in the Lorin Tarr Gill writing contest. On June 19 Professor Ross will present “A Goldfish Out of Water: Miyazaki's Little Mermaid” at the Conference on Literature and Hawaii's Children at the University of Hawaii.
Erik R. Seeman (History, University at Buffalo) has published Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010).
Bonnie Hurd Smith (Independent Scholar) has published Letters of Loss & Love, Judith Sargent Murray Papers, Letter Book 3 (Hurd Smith Communications, 2010). During her adult life, Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) created letter books containing letters dated 1765 to 1818. She is thought to be the only eighteenth century woman who kept letter books in a long-term, systematic way.
Catherine Tite (Art History, University of Regina) is the author of Portraiture, Dynasty and Power: Art Patronage in Hanoverian Britain 1714-1759 (Cambria Press, 2010).
Austen's Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury, by Karen Valihora (English, York University), has been published by the University of Delaware Press through AUP. The book explores Austen's emphasis on “what ought to be” through eighteenth-century writing on judgment, and includes chapters on Shaftesbury, Richardson, Reynolds, Hume, and Smith.
Jack Russell Weinstein (Philosophy, University of North Dakota) has been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective August of 2010, and has become the director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life. He is also the host of the public radio show “Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life,” a live call-in philosophy show. His book Adam Smith's Pluralism: Rationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments has been accepted for publication by Yale University Press.
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