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Calls for Papers
Lisa Berglund, chair of the 2010 Annual Meeting, sends the following invitation and progress report:
The conference theme â€“ â€œInquiry, Pedagogy, Exploration: Studying the Eighteenth Centuryâ€� -- 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.Â
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 roundÂtable discussion of the place of eighteenth-century studies in the secondary classroom. Visit the website later this spring for details.Â Â
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.Â
And yes, there will be food. Buffalo invented Buffalo wings. We eat them unironically.Â
The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 21-23 October 2010. Â 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.Â
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.Â The conference theme, â€œThe Making and Unmaking of Empires,â€� focused attention on the worldwide impact of the Seven Years War.Â The two plenary lectures were devoted particularly to the North American theatre of that conflict: Alain Beaulieu, of the UniverÂsitÃ© de QuÃ©bec a MontrÃ©al, spoke on â€œDe la mediation Ã la protection:Â les sens de la ConquÃªte pour les AutoÂchtones du Canada,â€� and Fred Anderson, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, asked whether 1759 was indeed a â€œYear of Decision.â€�
Several papers in seminars were also addressed to that pivotal year:Â Swann Paradis, of York University, spoke on â€œBuffon in 1759â€�; John Sitter, of the University of Notre Dame, identifiedâ€œA Poetics of the Long 1759â€�; Joe Galbo of the University of New Brunswick found â€œGhosts of 1759â€� in the reflections of Alexis de Tocqueville on democracy in America; Thomas Keymer of the University of Toronto discussed â€œBritish Poetry and Global War in 1759â€�; and David McNeill of Dalhousie University analyzed the 1759 poem â€œA Dialogue betwixt General Wolfe, and the Marquis Montcalm, in the Elysian Fields.â€�
Members who took time away from the conference to explore the city of Ottawa also had a rich experience.Â 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 â€“ Peter Cosgrove of Dartmouth, chair of the Societyâ€™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.Â Peter was an admired teacher and scholar.Â He was an indefatigable host for a splendid 2007 NEASECS meeting at Dartmouth.Â 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.Â Folly, pretentiousness, pride, simple-mindednessâ€”each elicited Peterâ€™s satiric spirit.Â Satire was his song.Â His caustic humor, seen in criticisms of the academy, the general public, and the nation could be both entertaining and therapeutic.Â Perpetually on guard against intellectual impostors, he held people at a distance until they established their credentials.Â Even then, they remained under scrutiny, even as they were invited to laugh with him at the absurdity of the world.Â
Finally, like the best satirists, Peter loved good company.Â 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.Â Possessed of both a powerfully satiric spirit and deeply felt sentiment, Peter Cosgrove embodied the contradictions of the period he knew so well.Â We have lost a superb conference host, an accomplished scholar, and an admired teacher.Â Within this Society, we will particularly miss Peterâ€™s genuine affability, his satiric edge, his humor, his devotion to excellence.Â 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.Â Beginning in 1978 he became Secretary-Treasurer of the organization; one of his duties at that time was publishing the Societyâ€™s newsletter.Â In 1995 he served as president of our organization.Â Â When I succeeded Julie Hayes and Raymond Hilliard as NEASECS Newsletter Editor, Frank was most helpful and encouraging to me.Â John Michael, chair of the Department of English at the University of Rochester, a close friend and colleague of Frankâ€™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.Â 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.Â Despite the depth of his engagement in the earlier periods, he also published significant work on Ralph Waldo Emerson and on American transcendentalism.Â 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, Frankâ€™s attention came to focus on the American Enlightenment generally and on the protean figure of Thomas Jefferson more particularly.Â In addition to the dozens of influential articles that Frank wrote on Jeffersonâ€™s life and thoughtâ€”articles in which he situates Jefferson in his time, investigates Jeffersonâ€™s attitudes toward race, explores his engagements with science, religion, and philosophyâ€”he completed, in the early nineties, one of the great resources in the growing field of Jefferson studies:Â a two volume, comprehensive, annotated bibliography of writings about Jefferson that begins in 1826 and ends in 1990.Â Thomas Jefferson:Â A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of Writings about Him is a monument to scholarly commitment, generosity, and intelligence.Â
These virtues were always the hallmarks of Frankâ€™s engagement with the profession as a whole.Â 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.Â The collections of essays on early American literature and culture that Frank edited, collections like A Mixed Race:Â 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.Â In recognition of his many accomplishmentsâ€”including a Mellon and an NEH Fellowshipâ€”Frank received a lifetime achievement award from the Early American Literature section of the Modern Languages Association in 2007.Â 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.Â 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.Â Â 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.
CALLS FOR PAPERS
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Nancy E. Johnson
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 Constitutionâ€™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)
Rationale: These changes make the Constitution consistent with current practice and make the language of this section consistent with the rest of the document.
Article VI (Meetings), Section 1 (The Business Meeting):
Rationale:Â This amendment, like the one above, makes the Constitution consistent throughout.
Article VI (Meetings), Section 2 (The Program), Subsection A (The Program Committee):
Rationale:Â This brings the Constitution in line with practice.Â Presidents of the Society do not appoint the members of the Program Committee.
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 RepreÂsentative 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, â€œLogics of the Human in Diderotâ€™s SupplÃ©ment au Voyage de Bougainvilleâ€� in New Essays on Diderot, James Fowler, ed., Cambridge University Press (forthcoming); and â€œRethinking Race History: The Role of the Albino in the French Enlightenment Life Sciences,â€� History and Theory (Oct. 2009), 151-179.Â He has also written â€œPourquoi Ã©tudier la representation de lâ€™Afrique dans la pensÃ©e du XVIIIÃ¨me siÃ¨cle?â€�Â Introduction to Lâ€™Afrique du siÃ¨cle des LumiÃ¨res: Savoirs et reprÃ©sentations. Catherine GallouÃ«t, David Diop, et al., eds., (Voltaire Foundation, Oxford UniÂversity, 2009). Â Professor Curranâ€™s new book, The Anatomy of Blackness: Theories of the African in French Enlightenment Thought, will soon be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.Â 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 â€œhumanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership.â€� Her new novel Invisible Things will be published in November.
Catherine GallouÃ«t (French, Hobart and William Smith) is the author of â€œSpectateurs et Ã©criture dans les Journaux de Marivaux,â€� Marivaux journaliste. Homage Ã Michel Gilot, Textes rÃ©unis par RÃ©gine Jomand-Beaudry, Saint-Ã‰tienne, Publications de lâ€™UniversitÃ© de Saint-Etienne, 2009; ofÂ â€œLe corps noir dans la fiction narrative du XVIIIe siÃ¨cle (Voltaire, Montesquieu, Behn, de la Place, Castilhon, de Duras),â€� Le corps romanesque: images et usages topiques sous lâ€™Ancien RÃ©gime, Ã©tudes rassemblÃ©es par Monique Moser-Verrey, Lucie Desjardin et Chantal Turbide, QuÃ©bec, Les Presses de l'UniversitÃ© Laval, 2009;Â â€œLa mise en intelligiÂbilitÃ© de lâ€™Africain: lâ€™exemÂple de Zingha,â€� Lâ€™Afrique au siÃ¨cle des lumiÃ¨res: savoirs et reprÃ©senÂtations, Ã©d. Catherine GallouÃ«t, David Diop, MichÃ¨le Bocquillon, et GÃ©rard Lahouati, Oxford, Oxford University Press, SVEC, May 2009; and of â€œMonstrueux, noble, triomphant: les modalitÃ©s du corps africain dans la tradition narrative,â€� Les discours du corps au XVIIIe siÃ¨cle: literature-philosophie-histoire-sciences, textes rÃ©unis par HÃ©lÃ¨ne Cussac, sous la direction dâ€™HÃ©lÃ¨ne Cussac, dâ€™Anne Deneys-Tunney, et de Catriona Seth, QuÃ©bec, Les Presses de lâ€™UniversitÃ© Laval, 2009.Â Professor GallouÃ«t has also presented two lectures: â€œMemories of Indochine,â€� Introduction, Screening, and Discussion, The Thomas and Catharine McMahon Lecture Series, Wesleyan University, April 15, 2010; a Seminar, â€˜GenÃ¨se du film "MÃ©moires dâ€™Indochineâ€�,â€™ GenÃ¨se autobiographique et collecte des traces, ENS, CNRS. rue dâ€™Ulm, Paris, January 16, 2010; and â€˜Le goÃ»t du vin chez Marivaux,â€™ â€˜Taste in the Eighteenth Century,â€™ Seventh Landau-Paris Symposium on the Eighteenth century UniversitÃ¤t Koblenz-Landau, Germany October 2009.
Vasiliki Grigoropoulou (Philosophy, University of Athens) is the author of â€˜Desire and Will: The Sentient and Moral Self in Locke and Rousseauâ€™, in Rousseau and Desire, edited by M. Blackell, J. Duncan, and S. Kow (Toronto University Press, 2009) and also of Â â€˜Displacement of Nature into Society: Â Rousseau between Spinoza and Kantâ€™, in Philosophical Writings (36).
Julie Hayes (Languages and Literatures, University of Massachusetts at Amherst) has published â€œFriendship and the Female Moralist,â€� in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 39 (2010).Â 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 â€œThe Mansfield Theatricals and the Controversy over the Stageâ€� 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. Â 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 â€œAnna Maria Falconbridge,â€� in Dictionary of African Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates & Emmanuel K. Akyeampong. (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2011); â€œEmpire,â€� in Samuel Johnson in Context, ed. Jack LynchÂ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011); and â€œHaving Text: Desire and Language in Haywood's Love in Excess and The Distressed Orphan.â€� Eighteenth-Century Fiction (Winter 2009-2010 issue).Â 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). Â Â 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, â€œA Picture is Worth a Thousand Words or Less,â€� at Mount St. Vincent College in May, 2010.
Dennis Mahoney (German, University of Vermont) reports that â€œRomanticizing the Everyday: Penelope Fitzgerald's â€˜The Blue Flower,â€™â€� based on the talk he gave at the 2005 NEASECS meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick on â€œThe Eighteenth-Century Everyday,â€� has appeared in BlÃ¼thenstaub: Jahrbuch fÃ¼r FrÃ¼hromantik 2 (2009), 277-289.
Mira Morgenstern (Political Science, City University of New York) has published â€œPolitics In/Of the City: Love, Modernity, and Strangeness in the City of Jean-Jacques Rousseauâ€� 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 Mulvihillâ€™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 KÃ¶hler, is included in retrospectives of KÃ¶hlerâ€™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 Leadbeaterâ€™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 â€œOn the Trail of the Butterfly: D. H. Hwang and Transformationâ€� in Beyond Adaptation: Radical Transformations of Original Works, ed. Phyllis Frus and Christy Williams (McFarÂland, 2010).Â Her work of fiction â€œBad Company,â€� was published in the e-magazine Stone's Throw; and another, â€œA Tale of Two Sisters,â€� received honorable mention in the Lorin Tarr Gill writing contest.Â On June 19 Professor Ross will present â€œA Goldfish Out of Water: Miyazaki's Little Mermaidâ€� 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 (IndepenÂdent 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 â€œwhat ought to beâ€� 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. Â He is also the host of the public radio show â€œWhy? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life,â€� a live call-in philosophy show.Â 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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