New: Eighteenth Century Reading Group

A rabid dog terrorizing a coffee house in 18th century England.
Detail from “A Mad Dog in a Coffee-House”, watercolour by Thomas Rowlandson.

January 2016 sees the inauguration of a new reading group at the University of Sheffield dedicated to all things eighteenth century. This is a postgraduate initiative, and will meet on Tuesday lunchtimes (12-1pm).

The first session (19th January) will focus on dress and criminality in eigteenth-century literature, with further sessions scheduled in responses to the French Revolution (Burke, Paine, Wollstencraft), Aesthetics and criticism (Blair, Dennis, Burke), travel and travel writing, satire, print culture, and women poets.

Reading will be sent out in advance, though participants are encouraged to bring their own work or texts to the table. There are also openings later in the semester for those who wish to test out a conference paper or share some work in progress.

“We hope this will be a lively and supportive way to share our work and ideas on the Eighteenth Century,” says organiser Alison Horgan, whose own research focuses on the publication, reception and influence of Thomas Percy’s Reliques.

For more information including details of the current programme, visit the Sheffield University Eighteenth Century Reading Group’s page on Facebook. (The venue is yet to be confirmed.)