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Can We Taste The Past?
Published by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (SECC) is an annual, peer-reviewed volume devoted to publishing revised and expanded versions of scholarship first presented at the national and...
Defending Privilege – Q&A with author Nicole Mansfield Wright
Some reviewers have described Defending Privilege as an explainer of the historical roots of our current political warfare. How does your book illuminate current events? These days, government leaders, cable hosts, journalists, and protestors are battling to...
Downward Mobility - Q&A with author Katherine Binhammer
Katherine Binhammer answers questions about her new book Downward Mobility: The Form of Capital and the Sentimental Novel. Your book on downward mobility in eighteenth-century literature was published right before a pandemic-induced recession. How might...
The Edge of Seventeen
What did it mean to be an adolescent in the British eighteenth century? According to one influential argument, there simply was no such thing; the idea that youth represented a distinct life stage is, by this light, a modern invention only anachronistically...
Postcolonial Theory Is Alive and Well
In the first issue of the 2018-19 volume of Eighteenth Century Studies, Editor Sean Moore brought together a collection of papers focused on postcolonial theory and empire studies, a field which has been prematurely eulogized, according to Moore's introduction...
Let There Be Enlightenment
Most people think that the Enlightenment was the “age of reason,” characterized by the emergence of rational approaches to socio-political problems, the rise of religious toleration, and the decline of devout fanaticism. In describing the learned culture of...
Satire: From Alexander Pope to SNL
When Andrew Benjamin Bricker watches Saturday Night Live or the Jordan Peele film Get Out, he thinks of the eighteenth century. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Literary Studies at Ghent University in Belgium, Bricker recently published "After the...
Writing to the World
Since the 2016 presidential election, we have had almost daily reminders of the prevalence of “fake news” in our new, Facebook and Twitter-reliant media landscape. Frequently, the blame for this phenomenon falls on the media themselves, as commentators...