Winter 2020

  • Madison Chapman, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “Byron’s Queer Grief, Form and the Thyrza Cycle”
  • Jennifer Yida Pan, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Narrative Guns”
  • Special Collections “Show-and-Tell” with Dr. Alexis Chema and Dr. Eric Slauter
  • Helen Thompson, Professor of English, Northwestern University
    “Pernicious Science:  Artifice and the Form of Narrative in Eliza Haywood’s Secret Histories”
  • Rebeca Velasquez, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “Martial Law, the Limits of Liberal Governance, and George Eliot’s Felix Holt

Fall 2019

  • Zarena Aslami, Associate Professor of English, Michigan State University
    “Victorian Afghanistan, the Iron Amir, and the Poetics of Marginal Sovereignty”
  • Elaine Hadley, Professor of English, University of Chicago
    “Equality or Equilibrium: Time Travelling with Economics”
  • Amanda Shubert, Humanities Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago
    “Magic in Cranford
  • Katie Nolan, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago
    “‘Playing for Keeps’: Sentimental Women and the Vices of Objectification”

Spring 2019

  • Priyanka Jacob, Assistant Professor of English: Loyola University Chicago
    “What the City Keeps: Secrets and Hoards in Little Dorrit”
  • Roundtable: “The Return of the 19th Century?”
      • Zachary Samalin, Assistant Professor of English, University of Chicago; Benjamin Morgan, Associate Professor of English, University of Chicago; Anna Kornbluh, Associate Professor of English, University of Illinois, Chicago; Nasser Mufti, Associate Professor of English, University of Illinois, Chicago || Logan 802, 4:30-6pm with 6-7pm reception
        *This is a joint event co-sponsored by the 20th and 21st Century Cultures Workshop with support from the Franke Institute for the Humanities*
  • Dr. Jill Gage, archivist: Guided Tour of the Newberry Library with Presentation of Archival Materials
  • Charlotte Saul, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “Collecting eccentric characters at the turn of the 19th century”
  • Adam Fales, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “Paradise Regained: Reserializing E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand.”

Winter 2019

  • Matthew Boulette, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “On the Inertia of Appetite: Transient Relations from the Chinatown Opium Scene”
  • Julia Rossi, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “The Ethics of Undetachability: Henry James and the Necessity of Contextual Reading”
  • Caroline Heller, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Elegiac Care: Ecological Responsibility in the Melancholic Poetics of Charlotte Smith”
  • Lauren Schachter, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Supplying the Omission: Priestley’s Futures in Grammar and Biography”
  • Dr. Stefano Evangelista, Associate Professor of English, Trinity College, Oxford
    *Co-sponsored by the 20th and 21st Century Workshop*

Fall 2018

  • Sarah Johnson, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in English, University of Chicago
    “Maroon Hatchets: Victor Séjour’s Severed Frame”
  • Katie Nolan, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Cost-Benefit Analysis: Circulating Women and the Virtues of Objectification”
  • David Womble, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “What Climate Did to Consent, 1748-1818”

Spring 2018

  • Yasmin Solomonescu, Assistant Professor in English, University of Notre Dame
    “Emma and the ‘Chimera of Relativism’”
  • Kevin King, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “Dickens’s Many Bozwells: The Case of George Gissing”
  • The Annual Meeting of the Johnson Society of the Central Region: A Symposium of Current Work in 18th-Century Studies || Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28
  • Sam Rowe, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Humanities, University of Chicago
    “Three Logics of Equality in Godwin”
  • Allison Turner, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    Title TBA

Winter 2018

  • Katie Nolan, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “She Objects: On the (Im)mobility of Women in the 18th-Century Novel”
  • David Womble, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “The Body on the Moor: Wuthering Heights, Depopulation, and the Solitary Scene of Species Life”
  • Isaac Mier, MAPH Student, University of Chicago
    “The Illusions of Slavery: Law vs. Legitimacy and the Declaration of Independence in Dred and A Heroic Slave”
  • Zach Samalin, Assistant Professor in English, University of Chicago
    “The Odor of Things”
  • Lucy Hartley, Professor in English, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    “‘A Crisis of History’: Poverty and Progress”
  • Nathan Hensley, Assistant Professor of English, Georgetown University
    “Ecological Formalism; or, Love among the Ruins”

Fall 2017

  • Amanda Shubert, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Conjuring Cranford: Apparitions, Natural Magic and Narration”
  • Lauren Schachter, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Godwin’s Grammar: Wishful Thinking with a Rule”
  • Anna K. Sagal, PhD, 2017-18 Monticello College Foundation & Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel Fellow, Newberry Library
    “Women’s Botanical Textbooks: From Native Blooms to Monster Plants”
  • Wendy Lee, Assistant Professor in English, New York University
    “A Brief History of the Prude”
    *Co-sponsored with Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop*

Spring 2017

  • Thomas Dikant, Postdoctoral Scholar in English, University of Chicago
    “Describing Murder: Anna Katharine Green’s Criminal Procedure”
  • Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago
    “Inventing the Holocene: Climate, Deep Time, and Civilization in Victorian Britain”
  • Allison Turner, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Landscape with Figures: Reimagining the Forest
  • Caroline Heller, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “Vernal Reading: Season Circumstance in Anna Letitia Barbauld’s Hymns in Prose for Children
    *Co-sponsored with Poetry and Poetics*
  • Amanda Jo Goldstein, Assistant Professor in English, Cornell University
    “Planetary Justice for Charles Fourier”
  • Elaine Hadley, Professor in English, University of Chicago
    “Becker the Obscure: Modeling Human Capital”

Winter 2017

  • Katie Nolan, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “States of Undress: The Eroticism of Clothing in the 18th-Century Novel”
  • Anahid Nersessian, Assistant Professor of English, UCLA
    “Wordsworth’s Obscurity”
    *Co-sponsored with Poetry and Poetics*
  • David Womble, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “The Physiology of the Multitude”
  • Eric Powell, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “How to Do Things With Poems: Shelley’s Queen Mab, the Radical Press, and the English Working Class”
    *Co-sponsored with Poetry and Poetics*
  • Jessica Peritz, PhD Candidate in Music, University of Chicago
    “Castrati of Sensibility, or, the Politics of Voice in Enlightenment Italy”

Autumn 2016

  • Nasser Mufti, Assistant Professor of English, UIC
    “A Historical Novel about Nothing: Nostromo, Civil War and the New Imperialism”
  • Ian Caveny, MAPH Alumnus
    “Metafictionality and the Liminal in George MacDonald’s ‘The Golden Key’”
  • Sam Rowe, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Matthew Lewis and the Gothic Face”
  • Dustin Brown, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    TBA

Co-sponsored Events

  • Thursday, October 27: Simon Gikandi, Schirmer Professor English, Princeton University. “The Spaces of Enslavement: Rethinking the Architecture of the Castle/Dungeon.” Franke Institute at 1100 E. 57th St., 5:30 pm (co-sponsored with the Slavery and Visual Culture working group)
  • Friday, October 28: a workshop with Simon Gikandi, Schirmer Professor of English, Princeton University; CSRPC at 5733 S. University Ave., 10 am (co-sponsored with the Slavery and Visual Culture working group)
  • Wednesday, November 16: a workshop with Monique Allewaert, Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Location TBA (cosponsored with the 20th- and 21st-Century Workshop)

Spring 2016

  • Sam Rowe, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    ““Strange Diligence”: Lovelace and the Rake Ethic”
  • Susan Wolfson, Professor of English, Princeton University
    “Wordsworth’s Words: What’s in a Name”
    *Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop*
  • Jonathan Schroeder, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “The Circulation of Nostalgia: Bodies of Knowledge, Geographies of Emotion, and the Bonds of Empire”
  • Benjamin Morgan, Assistant Professor of English, University of Chicago
    Fin Du Globe”: On Decadent Planets
    *Co-sponsored with the C20/21 Workshop*

Winter 2015

  • Michael Dango, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    Jeremy Bentham’s Queer Theory: Space and Action
  • Amanda Shubert, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “‘A bright continuous flow’”: Magic Lantern Phantasmagoria and Historical Fiction in A Tale of Two Cities || *Co-sponsored with the Mass Culture Workshop*
  • David Womble, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “Afterlives of the Senses: Physiological Death and Late-Victorian Poetry
    *Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop*
  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Chair and Professor of English, Northeastern University
    “Performance, Materiality, and Aesthetics in the Atlantic World: From Jonkonnu to Yankee Doodle Dandy”
    *Co-sponsored with the American Cultures Workshop*
  • Cynthia Wall, Professor of English, University of Virginia
    “Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Print, and Narrative”

Autumn 2015

  • David Kurnick, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers
    “Eros and Quantification: The Application of Persuasion”
  • Cass Picken, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
    “On reproduction in the pre-emancipation West Indies”
  • Alexis Chema, PhD Candidate in English, Yale
    “A tongue in every star: Wordsworth, Barbauld, and Excessive Figuration”
  • Mathias Mietzelfeld, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
    “Fenimore Cooper’s Crime Scenes”
  • Mary Nyquist, Professor of English, University of Toronto
    “Milton and Defoe: Friday as ‘Fit Help’”
    *Co-sponsored with the Renaissance Workshop*
  • Oliver Cussen, PhD Student in History, University of Chicago
    “Experiments in Empire: The Global Civil Society of Old Regime France”

Spring 2015

  • Tristan Schweiger, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
    “Squirearchy and Union: The Country Patriarchs of Owenson, Edgeworth, and Scott”
  • David Womble, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
    “Malthus and Bentham in the Gothic Novel, 1796-1817”
  • Lynn Festa, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University: “Lousy Bodies”
    *Co-sponsored by the Animal Studies Workshop with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies*
  • Emily Rohrbach, Assistant Professor of English, Northwestern University
    “Reimagining Transatlantic Literary Relations: Keats Reading Wieland
    *Co-sponsored by the American Cultures Workshop*
  • Martha Feldman, Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music and Humanities in the College, University of Chicago
    “Castrato De Luxe: Blood, Gifts, and Goods”

Winter 2015

  • Andrew Inchiosa, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
    “The Antiquaries’ Archives”
  • David Diamond, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
    “Fielding’s ‘Diagnostics’ of Nature: A Calvinist Inheritance”
  • Mollie McFee, PhD Student, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
    “Legal Translation and the Specters of Race: Abolition and Empire in Sommersett v. Stewart”
  • Dustin Brown, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
    “George Gissing, Late-Victorian Psychology, and the Novel Aesthetics of Withdrawal”
  • Kay Dian Criz, Professor Emerita of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, University of Chicago
    “A Conversation on the Visual Construction of Mulatas: Slavery and Abolition in the Spanish- and English-speaking Colonial Caribbean”
    *Co-sponsored with the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop*
  • Cannon Schmitt, Professor of English, University of Toronto
    “How to Read the Surface of the Sea”

Fall 2014

  • Cass Picken, PhD student, English, University of Chicago
    “Imperial Rents and Laissez-Faire Sentimentality in Maria Edgeworth’s Irish Tales”
  • Carolyn Steedman, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Warwick
    “An Everyday Life of the English Working Class: Work, Self and Sociability”
  • Michael Dango, PhD student, English, University of Chicago
    “The Utility of Focalization: Action and Representation in Phineas Finn
  • Sam Rowe, PhD student, English, University of Chicago
    “Acquisitive Desire and Characterization in 18th-century British Fiction”
  • Joel Calahan, PhD student, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
    Title TBA
    *Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Poetics workshop*
  • Lauren Schachter, PhD student, English, University of Chicago: “‘Well calculated for eloquence’: Anna Laetitia Barbauld and Diffusive Style”
    *Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Poetics workshop*

Spring 2014

  • Doris Garraway, Associate Professor of French, Northwestern University: “Writing Abolitionism from the Abolitionist State of Haiti: Transnationalism, Sentiment, and Agency in the Baron de Vastey’s Colonial System Unveiled (1814)”
  • Zach Samalin, PhD, English, CUNY Graduate Center: “Plumbing the Depths, Scouring the Surface: Henry Mayhew’s Scavenger Hermeneutics”
  • Chris Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago: “The Political Economy of Neglect”
  • Tristan Schweiger, PhD Student, Department of English, University of Chicago: “Planters and nabobs: Colonial agents and the homecoming of capital in Grainger and Foote”
  • Aidan Beaty, PhD student, Department of History, University of Chicago: “Organised Manhood: Bodily Regeneration in Irish Nationalism”

  Winter 2014

  • Cass Picken, Department of English, University of Chicago: “Provinces of Modernity: Romanticism and the Political Economy of Space”
  • Tony Brown, Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota: “Mandeville’s Ananas” (from Statelessness: On Almost not Existing in the Enlightenment)
  • Heather Keenleyside, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago: Title TBA (from On Animals and Other People)
  • Ruth Mack, Associate Professor of English at the University of Buffalo: “Hogarth’s Practical Aesthetics”
  • Michael Hansen, Department of English, University of Chicago: Title TBA (On Hallam, Tennyson, and Moral Philosophy); *Co-sponsored with the Poetry & Poetics Workshop*
  • Kristian Kerr, Department of English, University of Chicago: “Classical sensations: Bulwer-Lytton and the novel in the 1830s”

Fall 2013

  • David Diamond, PhD student, University of Chicago: “Sex and Speculative Investment: Interest as Desire in Eliza Haywood’s ‘Secret History’ of the South Sea Bubble.”
  • Suzanne Taylor, PhD student, University of Chicago: “So Close a Connection: Painful Associations in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa
  • Isobel Armstrong, Emeritus Professor of English, Birbeck, University of London: “Emotions and Language: The Category of the Perlocutionary”
  • Ian Baucom, Professor of English, Duke University: TBA
  • Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University: “Syllabics and Cinquains: Re-thinking early 20th-century rhythm”; * Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop*
  • Sam Rowe, PhD student, University of Chicago: “Coleridgean Kink: Christabel, Metrical Masochism, and the Question of Poetic Form” (with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop)
  • Erin Nerstad, PhD student, University of Chicago: “Coleridge’s Unitarian Conversations” (with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop)

Spring 2013

  • Andrew Piper, Associate Professor of German and European Literature, McGill University: “Reading’s Refrain: From Bibliography to Topology”; *Co-sponsored with the New Media Workshop
  • Aleksandr Prigozhin, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago: “The Weather of Modernity: Atmosphere and Mass Society in The Secret Agent
  • Jutta Toelle, Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago; Assistant Professor, Music Department, Humboldt-Universität Berlin: “Music and Civilization: Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels and the Jesuits”
  • Rachel Ablow, Associate Professor of English, SUNY Buffalo: “‘Natural Magic’: Harriet Martineau and the Body in Pain”
  • Mark Wollaeger, Professor of English, Vanderbilt University: TBA

Winter 2013

  • David Diamond, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago: “Character and the Credit Revolution: Parole, Property, and Perspicuity in Aphra Behn’s Love Letters and Oroonoko
  • Erin Nerstad, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago: “’Echo’s Pent Reverberant Store’: Heavenly Song in Christina Rossetti’s Roundel”; *Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop*
  • Jamil Mustafa, Professor of English, Lewis University: “Haunting ‘The Harlot’s House’
  • Lily Huang, Doctoral Candidate, History of Science, University of Chicago: “How Animals Think, How People Think, and What One Has to Do With the Other”
  • Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Assistant Professor of British History, University of Chicago: TBA

Autumn 2012

  • Tristan Schweiger, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago: “A dissenter’s absolutist fantasies: The strange, surprising politics of Robinson Crusoe
  • Suzanne Taylor, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago: “Deviant Connections in Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses”
  • Nicole Wright, Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of English, University of Chicago: TBA
  • Jonathan Ullyot, PhD in Comparative Literature, Full-Time Instructor in the Humanities Core, University of Chicago: “Henry James’s The Golden Bowl as a Failed Grail Narrative”