Past Events

Spring 2018 Schedule

Thursday, April 5: Yasmin Solomonescu, Assistant Professor in English, University of Notre Dame
“Emma and the ‘Chimera of Relativism’”
Rosenwald 405, 5-6:30 pm
Please note the unusual date and time

Tuesday, April 17: Kevin King, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
“Dickens’s Many Bozwells: The Case of George Gissing”
Rosenwald 405, 5-6:30 pm

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28: The Annual Meeting of the Johnson Society of the Central Region
A Symposium of Current Work in 18th-Century Studies
Rosenwald 405, 1:30-5pm Friday, 10:30-5:00pm Saturday

Tuesday, May 1: Sam Rowe, Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Humanities, University of Chicago
“Three Logics of Equality in Godwin”
Rosenwald 405, 5-6:30 pm

Tuesday, May 29: Allison Turner, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
Title TBA
Rosenwald 405, 5-6:30 pm

Winter 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, January 10: Katie Nolan, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
“She Objects: On the (Im)mobility of Women in the 18th-Century Novel”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Wednesday, January 24: David Womble, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
“The Body on the Moor: Wuthering Heights, Depopulation, and the Solitary Scene of Species Life”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Wednesday, February 7: 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”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Wednesday, February 21: Zach Samalin, Assistant Professor in English, University of Chicago
“The Odor of Things”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Wednesday, March 7: Lucy Hartley, Professor in English, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
“’A Crisis of History’: Poverty and Progress”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Friday, March 9: Nathan Hensley, Assistant Professor of English, Georgetown University
“Ecological Formalism; or, Love among the Ruins”
Rosenwald 405, 12-1:30 pm
Please note the unusual date and time

Fall 2017

Wednesday, October 4: Amanda Shubert,  PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
“Conjuring Cranford: Apparitions, Natural Magic and Narration”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Wednesday, October 18: Lauren Schachter, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
“Godwin’s Grammar: Wishful Thinking with a Rule”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Wednesday, November 1: Please join us for a discussion of two readings
Short readings: “Natural History of German Life” by George Eliot and “The Living and its Milieu” by Georges Canguilhem and John Savage
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Wednesday, November 15: 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”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Tuesday, November 28: Wendy Lee, Assistant Professor in English, New York University
“A Brief History of the Prude”
Center for Gender and Sexuality, 4:30-6 pm
Please note the unusual place and time
Co-sponsored with Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop

Spring 2017

Thursday, April 6: Thomas Dikant, Post-doc in English, University of Chicago
“Describing Murder: Anna Katharine Green’s Criminal Procedure”
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM

Thursday, April 20: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Associate Professor of History, University of Chicago
“Inventing the Holocene: Climate, Deep Time, and Civilization in Victorian Britain”
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM

Thursday, May 4: Allison Turner, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
“Landscape with Figures: Reimagining the Forest”
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM

Monday, May 8: Caroline Heller, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
“Vernal Reading: Season Circumstance in Anna Letitia Barbauld’s Hymns in Prose for Children
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM (please note the unusual day)
Co-sponsored with Poetry and Poetics

Thursday, May 18: Amanda Jo Goldstein, Assistant Professor in English, Cornell University
“Planetary Justice for Charles Fourier”
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM

Thursday, June 1: Elaine Hadley, Professor in English, University of Chicago
“Becker the Obscure: Modeling Human Capital”
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM

 

Winter 2017

Thursday, January 12: Katie Nolan, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
“States of Undress: The Eroticism of Clothing in the 18th-Century Novel”
Wieboldt 207, 4:30-6 PM

Thursday, January 26: Anahid Nersessian, Assistant Professor of English, UCLA
“Wordsworth’s Obscurity”
Classics 22, 4:30-6 PM (please note the unusual location)
Co-sponsored with Poetry and Poetics

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Thursday, February 23: David Womble, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
“The Physiology of the Multitude”
Walker 403, 4:30-6 pm (please note the unusual location)

Monday, March 6: 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”
Room TBA
Co-sponsored with Poetry and Poetics

Thursday, March 9: Jessica Peritz, PhD Candidate in Music, University of Chicago
“Castrati of Sensibility, or, the Politics of Voice in Enlightenment Italy”
Wieboldt 207, 4:30-6 pm

Autumn 2016

Thursday, October 6: Nasser Mufti, Assistant Professor of English, UIC
“A Historical Novel about Nothing: Nostromo, Civil War and the New Imperialism”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 PM

Thursday, October 20: Ian Caveny, MAPH Alumnus
“Metafictionality and the Liminal in George MacDonald’s ‘The Golden Key’”
Walker 403, 4:30-6 PM (please note the unusual location)

Thursday, November 3: join us for a drink and discussion at Seven-Ten Lanes!
Short reading: “Kant’s Dermatology, or the Racialization of Skin,” by Irene Tucker
1055 E. 55th St., 5:30 pm

Thursday, November 17: Sam Rowe, PhD Candidate in English
“Matthew Lewis and the Gothic Face”
Walker 403 (please note the unusual location)

Thursday, December 1: Dustin Brown, PhD Candidate in English
Title TBA
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Cosponsored Events

Thursday, October 27: a lecture by 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 (cosponsored 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 (cosponsored 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

Thursday, April 7: Sam Rowe, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
“Strange Diligence”: Lovelace and the Rake Ethic
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Thursday, May 5: Susan Wolfson, Professor of English, Princeton University
Wordsworth’s Words: What’s in a Name?
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm
Cosponsored with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop

Wednesday, May 18: Jonathan Schroeder, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
The Circulation of Nostalgia: Bodies of Knowledge, Geographies of Emotion, and the Bonds of Empire
Walker 403, 4:30-6 pm

Monday, May 23: Benjamin Morgan, Assistant Professor of English, University of Chicago
Fin Du Globe“: On Decadent Planets
Foster 103/104, 12-1:20 pm
Cosponsored with the C20/21 Workshop

Winter 2015

Thursday, January 14: Michael Dango, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
Jeremy Bentham’s Queer Theory: Space and Action
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Monday, February 8: 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
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm
Cosponsored with the Mass Culture Workshop

Monday, February 15: David Womble, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
Afterlives of the Senses: Physiological Death and Late-Victorian Poetry
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 pm
Cosponsored with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop

Thursday, February 25: Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Chair and Professor of English, Northeastern University
Performance, Materiality, and Aesthetics in the Atlantic World: From Jonkonnu to Yankee Doodle Dandy
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 pm
Cosponsored with the American Cultures Workshop

Thursday, March 10: Cynthia Wall, Professor of English, University of Virginia
Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Print, and Narrative
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 pm

Autumn 2015

Wednesday, October 7: David Kurnick, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers
“Eros and Quantification: The Application of Persuasion”
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM (please note the unusual time and location)

Thursday, October 22: Cass Picken, PhD Candidate in English, University of Chicago
On reproduction in the pre-emancipation West Indies
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 PM

Thursday, November 5: Alexis Chema, PhD Candidate in English, Yale
“A tongue in every star: Wordsworth, Barbauld, and Excessive Figuration”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 PM

Wednesday, November 18: Mathias Mietzelfeld, PhD Student in English, University of Chicago
“‘Fenimore Cooper’s Crime Scenes”
Rosenwald 432, 4:30-6 PM (please note the unusual time and location)

Friday, November 20: Mary Nyquist, Professor of English, University of Toronto
“‘Milton and Defoe: Friday as ‘Fit Help’”
Harper 148, 4:00-5:30 PM (please note the unusual time and location)
Co-sponsored with the Renaissance Workshop

Thursday, December 3: Oliver Cussen, PhD Student in History, University of Chicago
“Experiments in Empire: The Global Civil Society of Old Regime France”
Rosenwald 405, 4:30-6 PM

Spring 2015 Schedule

All events take place from 4:30-6:00 unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, April 9

Tristan Schweiger, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
“Squirearchy and Union: The Country Patriarchs of Owenson, Edgeworth, and Scott”
Rosenwald 405

 

Thursday, April 23
David Womble, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
“Malthus and Bentham in the Gothic Novel, 1796-1817”
Rosenwald 432

 

Friday, May 8, 12:00-1:30 pm
Lynn Festa, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University
“Lousy Bodies”
Logan 801
Co-sponsored by the Animal Studies Workshop with support from the Nicholson Center for British Studies
Please note the unusual day and time.

 

Thursday, May 21
Emily Rohrbach, Assistant Professor of English, Northwestern University
“Reimagining Transatlantic Literary Relations: Keats Reading Wieland
Rosenwald 432
Co-sponsored by the American Cultures Workshop

 

Thursday, June 4
Martha Feldman, Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music and
Humanities in the College, University of Chicago
“Castrato De Luxe: Blood, Gifts, and Goods”
Rosenwald 405

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Winter 2015 Schedule

All events take place from 4:30-6:00


Thursday, January 15

Andrew Inchiosa, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
“The Antiquaries’ Archives”
Rosenwald 405

 

Thursday, January 29
David Diamond, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
“Fielding’s ‘Diagnostics’ of Nature: A Calvinist Inheritance”
Rosenwald 432

 

Thursday, February 12
Mollie McFee, PhD Student, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
“Legal Translation and the Specters of Race: Abolition and Empire in Sommersett v. Stewart”
Rosenwald 432

 

Thursday, February 26
Dustin Brown, PhD Student, English, University of Chicago
“George Gissing, Late-Victorian Psychology, and the Novel Aesthetics of Withdrawal”
Rosenwald 432

 

Tuesday, March 3
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”
Study of Gender and Sexuality (5733 S. University Avenue), first floor
Co-sponsored with the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop

 

Thursday, March 12
Cannon Schmitt, Professor of English, University of Toronto
“How to Read the Surface of the Sea”
Rosenwald 405

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Fall 2014 Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in Rosenwald 405 from 4:30-6:00pm


Thursday, October 9
Cass Picken, PhD student, English, University of Chicago
“Imperial Rents and Laissez-Faire Sentimentality in Maria Edgeworth’s Irish Tales”


Monday, October 20, 12:00-1:30pm
(please note unusual day and time)
Carolyn Steedman, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Warwick
“An Everyday Life of the English Working Class: Work, Self and Sociability”


Thursday, November 6
Michael Dango, PhD student, English, University of Chicago
“The Utility of Focalization: Action and Representation in Phineas Finn


Thursday, November 20
Sam Rowe, PhD student, English, University of Chicago
“Acquisitive Desire and Characterization in 18th-century British Fiction”


Thursday, December 4

Joel Calahan, PhD student, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago
Title TBA
Cosponsored with the Poetry and Poetics workshop


Monday, December 8

Lauren Schachter, PhD student, English, University of Chicago
“‘Well calculated for eloquence’: Anna Laetitia Barbauld and Diffusive Style”
Cosponsored with the Poetry and Poetics workshop

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Spring 2014

Thursday, April 10

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)”

 

Thursday, April 17

Zach Samalin, PhD, English, CUNY Graduate Center

“Plumbing the Depths, Scouring the Surface: Henry Mayhew’s Scavenger Hermeneutics”

 

Thursday, April 24

Chris Taylor, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago

“The Political Economy of Neglect”

 

Thursday, May 8

Tristan Schweiger, PhD Student, Department of English, University of Chicago

“Planters and nabobs: Colonial agents and the homecoming of capital in Grainger and Foote”

 

Thursday May 29

Aidan Beaty, PhD student, Department of History, University of Chicago

“Organised Manhood: Bodily Regeneration in Irish Nationalism”

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Winter 2014

 

Thursday, January 16th, 4:30-6pm, Rosenwald 405

Cass Picken, Department of English, University of Chicago

“Provinces of Modernity: Romanticism and the Political Economy of Space” (Dissertation Proposal)

 

Thursday, January 23rd, 4:30-6pm, Rosenwald 405

Tony Brown, Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota

“Mandeville’s Ananas” (from his book project Statelessness: On Almost not Existing in the Enlightenment)

 

Thursday, February 6th, 4:30-6pm, Rosenwald 405

Heather Keenleyside, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago

Title TBA (from her book project On Animals and Other People)

 

Thursday, February 20th, 4:30-6pm, Rosenwald 405

Ruth Mack, Associate Professor of English at the University of Buffalo

“Hogarth’s Practical Aesthetics”

 

Monday, February 24th, 4:30-6pm, Rosenwald 405

(In conjunction with the Poetry & Poetics Workshop)

 

Michael Hansen, Department of English, University of Chicago

Title TBA (On Hallam, Tennyson, and Moral Philosophy)

 

Thursday, March 6th, 4:30-6pm, Rosenwald 405

Kristian Kerr, Department of English, University of Chicago

“Classical sensations: Bulwer-Lytton and the novel in the 1830s”

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Fall 2013

 

Thursday, October 10, 4:30pm, Rosenwald 405

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.”

 

Tuesday, October 29, 4:30pm, Rosenwald 405

Suzanne Taylor, PhD student, University of Chicago

“So Close a Connection: Painful Associations in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa

 

Wednesday, November 6, 4:30pm, Harper 145

Isobel Armstrong, Emeritus Professor of English, Birbeck, University of London

“Emotions and Language: The Category of the Perlocutionary”

 

Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 12pm, Rosenwald 405

Ian Baucom, Professor of English, Duke University

Title TBA

 

Friday, Nov. 15th, 12pm, Rosenwald 405

Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University

“Syllabics and Cinquains: Re-thinking early 20th-century rhythm” (with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop)

 

Monday, Nov. 18th, 4:30pm, Rosenwald 405

Sam Rowe, PhD student, University of Chicago

“Coleridgean Kink: Christabel, Metrical Masochism, and the Question of Poetic Form” (with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop)

 

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 4:30pm, Rosenwald 405

Erin Nerstad, PhD student, University of Chicago

“Coleridge’s Unitarian Conversations” (with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop)

 

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Spring 2013

 

Thursday, April 18, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

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*

 

Thursday, April 25, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Aleksandr Prigozhin, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago

“The Weather of Modernity: Atmosphere and Mass Society in The Secret Agent

 

Thursday, May 9, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

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.

 

Thursday, May 23, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Rachel Ablow, Associate Professor of English, SUNY Buffalo

“‘Natural Magic’: Harriet Martineau and the Body in Pain”

 

Thursday, June 6, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Mark Wollaeger, Professor of English, Vanderbilt University

TBA

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Winter 2013

Thursday, January 17, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

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”

 

Thursday, January 31, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Erin Nerstad, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago

“‘Echo’s Pent Reverberant Store’: Heavenly Song in Christina Rossetti’s Roundels”

*Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Poetics Workshop*

 

Thursday, February 14, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Jamil Mustafa, Professor of English, Lewis University

“Haunting ‘The Harlot’s House’”

 

Thursday, February 28, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

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”

 

Thursday, March 14, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Assistant Professor of British History, University of Chicago

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Autumn 2012

Thursday, October 11, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Tristan Schweiger, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago

“A dissenter’s absolutist fantasies: The strange, surprising politics of Robinson Crusoe

 

Thursday, November 8, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Suzanne Taylor, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Chicago

“Deviant Connections in Choderlos de Laclos’s Les Liaisons dangereuses”

 

Thursday, November 29, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

Nicole Wright, Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of English, University of Chicago

T.B.A

 

Thursday, December 6, 4:30, Rosenwald 405

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”

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