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Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Our faculty study this crucial period of literary history in a variety of national and colonial contexts, including American, British, Canadian, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In our scholarship and teaching, we situate literature in a rich variety of contexts and adopt a wide spectrum of theoretical perspectives, including book history, colonial discourse theory, ecocriticism, feminist theory, new economic criticism, new historicism, theories of the body and embodiment, urban theory, and the various methods informing Atlantic studies.

We are committed to nurturing the next generation of scholars. The eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cluster is unique in the English Department for providing graduate students with opportunities to publish their work: founded by Jennifer Lokash, the online, open-access journal At the Edge focuses on the long nineteenth century and has a mandate to nurture the work of emerging scholars. Don Nichol's research in textual history provides students with rare opportunities to undertake bibliographic research in eighteenth-century satire. Recent graduate courses have focused on Romanticism and the body; film adaptations of nineteenth-century American literary "classics"; colonial fantasies in early Canadian literature; and the relation between the "Woman Question," class, and religion in the works of George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell. Upcoming courses include "Games of City Life in America, 1790-1915," "Foundlings, Libertines and Prostitutes in 18th-Century Literature," and "Posthumanism and the Gothic." We have also supervised a substantial number of graduate dissertations and research essays.

Scholarship in the literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is a vibrant and vital part of the Department of English. Faculty have published recent articles in PMLA, The Times Literary Supplement, The Journal of Literature and Science, Children's Literature, At the Edge, Wordsworth Circle, ESQ, Regional Language Studies, Bodleian Library Record, Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts. In the recent past, faculty have edited collections like the multi-volume New Foundling Hospital for Wit and The Carlyle Encyclopedia, The Diary of Bishop Edward Field in 1844, and Les Français à Terre-Neuve: Une lieu mythique, une culture fantôme. Faculty working in this area have contributed chapters to the forthcoming study Pathways of Creativity in Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador.

Faculty have also developed and conducted memorable programs for undergraduate students at Harlow, Memorial's English campus: Don Nichol and Mary Walsh's Literary London program focused on eighteenth-century London and explored various cultures of satire; Annette Staveley and Michael Staveley's Literature and Landscape program focused on nineteenth-century Britain, exploring the rich relationship between literature and place.

We are eager to communicate with prospective students, so please don't hesitate to contact us.

Faculty Working in this Area

Mark Cumming

Valerie Legge

Andrew Loman

Jennifer Lokash

Don Nichol

Fiona Polack

Annette Staveley


Image Information: Gillray, James. "Doublures of characters; - or - striking resemblances in phisiognomy." Detail. 1798. Web. Library of Congress. 26 Feb. 2012.