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Friday, September 3rd, 2010
11:07 pm
I am considering joining the American Society for Eighteenth Century studies, and submitting an abstract for their annual meeting.  I was wondering if anyone has attended any of their events, is a member, or is familiar with their publications or the work of any of their members?  I plan on scheduling a meeting with a Graduate Faculty member at my University who is a member. I just thought it might be interesting to know if anyone here is at all familiar with ASECS.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
11:38 am
New community
I've just created crip_crit, for discussing the portrayal of disability in literature, film and TV. Whether you're interested in traumatic response and Stockholm Syndrome in Richardson, Bridget's disability in Tom Jones, sudden illness as a plot point, the general phenomenon of dying of grief (or would that be anorexia) or random fainting fits, come along and discuss it! You don't have to be disabled to join, just friendly.
Saturday, March 29th, 2008
5:42 pm
Some Suggested Reading
 I put this list together for

I don't know if anyone else is interested, but it's basically some Austen context (1780-1830), focussing especially on the French Revolution and the gothic. Hosted over at my blogger.

Current Mood: rushed
Friday, January 25th, 2008
12:51 pm
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Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, July 16th, 2007
1:14 pm
*looks around furtively*
I've been pretty much stuck in the flat for years with severe ME/CFIDS, too ill to work or study (undergrad took eight years, postgrad was a disaster after one term), and I'm getting very fed up with it. About the one thing they say is doable when you're ill like this is creative writing, and since I'm not exactly the next Rose Tremain, I've decided to try my hand at writing historical romances, Mills and Boon sort of thing. Hopefully I won't have to compromise my feminist principles too far, I've made a list of the basics and the really awful stuff (rape fantasy and the like) seemed fairly avoidable. Historical accuracy seems to be largely optional, but I'll follow it as far as the genre limits will allow.

I'm currently looking at the late 18th c for a setting, partly because it's popular anyway and partly because I enjoy it and reckon I'll find it quite easy to write. I'm planning to have a nice 18th c lit binge for a while, any suggestions as to what would be most useful? I've already got quite a lot of 18th c lit, I'm just curious as to what other people think would be the best for this purpose. Unfortunately I no longer have academic library access, so if I want to reread Love in Excess or The Female Quixote I'll have to get my own copy.

Also, my history is crap, it's basically just whatever I've gleaned from literature. Any suggestions about good websites or the sort of book I can get from the public library which might remedy this? I don't just mean historical events, I'm thinking about the practical stuff about how people lived, too.

And any other suggestions, while I'm here? Good historical situations to take advantage of, plot points, professions for my heroine or hero? The current joke with my boyfriend is that the hero will be called Sir Evelyn Trollope.
Monday, June 25th, 2007
4:55 pm
Questions for the dirty-minded amongst you
1) When did "fanny" start being used as a term for female genitalia? OED says 1879, but I thought "Fanny Hill" was deliberately chosen as a name for this reason? We've been discussing this with relation to Mansfield Park over in episodical.

2) I've just reread Carter's The Sadeian Woman, and in her précis of Justine she mentions that Justine's parents both die of grief, instantly it sounds, on discovering that they're financially ruined. I'm rather interested in the whole dying-of-grief phenomenon, which is usually only seen in young women who've been having man trouble, and usually takes a bit longer (Mme de Tourvel, Clarissa). Has anyone here read Sade and can tell me what actually happens? Heart attacks?
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
6:13 pm
New community for reading Mansfield Park
episodical has just been launched. This community will be used to for posting novels, a chapter at a time, to be read and discussed. Our first novel will be Jane Austen's controversial Mansfield Park, a tale of character and sensibility, marriage and class, wit and social critique. The reading will start on Monday 18 June and two or three chapters will be posted per week, along with links to a free audio recording so that you can listen along as well if you like.

Come and join us, and feel free to spread the word!
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
1:15 pm
Review - Mansfield Park; Jane Austen
Mansfield Park
Jane Austen
Fiction; Classic Literature

I think this is my favorite Jane Austen book so far, although I still have Persuasion and Northanger Abbey to read. Most Austen fans would not count Mansfield Park as a favorite, though, at least from what I’ve heard. It’s not that it’s a profoundly different book from the more popular Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility, but many people seem to dislike the main character, or at least are not as impressed by her, as by P&P’s Elizabeth Bennet or Emma’s Emma Woodhouse. It’s true that Fanny Price is a very different heroine than Lizzy or Emma, but her circumstances are profoundly different, too. She doesn’t have Lizzy’s spunk or Emma’s forthrightness, but Lizzy and Emma both have the advantage of being more secure in their surroundings, both financially and emotionally. Fanny has a lot working against her from the start.

A generation before Fanny’s birth, three sisters chose their paths of marriage: one to a respectable parson, one to a wealthy landowner, and the other to a basically worthless sloth. Fanny had the misfortune to be one of the numerous products of the latter. Her aunt, Mrs. Norris (married to the parson), convinces their other sister, the wealthy Mrs. Bertram, to take Fanny in as a ward. While this sounds like a kindness, it’s really only an ego booster for Mrs. Norris. She has no love for Fanny and from the day the poor girl comes to live with the Bertrams at Mansfield Park, she is never allowed to forget that she is the beneficiary of charity and should grovel, beg and prove her gratitude every waking second. Not only are there constant verbal reminders from her aunts, uncle and cousins, but Fanny’s status as a poor relation is made clear by her clothing, her rooms, the social functions she’s allowed to attend (or not), and even whether or not she has a horse to ride. It’s not that anyone is outwardly unkind to Fanny (except Mrs. Norris, at times) per se; she’s just a non-entity entirely dependent on the whims of her superior relations, and she’s always painfully aware of it.

The main event is the arrival of Henry and Mary Crawford, a brother and sister who proceed to turn things topsy-turvy in the circle of families around Mansfield Park with their somewhat laissez-faire, urban view on the rituals of courtship. The bittersweet backdrop to all this entanglement and game-playing is Fanny’s genuine, unrequited love for her cousin Edmund, one of the few people who treats her as an equal. Other reviewers have expressed disdain and frustration with Fanny, labeling her a boring, moralistic, judgmental prig, but I didn’t feel that way about her at all. I felt she handled herself and her situation 0the best she could, and the fact that she’s a plain, ordinary girl with none of Elizabeth Bennet’s wit or Emma Woodhouse’s beauty only makes her more human to me. I enjoyed it and will definitely read it again.
Sunday, March 11th, 2007
4:07 am
please dear god i need your help:

i am doing this visual aid sort of project for half of my english theory midterm and my visual aid is supposed to deal with periodization. i have resources for just about every period but i am lacking sources for the long 18th century. would anyone here mind pointing me in the direction of some good sites that have good information regarding literature of the long 18th century and what that literature entails? thanks!
Friday, December 8th, 2006
6:43 pm
Eckermann, nicht Goethes Freund
In an album of 17th century prints, that appeared in Russia (presumably in St Petersburg) by the end of 18th century, an authograph of certain Eckermann was found ("Eckermann, 17 Martz 1780"). This person, who stayed, probably, at Russian court, calculated prints in the album and got 99 of them. Does his name sounds to somebody?

В альбоме гравюр XVII в., оказавшемся в России (вероятно, СПб), по-видимому, в конце XVIII в., обнаружился автограф некого Эккермана ("Eckermann, 17 Martz 1780"), который этим недлинным весенним днем пересчитывал листы в альбоме и насчитал их 99. Известен ли кому-либо этот персонаж, находившийся, возможно, на русской службе?
Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
10:44 pm
Anne Yeardsley
Do any of you know any good resources for information/scholarship on the poet Anne Yeardsley? I've become quite taken with the one work of hers that made it into Lonsdale's anthology.
Friday, September 8th, 2006
10:51 am
Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders question: Circuit Pardon [ANSWERED]
I was reading Moll Flander’s by Daniel Defoe and have one question I haven’t been able to answer. I am very keen on doing research. However, I am living in Japan and sometimes finding criticism and other research difficult. If you know, and are able to provide this information off the top of your head I will be very grateful. Also, if you can point me in the way of a journal article or a book with such information I would also be extremely appreciative.

I am wondering what exactly a circuit pardon is. The section from Defoe’s text containing this term is as follows:

“My comrade, having the brand of an old offender, was executed; the young offender was spared, having obtained a reprieve, but lay starving a long while in prison till at last she got her name into what they call a circuit pardon and so came off” (Defoe 181)

Works Cited;

Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York, NY: Penguin Group, 1996.

Cross posted to: Academics_anon, English_majors, gradlitgeeks

Someone just helped me to this link:


it answers my question and gives me a good source
Sunday, August 20th, 2006
12:45 pm
Real-time Clarissa: call for a mod team
As you may be aware, following the real-time readings of Dracula and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which are currently running most successfully at dracula1897 and lesliaisons1782, we're planning to do the same thing with Richardson's mammoth novel Clarissa in January. It's the longest novel in the English language though a very great one, so we're going to need a team to get this working. There will be a variety of jobs that need doing, so you can sign up for anything you're interested in and do as much or as little as you like. For instance:

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If you're interested, leave a comment here so we can chat a bit, and then apply to join epistolary_mods, a closed community which is where the mods of the real-time reading groups discuss such thrilling matters as icons and proofreading. We're a nice bunch. You don't need to have read Clarissa already, there will still be jobs for you, but it'll help if a few people on the team have done so, and it'll be necessary to have a decent knowledge of the novel for some jobs.
Saturday, August 19th, 2006
10:13 pm
looking for publications in english
Quick intro, hi i'm sarah & my studies are in 18th century french social history, i basically study how people lived or the better part of it, people's dirty juicy scandals & gossip that made the century....& the fashion, arts, architecture, everday life, etc.

does anyone know of a place to buy the volumes of jeanne de la motte valois's memoirs? i found them in french but does anyone know of a publication in english?

much thanks!
Friday, July 28th, 2006
9:04 pm
When the game of seduction is played by experts. And played to the death.
Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In real-time. Join up and read along.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is an epistolary novel, meaning that it's written as a series of letters. On this community, they'll be appearing on the day they're dated, starting with Cécile Volanges's first letter on the 1st of August. The novel finishes in December with a single letter later in January, so we've got about five months. Posts will be made by the characters in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, who each have their own LJ account, but everyone will be able to comment. The novel will be posted in the original French and discussed in English, though you're welcome to start threads in French as well.

For more information, go to lesliaisons1782. Brought to you by elettaria and angevin2, and inspired by dracula1897.
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
5:22 pm
A question of you all
I hope that you can help me. 

I apologise if you read this anywhere else, it is x-posted like mad.

I am illustrating literature at the moment, and for an example, used a line from Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh "I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world and still bring him back with a twitch upon the thread".

This seems to have worked well, and I was wondering what line has made an impact on you in particular? If you could leave your line and the work and the author from which it was from I would be most appreciative. 

If you would like to see what I am doing with these lines, jump over here to the picture: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/35663072/

Thank you  in advance 


Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, June 9th, 2006
12:43 pm
BBC 18th Century Season
BBC 4 are having an 18th century season this summer, starting sometime in June. There should be programmes on Hannah Glasse, the Scottish Enlightenment, Beau Brummell, and hopefully other things as well. Details, clips and links to articles, recipes and 18th century works are at the BBC4 web site (worth a look even if you don't get BBC4, as the programmes may appear elsewhere eventually, and the links would work in any case). I'm not sure we can rely on there being much depth, but it looks interesting all the same. I'm definitely setting the video for the Hannah Glasse series!
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
9:34 am
American Sypathetic and Gothic Lit
Hi, I have been lurking on here for a while. I am a Early American Literature student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

I want to do a study of 18th and early 19 C. fiction this summer. Here is what I have so far,

Charles Brockden Brown – Arthur Mervyn
Charles Brockden Brown – Ormond
John Neal – Logan
Isaac Mitchell – The Asylum or Alonzo and Melissa
Foster – Coquette
William Hill Brown - The Power of Sympathy
J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur – Letters of an American Farmer
Gilbert Imlay - The Emigrants
Samuel Jackson – Emma Corbertt
Sarah Wentworth Morton - Ouabi: or The Virtues of Nature

I know that some of these are late, but I am trying to keep them as early as possible. Does anyone have any recommendations (besides the obvious--more Brown, or Charlotte Temple)?

Thanks to anyone with suggestions.

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, April 17th, 2006
10:07 pm
I've started a New community for those interested
in going to the Jane Austen Festival, in Bath England, to be held in September of this year.


I hope it will be a place for all who are interested in going, or who have gone, to the Fest (or Bath) to talk, give opinions and ask questions in regards to the festival and city!

Thanks for your interest!
Monday, February 6th, 2006
10:55 am
Dear friends!
What do you know about literature, dedicated to the connection of the philosophy of Locke and Hume with Lawrence Stern's novels. And that you think about this connection?
Previously thanks!
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