Academic journal article Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

Introduction

Academic journal article Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

Introduction

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In 1993, Professors Jeffrey Merrick and Susan Rosa called for the organization of the first Queer Caucus at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). Enough interest was generated that the following year, the caucus was recognized by ASECS and the first panel was organized. The caucus began because of the burgeoning interest in LGBT studies and the eighteenth century. However, few such panels had been organized at previous meetings. Times have changed. Now several panels on sexuality and the eighteenth century are scheduled every year at ASECS. The caucus is still going strong, sessions are crowded, and more and more scholars are working on the subject.

As of the start of the twenty-first century, several generations of scholars have studied or are currently studying the Queer Eighteenth Century. From the groundbreaking work of Alan Bray, Randolph Trumbach, Kristina Straub, Susan Lanser, and so many others through the new generation who are just starting their careers, there has been an explosion of exciting scholarship. …

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