Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation is a magazine specializing in History topics.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, Spring

And What about French Women Writers?
Only a little over three decades separate the founding of the ASECS Women's Caucus at the meeting of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in New Haven in 1975 and the preparation of this volume devoted to "The Future of Feminist...
Feminism and Eighteenth-Century Studies: Working in the Bordello of History
Feminism's early interventions in the study of Anglophone culture over the long eighteenth century were bold and radically altered our understanding of the period. With Felicity Nussbaum's The Brink of All We Hate: English Satires on Women, 1660-1750...
Feminist Biography: A Contradiction in Terms?
Long ago in the beginnings of 1970s feminism, women's historians forced a new understanding of the construction of all history. Only thus could the elimination of half of humanity from the historical record be explained and remedied. This "postmodern"...
From the Female Gothic to a Feminist Theory of History: Ann Radcliffe and the Scottish Enlightenment
After the phrase "female gothic" entered feminist consciousness thirty years ago with the publication of Ellen Moer's Literary Women, readings of Ann Radcliffe's fiction began to focus almost exclusively on the absent mothers, overbearing fathers,...
Future Conditional: Feminist Theory, New Historicism, and Eighteenth-Century Studies
In 1987, the editors of The New Eighteenth Century worried: "one danger in the 'rise' of new historicism in America lies in its potential establishment as a new orthodoxy, particularly if it comes to be perceived as a flight from the theoretical possibilities...
Introduction: Recovering from Recovery
In 2010, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Women's Caucus celebrates its 35th birthday. For thirty-five years, the ASECS Women's Caucus has promoted the study of women, gender, and sexuality by sponsoring panels, opening discussions,...
Phillis Wheatley's Ghosts: The Racial Melancholy of New England Protestants
"We hardly know how to confront the psychical imprints of racial grief except through either neglect or sentimentalization.'--Anne Anlin Cheng (1) The Boston Post-Boy of August 3, 1761, carried an advertisement seeking a buyer for a female slave,...
The Achievement of Scholarly Authority for Women: Trends in the Interpretation of Eighteenth-Century Fiction
The 35th anniversary of the ASECS Women's Caucus offers an opportunity to celebrate the impact on eighteenth-century studies of scholarship produced by those who support and participate in the work of the Caucus. This essay joins that celebration by...
The Future of Feminist Theory and Eighteenth-Century Studies
For the sake of providing some historical context with respect to the topic of this special issue, "The Future of Feminist Theory in Eighteenth-Century Studies"--let me begin by pointing out that, for those of us who entered the profession in the 1970s,...
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