The primary goal of this working group is to encourage an interdisciplinary conversation about the recent critical work being done by scholars of the literature, history, culture, and art of the “long” eighteenth century (1660–1830).
During the 2016–2017 academic year, we will meet on a monthly basis. Most of our time will be spent reading and discussing newly published scholarly works that relate to the larger field of eighteenth-century studies in some way. One of the greatest challenges facing scholars at any stage in their career is the need to keep up to date with the expanding critical literature in their chosen field.
We hope that this working group can act as a resource to make this a more manageable and fulfilling task. In addition, once or twice a semester, we will invite speakers from within the Yale community to give a talk or present a work in progress to the group that relates to some aspect of the eighteenth century. All are welcome to participate.