The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation

The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation The Eighteenth Century is a quarterly journal regarding eighteenth-century Western culture. The Eighteenth Century fosters theoretical and interpretative research on all aspects of Western culture, 1660-1830.
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The editors take special interest in essays that apply innovative contemporary methodologies to the study of eighteenth-century literature, history, science, fine arts, and popular culture. The essays published over the past two decades reflect a commitment to work that pushes readers to think anew in theoretically self-conscious terms, whether in topic or methodology. Contributors give voice to a range of cultural and national traditions, and represent not only a number of disciplines but testify to the significance of cross-, inter-, and multi-disciplinary work in twenty-first century scholarship. While the term "theory" in our title comes from an earlier time, the so-called theory wars of the 1970s, the subtitle of the journal—Theory and Interpretation—signals a continuing commitment to theoretically-informed rigor and variety, where the very terms of analysis are themselves objects of analysis.

In ECTI, Q. S. Tong and Liu Chen review Jonathan Schlesinger's A WORLD TRIMMED WITH FUR from Stanford University Press: ...
08/04/2020

In ECTI, Q. S. Tong and Liu Chen review Jonathan Schlesinger's A WORLD TRIMMED WITH FUR from Stanford University Press: "a story of nature and culture, a historical process in which nature was opposed to, and eroded by, Han Chinese culture."

muse.jhu.edu/article/757076

In ECTI, Laura Rosenthal reviews Lisa Freeman's Antitheatricality and the Body Public from the University of Pennsylvani...
07/30/2020

In ECTI, Laura Rosenthal reviews Lisa Freeman's Antitheatricality and the Body Public from the University of Pennsylvania Press. It is "scholarly, precise, and careful in its full exploration and contextualization of different high-profile instances of antitheatricality"

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/757082

In ECTI, Richard Squibbs looks to translations of Lazarillo de Tormes and the domestication of the picaro. The fate of t...
07/28/2020

In ECTI, Richard Squibbs looks to translations of Lazarillo de Tormes and the domestication of the picaro. The fate of the picaro shows "an emergent literary history of the novel...beginning to coalesce along with the genre itself."

muse.jhu.edu/article/757083

In ECTI, Emily M. West explores "Technologies of Epistolarity and Embodiment in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Ple...
07/23/2020

In ECTI, Emily M. West explores "Technologies of Epistolarity and Embodiment in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" - "the eighteenth-century writing body is a hybrid form that can destabilize binary models of gendered embodiment."
muse.jhu.edu/article/757078

In ECTI, Alice Tweedy McGrath traces Jane Barker’s “patchwork” aesthetic of imperfection as a methodology of queer failu...
07/21/2020

In ECTI, Alice Tweedy McGrath traces Jane Barker’s “patchwork” aesthetic of imperfection as a methodology of queer failure that allows her to resignify disappointment and inaction as creative vitality.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/757077

In ECTI, Andrea Haslanger looks to 18th Century Antislavery poetry, in which the figure of the "speaking dead . . . demo...
07/18/2020

In ECTI, Andrea Haslanger looks to 18th Century Antislavery poetry, in which the figure of the "speaking dead . . . demonstrat[es] the inability of figure to confer rights while still using it to call for radical change."

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/757079

In ECTI, Leith Davis explores "Transnational Articulations" in James Macpherson's work, which allows us to "examine the ...
07/18/2020

In ECTI, Leith Davis explores "Transnational Articulations" in James Macpherson's work, which allows us to "examine the post-Ossianic productions centered on British imperial locations" and emphasizes "his awareness of the peculiar role of Scotland."

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/757074

ECTI 60.4 is out! Featuring articles on Jane Barker, John Cleland, the Picaro, Antislavery poetry, and the Ossian poems ...
07/17/2020

ECTI 60.4 is out! Featuring articles on Jane Barker, John Cleland, the Picaro, Antislavery poetry, and the Ossian poems as well as a host of review essays! Check it out here:

https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/42421

Dear friends, Seethe new CFP from ECTI and consider submitting!
06/12/2020

Dear friends,
Seethe new CFP from ECTI and consider submitting!

03/22/2020

Stay safe, everyone. The journal is still operating and accepting submissions. No word on production schedules from Penn Press but we’ll be posting updates as we get them.

In ECTI, Dallin Lewis examines how early modern British observers denigrated white domestic life in the plantation colon...
03/18/2020

In ECTI, Dallin Lewis examines how early modern British observers denigrated white domestic life in the plantation colonies. Accounts of tragic heroism pave the way for increasingly political representations.

muse.jhu.edu/article/747179

In ECTI, Clint Wilson III argues that the table represents the central locus of symbolic power in Robinson Crusoe. The t...
02/28/2020

In ECTI, Clint Wilson III argues that the table represents the central locus of symbolic power in Robinson Crusoe. The table becomes a space in which the novel can reconsider, the religious, humanist, and dietary discourses of its day.

muse.jhu.edu/article/747182

In ECTI, Ellen Malenas Ledoux explores empire and the "Queer Contact Zone" in the memoirs of female soldiers Hannah Snel...
02/24/2020

In ECTI, Ellen Malenas Ledoux explores empire and the "Queer Contact Zone" in the memoirs of female soldiers Hannah Snell and Mary Anne Talbot. Read it here:

muse.jhu.edu/article/747178

In ECTI, Catherine Packham ( @drshellington ) argues that Edmund Burke establishes "political economy as a science to be...
02/21/2020

In ECTI, Catherine Packham ( @drshellington ) argues that Edmund Burke establishes "political economy as a science to be mediated by the aesthetic," and also attends to Wollstonecraft's response.

Read it here:
muse.jhu.edu/article/747180

In ECTI, Catherine Packham ( @drshellington ) argues that Edmund Burke establishes "political economy as a science to be...
02/21/2020

In ECTI, Catherine Packham ( @drshellington ) argues that Edmund Burke establishes "political economy as a science to be mediated by the aesthetic," and also attends to Mary Wollstonecraft's response.

Read it here:

muse.jhu.edu/article/747180

In ECTI, Dongqing Wang traces the debates over "kowtow" following the early British embassies to China, arguing that the...
02/20/2020

In ECTI, Dongqing Wang traces the debates over "kowtow" following the early British embassies to China, arguing that the British idea of bodily performance reshaped the making of the modern Chinese subject. Read it here:

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/747181

The Fall 2019 Issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation is out! Topics: Hannah Snell and Mary Anne Talb...
02/13/2020
Project MUSE - The Eighteenth Century-Volume 60, Number 3, Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 Issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation is out! Topics: Hannah Snell and Mary Anne Talbot ; Burke and Wollstonecraft; Early Sino-British Encounters; Robinson Crusoe; Domesticating the Plantation; Shylock in the 18th Century. Read here!

muse.jhu.edu/issue/41763

The Eighteenth Century fosters theoretical and interpretive research on all aspects of Western culture, 1660-1800. The editors take special interest in essays that apply innovative contemporary methodologies to the study of eighteenth-century literature, history, science, fine arts, and popular cult...

Fellow scholars in eighteenth-century studies: at The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, we would love the c...
02/04/2020
Home The Eighteenth Century

Fellow scholars in eighteenth-century studies: at The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, we would love the chance to read your work. Founded in 1959, we are a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on Western culture from 1660 to 1830. We welcome submissions that apply innovative methodologies to the study of the eighteenth-century literature history, science, fine arts, and popular culture. Please send any submissions to [email protected] or visit ecti.pennpress.org/home/ for more information.

ECTI also publishes an annual special issue as well as review essays. If you are interested, please see our online supplement: https://ecti.english.illinois.edu/recent-and-special-issues/

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In ECTI, Jan Golinski reviews Al Coppola's THEATER OF EXPERIMENT: this "deeply researched book brings . . . subtle readi...
07/29/2019

In ECTI, Jan Golinski reviews Al Coppola's THEATER OF EXPERIMENT: this "deeply researched book brings . . . subtle readings of theatrical texts that historians of science have not previously considered relevant to their domain"

muse.jhu.edu/article/728679

In ECTI, Robert Mahony reviews John Stubbs' Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel, noting that Stubbs "vivifies remarkably...
07/25/2019

In ECTI, Robert Mahony reviews John Stubbs' Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel, noting that Stubbs "vivifies remarkably the atmosphere in which Swift moved."

http://muse.jhu.edu/article/728682

In ECTI, Jennifer Golightly reviews Telling the Flesh: Life Writing, Citizenship, and the Body in the Letters of Samuel ...
07/17/2019

In ECTI, Jennifer Golightly reviews Telling the Flesh: Life Writing, Citizenship, and the Body in the Letters of Samuel Auguste Tissot by Sonja Boon: "a fascinating, complex, and thought-provoking read."

muse.jhu.edu/article/728678

In ECTI, Collin Jennings attends to transformation of the concept of succession in British Philosophy, shifting from the...
07/16/2019

In ECTI, Collin Jennings attends to transformation of the concept of succession in British Philosophy, shifting from the chronological organization to graphic visualization.

In ECTI, Jane Wessel discusses theatrical mimicry as one of the most threatening modes of privacy, focusing on two of th...
07/15/2019

In ECTI, Jane Wessel discusses theatrical mimicry as one of the most threatening modes of privacy, focusing on two of the most famous mimics - Samuel Foote and Tate Wilkinson.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/728686

In ECTI, Richard T. Jones argues that criticism should be read as allegory, looking to Smollett's Critical Review. Two f...
07/08/2019

In ECTI, Richard T. Jones argues that criticism should be read as allegory, looking to Smollett's Critical Review. Two fascinating articles about Smollett in this month's ECTI!

(link: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/728681) muse.jhu.edu/article/728681

In ECTI, Nathan Peterson show how the Defoe’s idea of necessity introduces significant contradictions into his otherwise...
07/07/2019

In ECTI, Nathan Peterson show how the Defoe’s idea of necessity introduces significant contradictions into his otherwise optimistic narratives of socioeconomic progress by emphasizing that reason can never entirely transcend bodily necessity.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/728684

In ECTI, Pierce Williams turns to the pathology of political bodies in Smollett’s Humphry Clinker and its “distinctly ma...
07/05/2019

In ECTI, Pierce Williams turns to the pathology of political bodies in Smollett’s Humphry Clinker and its “distinctly materialist imagining of Britain’s artificial man." Read "Saved by God's 'Grease'" here!

Classic ECTI: From 2011, Richard Nash's "Joy and Pity: Reading Animal Bodies in Late Eighteenth-Century Culture." Nash "...
03/17/2019

Classic ECTI: From 2011, Richard Nash's "Joy and Pity: Reading Animal Bodies in Late Eighteenth-Century Culture." Nash "revisits a set of texts on farriery to examine a change in the ways that humans read and understood animal bodies."

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/423027/pdf

Classic ECTI: Vivasvan Soni edited 2010 special issue on the "Crisis of Judgment," which "shed[s] light  on the historic...
03/14/2019

Classic ECTI: Vivasvan Soni edited 2010 special issue on the "Crisis of Judgment," which "shed[s] light on the historical dimension of the crisis of judgment that confronts us" and "remind[s] us of the urgency and importance of the problem of judgment."

https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/21435

Classic ECTI article: George Haggerty on Ned Kynaston and the Regendering of the Restoration Stage. Haggerty begins with...
03/04/2019

Classic ECTI article: George Haggerty on Ned Kynaston and the Regendering of the Restoration Stage. Haggerty begins with Colley Cibber:

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/382560

In ECTI, Robert Mitchell considers eighteenth-century debates about genius through a biopolitical lens. Starting with Wi...
03/01/2019

In ECTI, Robert Mitchell considers eighteenth-century debates about genius through a biopolitical lens. Starting with William Petty and the “political arithmetical,” he contends that “literature … emerges as the concept and institution that fully sutures Petty’s biopolitical hope of maximizing genius with mid-century biopolitical worries about losing genius.”

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https://muse.jhu.edu/article/711135

In ECTI, Damien Tricoire works to revise our view of Raynal’s and Diderot’s PHILOSOPHICAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE S...
02/25/2019

In ECTI, Damien Tricoire works to revise our view of Raynal’s and Diderot’s PHILOSOPHICAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE SETTLEMENTS AND TRADE OF THE EUROPEANS IN THE TWO INDIES. Not anti-colonial, it is instead patriotic in its celebration of the Enlightened French.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/711136

In ECTI, Daniel Diez Couch explores Samuel Jackson Pratt’s popular protest novel EMMA CORBETT and its “prosthetics of ty...
02/23/2019

In ECTI, Daniel Diez Couch explores Samuel Jackson Pratt’s popular protest novel EMMA CORBETT and its “prosthetics of typography.” He “creates an architecture of the page that visually describes the placement and displacement of limb” and “criticizes and remediates discourses of national conflict.”

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/711137

In ECTI, Tony Brown thinks through Bernard Mandeville’s dim but dynamic view of human nature. Mandeville “grounds his mo...
02/20/2019

In ECTI, Tony Brown thinks through Bernard Mandeville’s dim but dynamic view of human nature. Mandeville “grounds his moral and economic theory in a state metaphysics.” The savage being “represents what remains antagonistic to Mandeville’s order of state representation.”

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/711138

In ECTI, Patrick O’Malley discusses the “spatialized topography of memory” in Anne Radcliffe’s THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO....
02/19/2019

In ECTI, Patrick O’Malley discusses the “spatialized topography of memory” in Anne Radcliffe’s THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO. Understanding memory less in temporal than spatial terms, she “producing a music that is understood not in temporal terms but in a closely analyzed framework of vibration.”

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/711139

In ECTI, Melissa Bailes looks to Sydney Owenson’s THE WILD IRISH GIRL, its botanic imagery, and “its symbolic cannibalis...
02/18/2019

In ECTI, Melissa Bailes looks to Sydney Owenson’s THE WILD IRISH GIRL, its botanic imagery, and “its symbolic cannibalism as just one form of England’s colonial consumption of Ireland.” Owenson uses plants and vegetables to underscore contentions of class and nation.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/711140

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From the Editors of ECTI: A Statement of Diversity, Inclusion, Eauity, and Access:
The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (ECTI) seeks submissions for its upcoming issues. We are a peer-reviewed journal focusing on Western culture between 1660 and 1830. With the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) just around the corner, this would be a great time to send us your material or propose a special issue. Many of the attendees and speakers are current or former journal members. If interested, please contact us at [email protected].
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