Long Eighteenth Century Reading Group

A Short and Extremely Partial Account of the 1790s

Friday 10 July
3-5pm
Rogers Room
John Woolley Building
University of Sydney


Primary readings:
Thomas Erskine, A View of the Causes and Consequences of the present War with France (London: J. Debrett, 1797)

John Thelwall, 'Preface' to Democracy Vindicated (1796)

John Thelwall, The Tribune, Vol. II [preface only] (1796)

Supplementary Readings:
Joseph Gerrald, The Address of the British Convention, Assembled at Edinburgh, November 19, 1793, to the People of Great Britain (London: D. I. Eaton, 1793)

London Corresponding Society, Address to the Nation, from the London Corresponding Society, on the Subject of a Thorough Parliamentary Reform (London: London Corresponding Society, 1793)

Led by Elias Greig.

Past Meetings

12 June 2015

Three Histories of England.

David Hume, History of England (1754)

Catherine Macaulay, History of England (1768)

Jane Austen, History of England (1791)

Supplementary readings:
Catherine Macaulay, Preface to History of England (1781), Vol VI

David Hume, "Of the Study of History" (1742)

Karl Bottigheimer, "The Glorious Revolution" (1992)

David Hume and Catherine Macaulay Letters (1783)

J.G.A. Pocoock, "The Fourth English Civil War" (1992)

J.G.A. Pocoock, "Three British Revolutions: 1641, 1688, 1776" Chapter 8 (1980)

Led by Shane Greentree and Olivia Murphy.


8 May 2015

Natural History, Experimental Science and the Antipodean Imaginary in Oliver Goldsmith's History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774)

Judith Barbour, "The Professor and the Orang-Outang: Mary Shelley as Child Reader"

William Godwin, "Memoirs of the Author of 'The Rights of Woman'" Chapter 10

Burton/Booklist image

Led by Judy Barbour.


6 March 2015

"The Organ of Sensibility: Skin and Feeling in Sentimental Novels" Sara Crouch
"Quixotism in the “Air and Climate”" Amelia Dale

Led by Sara Crouch and Amelia Dale.


7 November 2014

Mary Hays:
'Improvements Suggested in Female Education' The Monthly Magazine, March 1797, 193-195

Female Biography, 3 vols. [1803] (Philadelphia: 1807) (excerpts)
Volume I
Volume II
Volume III

Optional:
Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 4 vols. (London: 1763) (excerpts from volume IV.)

Led by Shane Greentree.


10 October 2014

William Beckford and Vathek

Led by Judy Barbour.


12 September 2014

Nahum Tate, The Ingratitude of a Commonwealth; or, The Fall of Coriolanus (1681)

John Dennis, The Invade of His Country; or, The Fatal Resentment (1719)

Led by Huw Griffiths.


13 June 2014

Wordsworth's First Steps.

Led by Elias Greig.


9 May 2014

Helen Maria Williams
Helen Maria Williams Letters 1790

Helen Maria Williams Letters 1794


4 April 2014

"Moonites and Quixotes"
Preface to Eaton Stannard Barrett, The Heroine

Led by Amelia Dale.


7 February 2014

"The Improvement of Harry Ormond: Edgeworth's Ormond, Character Networks, and the Bildungsroman"

Led by Michael Falk.


1 November 2013

"Erasmus Darwin, fifty shades of green"

Led by Judy Barbour and Alexandra Hankinson.


4 October 2013

"Actresses and Affect"

Led by Penny Gay and Amelia Dale.


13 September 2013

"Betwixt and Between"

Led by Jennifer Milam.


16 August 2013

"Spenser and Romantic Spensarianism"

Led by Claire Hanson and Elias Greig.


7 June 2013

Slavery, Abolitionism and Equiano


3 May 2013

"Literary Reactions to William Godwin"

Led by Elias Greig and Amelia Dale


12 April 2013

Edward Young’s "Night Thoughts"