Bluestocking Salon

Betsy Austin and Hannah Lewis: Female Entrepreneurs in Jane Austen’s Transatlantic World

Rachel Pringle of Barbadoes (1796) By Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2015

In our recent article in Modern Philology, “Jane Austen’s Afterlife,” Devoney Looser and I discuss Jane Austen’s literary legacy and its connection through her naval brother with two Barbadian freewomen: Betsy Austin (d. 1848) and Hannah Lewis (c. 1792), two women who ran successful hotels in Bridgetown, Barbados. We describe two newly published letters by…

Mary Davys, Playwright as Novelist

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Mary Davys’s (1674-1732) conventional place in literary history is as an accomplished early novelist, known especially for The Reform’d Coquet (1724), Familiar Letters Betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady (1725), and The Accomplish’d Rake (1727). She wrote several other fictions, some of which she published in the early years of the eighteenth century and revised…

ASECS Roundtable: From Dissertation to Publication

Proposing Men: Dialectics of Gender and Class in the Eighteenth-Century English Periodical (1998) By Shawn Lisa Maurer Stanford University Press

In this post, we publish Shawn Maurer’s valuable talk from the ASECS 2011 Women’s Caucus roundtable, “From Dissertation to Publication.” It is largely unedited, and we are grateful to Professor Maurer for allowing us to reopen this conversation here on ABOPublic.   ASECS 2011 Vancouver Good afternoon. I want to start by thanking Misty Anderson for…

The Eighteenth Century in Popular Culture

#Hamiltations: Or, Genius.com Users Annotate Hamilton

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The 18th century is cool again thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda. His hit Broadway show, Hamilton: An American Musical, based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, is a pop culture juggernaut, telling the story of the first Treasury Secretary through hip-hop and rap performed by a cast of actors who are nearly all people of…

Austen, Monstrosity, and Femininity in the Regency Period

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As I watched the recently released trailer for the upcoming film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I couldn’t help but think that it was time for me to read Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody source-text. It’s exactly what one would expect the blending of zombies and Jane Austen to be: completely absurd and yet, somehow and undeniably…

Poldark Recap Episode 2: My Sillibub Brings All The Boys To The Yard (But Not Ross)

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This week’s episode of Poldark starts with Ross Poldark and his servant Judd talking about mining. “Tis in the blood,” as Ross’s father used to put it. This is cross cut with a montage of the Wheal Reath mine being closed by the evil Warleggans as they twirl their moustaches and tie damsels to train…

Poldark Recap Episode 1: Dramatic Horseback Riding On Cliffs

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Poldark is a new BBC miniseries based on the series of historical fiction novels by Winston Graham. This adaptation stars Aidan Turner probably best known to American audiences as Kili, the hot dwarf in the interspecies romance in The Hobbit trilogy. As the titular Ross Poldark, Turner has ample opportunity to show off his brooding…

Public and Digital Pedagogy

Folger Transcribathon at VCU: Creating and Empowering a Community of New Paleographers

Dr. Paul Dingman (standing on the right) addresses the VCU transcribathon as Dr. Heather Wolfe (standing on the left) helps an undergraduate paleographer. Photo courtesy of Sue Robinson, Director of Communications and Public Relations for VCU Libraries.

A few weeks ago, the Virginia Commonwealth University English Department, the VCU Humanities Research Center and VCU Libraries held the university’s first transcribathon in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s ongoing crowdsourced transcription project, Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO for short). The event was a chance for students and interested members of the public to…

The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre

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The project “The Lady’s Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre” is a two-year Leverhulme Trust project run out of the University of Kent by Jennie Batchelor, Koenraad Claes and Jenny DiPlacidi. Its aims are to make this enduringly popular, influential but neglected periodical accessible to students, scholars and readers interested in the history…

To make maccarons of valentia Almonds: a guest post by Cooking in the Archives collaborators Marissa Nicosia and Alyssa Connell

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ABOPublic is excited to welcome Marissa Nicosia and Alyssa Connell of Cooking in the Archives, who’ve prepared a special holiday joint post for our readers. You can also see the recipe here along with all of their other updated early modern recipes. Be sure to check out their site! What do ladies bake? Ladies bake macaroons,…

Orlando: An Indispensable, Born-Digital Resource

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The Orlando Project was born from The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present (1990) compiled by Virginia Blain, Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy. That major reference book, covering writers in English from every national tradition, contains the fruits of a great deal of original research. But despite…

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Assignment: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Final Project Assignment Sheet Working in groups of two or three, write an imaginary dialogue among two or more eighteenth-century characters or authors.  You may select from any author we have read or any character in the plays, poems, essays, or novels we have read.  Each student will research biographical, cultural, and critical background information…

Syllabus: Novel Heroines and the Performance of Femininity in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

ENGL 2921H Topics in Literature: Novel Heroines and the Performance of Femininity in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction Course Description: This course asks how heroines in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British fiction comment on contemporary debates about women’s nature and roles.  Throughout the semester, we will focus on the ways our subjects reinforce, question, reject or…

Syllabus: Reinventing Literary History: Women and Culture

First-Year Seminar/Spring 2011 Course Description: Students in First-Year Seminars will develop their skills in critical reading and analysis, writing, and effective speaking.  They will assess and use textual evidence in support of oral and written arguments.  Finally, they will explore important issues through significant texts ranging across genres, disciplines, and historical periods.  The object of “Reinventing…