Month: September 2015

Announcing: The Catherine de Vivonne Undergraduate Essay Prize

A reading of Molière, Jean François de Troy, about 1728. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Seeking engaging literary conversation and more wit than the seventeenth-century French courts could yield, Catherine de Vivonne, the Marquise de Rambouillet, established the Hôtel de Rambouille’s Blue Room, thereby setting the intellectual standard for salons. ABOPublic’s own Blue Room invites submissions of outstanding undergraduate papers on all topics of interests to our mission. We ask…

“Lions and Tigers and Zebras, Oh My!”: Christopher Plumb on Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Britain

The Queens.-------- (1787)
By S. W. Fores (1761-1838)
Image Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]A sight such as this surely was never seen; Who the deuce would not gaze at the A___ of a Q____? What prospect so charming! — What scene can surpass? The delicate sight of her M_____’s A___?[/pullquote] Any eighteenth-century enthusiast will appreciate the writings of cultural historian Christopher Plumb,…

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

Lady's Magazine

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