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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…

ABOPublic is back online!

The Cotillion Dance (1771)
by James Caldwell
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

ABOPublic is back and better than ever! We’ll be republishing and retweeting some of our favorite articles all day, so be sure to check back regularly. Also, stay tuned for new articles and some exciting news about new developments with the site and the editorial team!

Digital Mitford: The Mary Russell Mitford Archive

Mary Russell Mitford Image via Wikipedia

Mary Russell Mitford was an English eighteenth-century novelist and dramatist best known for her work, Our Village: Sketches of Rural Character and Scenery. As of right now, Our Village seems to be the only publication of Mitford’s that’s accessible online. 1)Our Village also accessible online at Project Gutenberg and Here to change that is…

Emma takes the Stage: Jane Austen’s Emma, Directed by Jim Schneider


Location: Stage 772, Chicago, IL Event Date: April 18-May 25, 2014 Review Date: April 19, 2014 A friend of mine—a Victorianist turned librarian—once said to me “I can tell you study the eighteenth century because of how you emphasize Jane Austen’s satire over her romance.” At the time, I was ranting about how the2005 Kiera…

MA to PhD

Aphra Behn
by John Riley (1646-1691)
Wikimedia Commons

Dear Aphra, I am in an M.A. program and love what I’m doing. I want to go on to a Ph.D. program, but my advisor is discouraging me from applying. What should I do? Simply Stumped Simply Stumped’s query raised earnest debate among the members of ABO’s cabinet, and so we provide two different letters…

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…