Category: News and Discoveries

News and Discoveries features topical discussion of news and items of interest relating to 18th-century studies.

Move Over, Downton: Louis XIV Returns in Versailles with One Reign to Rule Them All

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In March, Downton Abbey set its last table, rang its last bell, and gave its memorable chandelier a final gentle dusting. After six seasons of laughter, heartbreak, and satisfying one liners from the unshakeable Maggie Smith, Crawley and Co. bid us goodnight. But devoted friends of the series need not resort to full mourning over the…

Build Your Vocabulary with Huggable 18th-Century Favorites

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What are men to wool and needles? Brothers Jack and Holman Wang, the creative minds behind the Google Doodle for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 148th birthday, are making eighteenth-century classics more huggable with their unique needle-felted adaptations. Their celebrated board book series, Cozy Classics, embraces well-loved titles like Emma, Les Misérables, and Jane Eyre as inspiration…

Hamilton Digital Lottery Returns

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Our favorite Broadway musical about love, power, and politics in eighteenth-century America is now on tour and we at ABOPublic are thrilled. Two weeks ago, Hamilton announced the return of its digital lottery, which means another shot for fans to hear their history books reimagined in a jazzy reprise. The explosively popular new musical, written by…

Recent Scholarship on Harriet and Sophia Lee’s The Canterbury Tales: Influence on the Gothic and Beyond

Portrait of Sophia Lee (1750-1824) (1797)
Engraved by William Ridley (1764-1838), after Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830)
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[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]chiefly to indulge the pleasure I always found in writing; yet, it must be owned, not without a latent, and (author-like) an increasing, hope that I might be fortunate enough to please the public [/pullquote] In 1797, Harriet Lee (1757-1851) published four short stories, which marked the beginning of her and her…

National Museum of Women in the Arts Exhibition: Salon Style (29 Jan. 2016-22 May 2016)

Self-portrait in a Straw Hat (after 1782)
Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842)
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From 29 January 2016 to 22 May 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will exhibit Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection. Salon Style features Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842), a remarkable woman portraitist whose work was allowed into the male-dominated Salon of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris on the order of King Louis…

Women Printmakers Exhibition at the New York Public Library

A Child Seated, Blowing Bubbles (1751)
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764)
Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collections

The New York Public Library is exhibiting Printing Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900 until 31 January 2016. The exhibition includes engravings, etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs compiled by Henrietta Louisa Koenen (1830-1881) that have not been exhibited since 1901. The collection is supplemented with works from NYPL’s holdings, including material from the Spencer Collection and the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division…

Exhibition at the Folger: Will & Jane (6 Aug. 2016-6 Nov. 2016)

Jane Austen (1873)
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Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

On 6 August 2016, Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity opens at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Austen scholar Janine Barchas (University of Texas at Austin) and theatre historian Kristina Straub (Carnegie Mellon University) are co-curating the exhibition. Barchas and Straub examine the parallel two-hundred-year cycles of celebrity of literary giants William…

Upcoming Eighteenth-Century Studies Programs

Portrait of Jane Fleming (1755-1824). (1778)
by Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
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Keep an eye out for these upcoming eighteenth-century-related conferences and events in the United States and the United Kingdom: The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York will hold the “Difficult Women in the Long Eighteenth Century: 1680-1730” conference on November 27 and 28, 2015. The eighteenth century was a time of profound change for…

Women in Cartography Exhibition at Boston Public Library

A General Map of North America (1762)
John Rocque (c. 1709-1762)
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square will exhibit Women in Cartography: Five Centuries of Accomplishments from October 31, 2015 to March 27, 2016. The exhibition features forty cartographic artifacts—maps, globes, atlases, and works of art—made by women from the seventeenth century to the present day. The exhibition highlights…

British Library Exhibition Features 18th-Century British Black Writers

The History of Mary Prince (1831)
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The British Library‘s exhibition West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song explores the literature and music of seventeen West African nations spanning from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. Dr. Marion Wallace, co-curator of the exhibition, gives an overview of the writers included in the exhibition in her article “Crossings: African Writers in the Era of the Transatlantic Slave…