Popular Fiction by Women

I'm so very much looking forward to EN426 this term! We had what I thought was an excellent first class last night, though the first portion was livelier than the second--of course, we were discussing Haywood at the beginning, and I modeled a sample presentation on Backscheider & Richetti's Popular Fiction by Women in the …

Paper at ASECS

Just got the good news that my paper, “'Things without Head, or Tail, or Form, or Grace': The Hypercorporeality of Farce on the Early Eighteenth-Century Stage,” has been accepted for the 2010 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Albuquerque! My work, particularly invested in theater overwhelmingly about the body and its metamorphoses, the theater …

Fantomina and Provocation

One of my favorite readings of the term, Eliza Haywood's Fantomina. We had three presentations, and the essays the students presented did give us a good context for discussion; however, one student used a non-scholarly source, and I'm pretty sure another didn't actually read Haywood (at least, he didn't have the copy with him...)! I'm …

Tartuffe, Beggar’s Opera

In class on Wednesday, we returned to Tartuffe and spent quite a bit of time meditating on the motif of blindness, the nature of sight, and ultimate conclusions about the play; we also considered the impact of a historical awareness of its staging, especially insofar as spectators would have been seated on the stage, and …