115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

British Literature and Culture: Long 18th Century

Session Chair: 
David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 107


  1. Anne Greenfield, Valdosta State University
    This presentation discusses depictions of fictional eunuchs on the Restoration and early eighteenth-century stage. This analysis showcases the theatrical techniques underlying the staging of eunuchs during this era, and it illustrates the ways these representations were shaped by imperialist assumptions.
  2. Lissa Paul, Brock University (Canada)
    In composing the biography of British author Eliza Fenwick (1766-1844), I’ve negotiated with the fact that some of her manuscript letters have been deliberately cut or redacted. In my paper, I’ll explain how I navigated omissions to construct the narrative arc of her journey from 18th-century author to colonial teacher.
  3. Diana Rose Newby, Columbia University
    This paper offers a reading of Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote (1752) as a nuanced critique of social systems of punitive spectatorship that subordinate women to the male gaze. I argue that the novel's protagonist, Lady Arabella, strategically participates in and even perpetuates her own objectification; by exploiting her "to-be-looked-at-ness" at the levels of both plot and form, Arabella demonstrates one of the rare means of agency and self-authorship available to the eighteenth-century woman.
Session Cancelled: