Some of the most innovative recent work in eighteenth-century studies has turned toward an exploration of the changing meanings of empire, in particular the subtly shifting horizons of global empire following the Seven Years War. Gender was a key vector as imperial power shifted and resettled in this period. The event brings together scholars working across the fields of gender and imperial history in the eighteenth century, for a discussion of emerging work in this area. It promises a day of high-level discussion across disciplinary and chronological boundaries.
Speakers & titles:
Dr Kate Davies (University of Newcastle): 'The Poem that Ate America: Helen Maria Williams' "Ode on the Peace"'
Professor Cora Kaplan (Queen Mary): 'A Figure in the Text: Burke,
Wordsworth, Opie and the Black Woman'
Dr Jenny Mander (University of Cambridge): 'Raynal's "Histoire des Deux Indes" and Marivaux's "La Colonie", and the Querelle des Femmes'
Martin Myrone (Tate Britain): 'Macaroni Multiplicity: Gender and Empire in the 1770s'
Professor Karen O'Brien (University of Warwick): 'The Female Emigrant: Stories and Poems of Britain's Settler Colonies, 1763-1815'
Dr Jim Watt (University of York): '"The blessings of freedom": America and "the East" in the fiction of Robert Bage'
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