Law & the Arts in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Canadian and Northeastern Societies for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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Law & the Arts in the Long Eighteenth Century

Joint Meeting of CSECS/NEASECS/Aphra Behn Society

At McMaster University
Hamilton, ON
27 – 29 October, 2011

This panel welcomes presentations investigating intersections between law and the arts, broadly conceived, over the course of the long eighteenth century.

A few questions, among many, to consider: How did law and the arts—print and pictorial satire, secret histories, journalism, etc.—interact over the course of the long eighteenth century? How did authors and booksellers, artists and print sellers, journalist and periodical printers skirt laws? For what were individuals maybe unpredictably prosecuted? How did the law develop to target aesthetic practices? How did aesthetic practices respond in turn? How did developments in the law—and especially statutory law: the Printing Acts, the Licensing Acts, the Act of Anne—curb or encourage new methods or the revitalization of old forms? More generally, what was the relationship between law and the arts in the eighteenth century, and how and why did it develop the way it did?

Abstracts of 250-400 words should be sent to by March 14, 2011.

Andrew Benjamin Bricker
Department of English
Stanford University