The Liminal and Unique: Redefining the Eighteenth-Century Canon (ASECS 2014, Williamsburg)

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Hannah Jorgenson / American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies

It is easy to point to the giants of the eighteenth-century: Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Swift, etc. - but what of those in the shadow of these "greater" writers? How do authors such as Sarah Fielding, Charlotte Lennox, and Francis Coventry fit into the tapestry of eighteenth-century writing? All too often these authors are dismissed as "lesser" or at best, "problematic," but upon closer examination, many of them seem to play an important role in understanding the period.

As a result of renewed interest in the liminal authors of the period, this panel seeks to examine these "fringe" authors, and examine the ways in which they not only fit into the currently existing canon, but also the ways in which they carve out their own unique space within it.

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words and a 1-page CV to Hannah Jorgenson ( by September 15th, 2013.