CFP: Teaching the 18th Century (UK) (4/30/07; 9/13/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Britta Martens

Teaching the 18th Century: a one-day workshop sponsored by the English
Subject Centre
13 September 2007
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Eighteenth-century studies have recently undergone exciting changes.
Research has expanded to include many non-canonical texts and a variety of
interdisciplinary approaches, while new electronic resources (especially
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online) with the potential to revolutionise
both research and teaching have become available. At the same time, students
seem to find it increasingly difficult to relate to the period.

This one-day workshop will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and
good practice among lecturers teaching the 18th century. Most sessions will
take the format of a brief presentation, followed by a discussion in which
all participants can join. The following issues will be explored:

- How long is the (long) 18th century? Should 18th-century courses go into
the Romantic period? Where is the 18th century situated in the curriculum?

- What kinds of text do we teach? How do we integrate 'new'
eighteenth-century material with more traditional texts?

- To what extent do modules seek to cover the breadth of genres that
characterise this period?

- How do we negotiate the interdisciplinarity of the eighteenth century?

- How do we relate 18th-century literature to history and general culture at
a time when students' grasp of history tends to be patchy? - How can
teaching successfully integrate electronic resources?

Participants include Jennie Batchelor, Jonathan Gibson, Matthew Grenby,
Stephen Gregg, Robin Jarvis, Elaine McGirr, Dafydd Moore, Marie
Mulvey-Roberts, Kerry Sinanan and Sam Ward.

For a provisional event programme and to register online, please visit:

If you would like to give a presentation, please send a short proposal to
Dr. Britta Martens (deadline 30 April 07).

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