Literature and Cultural Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century

Chair: Penny Pritchard, University of Hertfordshire


Bonnie Latimer, University of Plymouth – Nick upon Nick: Shadwell and the Cultural Politics of Science and Stage’

Nicholas Seager, Keele University – ‘Crusoe’s Crusade’

David Francis Taylor, University of Warwick – ‘Satirical prints and literary history’

This panel ranges across the long eighteenth century, taking in drama, fiction, and graphic satire in order to explore the relationships between cultural production and the politics of science, religion, and national affairs. The speakers will address matters of genre and form as these speak to authors’ and artists’ political commitments. Bonnie Latimer is author of Making Gender, Culture and the Self in the Fiction of Samuel Richardson: The Novel Individual (Ashgate, 2013) and numerous essays on eighteenth-century fiction. Nicholas Seager is author of The Rise of the Novel: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and co-editor of The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction (CUP, 2015). David Francis Taylor is author of Theatres of Opposition: Empire, Revolution, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan (OUP, 2012) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre 1737-1832 (OUP, 2014).

Thursday 6th July, 9.30