Eighteenth-Century Study Group

The Eighteenth-Century Study Group is an informal, interdisciplinary group of postgraduate students and members of staff who meet periodically throughout the year to discuss works of scholarship on a wide range of themes across the long eighteenth century. We sometimes revisit ‘classics’; sometimes take on the product of recent innovative scholarship. In addition to this the group also holds occasional round-table discussions which, whilst having research into the eighteenth century as a starting point, endeavour to address wider historiographical issues. The group is always open to suggestions for future texts or round-table discussions.

Meetings take place on Wednesdays at 4pm, usually in a room in the Amory Building (room tbc before meetings). If you are interested and would like to be added to the mailing list, please write to Robert Nantes (rgn201@exeter.ac.uk).

Autumn 2016: forthcoming texts/events

  • Wednesday 12 October: Peter Borsay, The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660 -1770
  • Wednesday 9 November: Round Table on ‘Historical Periodization’
  • Wednesday 7 December: Sophia Rosenfeld, Common Sense: A Political History 
  • Date TBC: William St Clair, The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period

Previous texts discussed

  • E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class
  • Hitchcock and Shoemaker, London Lives 1690 to 1800: Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis
  • Dror Wahrman, The Making of the Modern Self: Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England
  • Peter Borsay, The English Urban Renaissance: Culture and Society in the Provincial Town 1660 -1770