Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850

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General Editors:
Greg Clingham , John P. Crozer Professor of English Literature, Bucknell University
Kate Parker , Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin--La Crosse

Transits is the next horizon. This series of books, essays and monographs aims to extend recent achievements in eighteenth century studies, and to publish excellent work on any aspects of the literature, thought and culture of the years 1650-1850. Without ideological or methodological restrictions, Transits seeks to provide transformative readings of the literary, cultural, and historical interconnections between Britain, Europe, the Far East, Oceania, and the Americas in the long eighteenth century, and as they extend down to the present time. In addition to literature and history, such "global" perspectives might entail considerations of time, space, nature, economics, politics, environment, and material culture, and might necessitate the development of new modes of critical imagination, which we welcome. But the series does not thereby repudiate the local and the national, for original new work on particular writers and readers in particular places in time continues to be the bedrock of the discipline.

Send inquiry and/or proposal to Greg Clingham,, or Kate Parker,

Forthcoming titles in the series:

Textual Vision: Augustan Design and the Invention of Eighteenth-Century British Culture, Timothy Erwin (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Citizens of the World: Adapting (in) the Eighteenth Century, edited by Kevin L. Cope (Louisiana State University) and Samara Cahill (Nanyang Technological University)

Essential Scots and the Idea of Unionism in Anglo-Scottish Literature, 1603-1827, Rivka Swenson (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Making Love: Sentiment and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Paul Kelleher (Emory University)

Sovereign Power and the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Problem of the Political, Peter DeGabriele (Mississippi State University)

Titles in the series:

Peggy Thompson, Ed. Beyond Sense and Sensibility: Moral Formation and the Literary Imagination from Johnson to Wordsworth (2015)

Evan Gottlieb, Ed. Global Romanticism: Origins, Orientations, and Engagements, 1760-1820 (2015)

Cedric D Reverand II, Ed. Queen Anne and the Arts (2015)

Brandon Chua. Ravishment of Reason: Governance and the Heroic Idioms of the Late Stuart Stage, 1660-1690 (2014)

Laura Engel and Elaine McGirr, Eds. Stage Mothers : Women, Work, and the Theater, 1660-1830 (2014)

Chris Mounsey, Ed. The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century (2014)

William McCarthy and Olivia Murphy , Eds. Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives (2013)

Chris Mounsey, Ed. Developments in the Histories of Sexualities: In Search of the Normal, 1600-1800 (2013)

Kate Parker and Courtney Weiss Smith, Eds. Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered (2013)

Michael Griffin. Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith (2013)

Ann T. Delehanty. Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France: From Poetics to Aesthetics (2013)

Deborah Kennedy. Poetic Sisters: Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets (2013)

Louis Kirk McAuley. Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740-1800 (2013)

Shaun Regan, Ed. Reading 1759: Literary Culture in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain and France (2013)

Min Wild and Noel Chevalier. Reading Christopher Smart in the Twenty-first Century: "By Succession of Delight" (2013)

Jack E. DeRochi and Daniel J. Ennis, Eds. Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The Impresario in Political and Cultural Context (2013)

Allison Stedman. Rococo Fiction in France 1600-1715: Seditious Frivolity (2013)

Tili Boon Cuillé and Karyna Szmurlo, Eds. Staël's Philosophy of the Passions: Sensibility, Society, and the Sister Arts (2013)

Kevin D. Murphy and Sally O'Driscoll, Eds. Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print (2013)

Morgan Rooney. The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel, 1790-1814: The Struggle for History's Authority (2013)

Laura E. Thomason. The Matrimonial Trap: Eighteenth-Century Women Writers Redefine Marriage (2013)

Wordsworth, Hemans, and Politics 1800 - 1830 Romantic Crises (2013)

Peggy Thompson. Coyness and Crime in Restoration Comedy: Women's Desire, Deception, and Agency (2012)

Kathleen Lubey. Excitable Imaginations: Eroticism and Reading in Britain, 1660-1760 (2012)

Yaël Schlick. Feminism and the Politics of Travel After the Enlightenment (2012)

Brian Michael Norton. Fiction and the Philosophy of Happiness: Ethical Inquiries in the Age of Enlightenment (2012)

Regina Hewitt, Ed. John Galt: Observations and Conjectures on Literature, History, and Society (2012)

Barrett Kalter. Modern Antiques: The Material Past in England, 1660-1780 (2012)

Manushag N. Powell. Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals (2012)

Erin M. Goss. Revealing Bodies: Anatomy, Allegory, and the Grounds of Knowledge in the Long Eighteenth Century (2012)

Brett D. Wilson. A Race of Female Patriots: Women and the Public Spirit on the British Stage, 1688-1745 (2011)

Zsolt Komáromy. Figures of Memory: From the Muses to Eighteenth-Century British Aesthetics (2011)

George Haggerty. Horace Walpole's Letters: Masculinity and Friendship in the Eighteenth Century (2011)

Jennifer Golightly. The Family, Marriage, and Radicalism in British Women's Novels of the 1790s: Public Affection and Private Affliction (2011)

Alexander Mathäs, Ed. The Self as Muse: Narcissism and Creativity in the German Imagination (2011)

Conrad Brunström. Thomas Sheridan's Career and Influence: An Actor in Earnest (2011)

Richard J. Jones. Tobias Smollett in the Enlightenment: Travels Through France, Italy and Scotland (2011)

Titles of related interest:

Deborah Kennedy. Poetic Sisters: Early Eighteenth-Century Women Poets (2013)

Eds. Edward Watts and David J. Carlson. John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (2011)

Ed. Martine W. Brownley. Reconsidering Biography: Contexts, Controversies, and Sir John Hawkin's Life of Johnson (2011)

Conrad Brunström. Thomas Sheridan's Career and Influence: An Actor in Earnest (2011)

Richard J. Jones. Tobias Smollett in the Enlightenment: Travels Through France, Italy and Scotland (2011)


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