Past Guest Speakers


Each year, the 18th & 19th Century Subfield welcomes a distinguished scholar from another institution for a guest lecture or workshop. Past guest speakers are listed below.

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  • Helen Deutsch, UCLA, “Professing Literature: Swift, Said, and Secular Criticism” (March 2017)
  • Alan Bewell, University of Toronto, “Natures Lost (And Found) in Translation” (March 2017)
  • Sharon Marcus, Columbia University, “Eric Auerbach’s Slide Table: Scale and Value in Literary Studies” (April 2016)
  • Deidre Shauna Lynch, Harvard University, “Introduction to Mansfield Park” (November 2015)
  • Alan Richardson, Boston College, “Literature, Neuroscience, and a New Account of Imagination” (April 2015)Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 9.25.51 AM
  • Alison Booth, University of Virginia, “Author Country and Transatlantic Homes and Haunts, circa 1913” (April 2014)
  • James Eli Adams, Columbia University, “At Home with Phil and George: Dickens, Domesticity, Desire” (November 2012)
  • Hina Nazar, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, “Facing Ethics: Narrative and Recognition from George Eliot to Judith Butler” (November 2011)
  • 18_19 subfield Sharon Marcus poster-page-001 copy 2Deidre Shauna Lynch, University of Toronto, “Obituaries for Poetry: Dead Poet Love, the Life of the Author, and Photographed Romanticism” (November 2010)
  • Susan Wolfson, Princeton University, “Byron’s Ghosts” (April 2009)
  • Mary Poovey, NYU, “Reflections of a Worried Feminist, Twenty Years On” (April 2008)
  • Nancy Armstrong, Duke University, “Gender Must be Defended” (April 2008)
  • Kate Flint, USC, “The ‘hour of pink twilight’: The Queer Politics of Encounter on the Fin-de-siècle Street” (March 2008)
  • John Kucich, Rutgers University, “Does Historicism Need Psychoanalysis? Sexology, Masochism and Counterdiscourse” (February 2006)