Department of English

University of Toronto

Noelle Gallagher Talk - Toronto Eighteenth-Century Group

Event date: Wednesday, October 02, 2019, at 7:30 PM
Location: Jackman Humanities Building, room 616

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us two weeks from today - Wednesday, October 2 - for this year's first meeting of the Toronto Eighteenth-Century Group. Noelle Gallagher (English, University of Manchester) will be here to talk about her raucous and wonderful new book, Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination (Yale, 2018). Noelle writes:

Historians of medicine have long held that venereal disease reached epidemic proportions in the eighteenth century. Many assume that the condition's increasing prevalence, shameful means of transmission, and horrifying symptoms rendered it an object of universal revulsion and fear. Yet many imaginative depictions of venereal disease from this period dismiss the condition as laughable or untroubling, and some even champion venereal infection as a badge of male virility. In this paper, I explore the fleeting ‘fashion' for venereal disease in eighteenth-century British literature and graphic art. Surveying texts that condone the infection alongside texts that identify it as a punishment for ambition or concupiscence, I argue that the sexual double standard effectually worked to code venereal disease as male, and to identify it as a symbol of elite male prerogatives.

Our venue, as always, is the English Department Seminar Room (Room 616, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street). All events begin at 7:30 pm. Please join us 15 minutes early for chat.

Local grad students in eighteenth-century studies have formed a reading group, which meets before each TECG talk to discuss a reading recommended by the speaker. New members are always welcome! For more information, please contact Michael Reid ( mgb.reid@utoronto.ca ).

For generous sponsorship of this year's programme, I am grateful to Gale, publisher of ECCO, the Burney Newspapers, and other primary source collections. Salvy Trojman, Gale's Canadian manager, will be with us on October 2 and other meetings, and will be happy to help anyone with individual search questions after the talk.

For further information about the Toronto Eighteenth-Century Group, please visit our website: http://sites.utoronto.ca/ecsg/index.html

 

 


TECG Schedule

Please find below the TECG schedule for this year - one of our best ever! We begin in early October with a visit from Noelle Gallagher (Manchester), who will talk about her raucous and wonderful new book, Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination (Yale, 2018). In November, our very own Nick Rogers (York) will introduce us to his forthcoming microhistory, Murder on the Middle Passage, about one of the first ever trials for murder of a chattel slave. Next February, Ellen Lockhart from Music will share her work on eighteenth-century acoustic science and new discourses about the natural world. Finally, on March 11, the great Valerie Traub from Michigan will be here to showcase her new project on early modern sexuality, race, and the history of cartography.

Our venue, as always, is the English Department Seminar Room (Room 616, Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street). All events begin at 7:30 pm. Please join us 15 minutes early for chat.

Local grad students in eighteenth-century studies have formed a reading group, which meets before each TECG talk to discuss a reading recommended by the speaker. New members are always welcome! For more information, please contact Michael Reid (mgb.reid@utoronto.ca).

For generous sponsorship of this year's programme, I am grateful to Gale, publisher of ECCO, the Burney Newspapers, and other primary source collections. Salvy Trojman, Gale's Canadian manager, will be with us on October 2 and other meetings, and will be happy to help anyone with individual search questions after the talk.

For further information about the Toronto Eighteenth-Century Group, please visit our website: http://sites.utoronto.ca/ecsg/index.html  

Looking forward very much,

Toronto Eighteenth-Century Group 2019-2020


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Noelle Gallagher (Manchester)
"The Good News About Pox"


Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Nick Rogers (History, York)
"Murder on the Middle Passage: The Trial of Captain Kimber, 1792"


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Ellen Lockhart (Music, U of T)
"Wolves in the Scale: Hearing Nature in Late Eighteenth-Century Music"

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Valerie Traub (Michigan)*
"Mapping Sex Across the Globe"


*In collaboration with the Toronto Group for Early Modern Studies and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
All events at 7:15 pm. Rm. 616, Jackman Humanities Bldg., 170 St George St.

For more info, please visit http://sites.utoronto.ca/tecg  or email Simon Dickie simon.dickie@utoronto.ca


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