May 24, 2024

UMW Hosts Eighteenth-Century Conference

The 47th Annual Conference of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies met at UMW on Oct. 27-29. Marie McAllister (ELC) served as 2016 Conference Chair. Program Committee members were Ben LaBreche (ELC), Betsy Lewis (MLL), Will Mackintosh (HIST), and Maya Mathur (ELC). Marie Wellington (MLL) and Richard Hansen (emeritus, ELC) served as registration volunteers. The nearly one hundred attendees hailed from institutions in Virginia and neighboring states, and from schools across the country. Events included a keynote address by Catherine Ingrassia of VCU and walking tours of Historic Fredericksburg. LaBreche and Mackintosh also presented their scholarly work at the conference, and Wellington served on the Molin Prize Committee.

The conference was supported by the Wendy Shadwell ’63 Program Endowment in British Literature, the CAS Dean’s Office, and the ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL Departments. Special thanks to our student aides and to the many wonderful staff members from Events, Setup, Catering, Copy Center, Admissions, University Center, Parking, CAS, ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL who contributed their knowledge and assistance.


McAllister Publishes Scholarly Edition

cover-McAllister-editionMarie E. McAllister, Professor of English, has published a scholarly edition of Ann Flaxman’s An Uninteresting Detail of a Journey to Rome.

Romantic Circles Electronic Editions, with which McAllister’s book appears, publishes refereed editions of British literature from the late 18th and early 19th-centuries. In 1787 Ann Flaxman set out for France and Italy with her husband, the sculptor John Flaxman. The comically-titled journal she kept during her travels tells the story of a female Grand Tour, something quite rare, and of an extended artist’s visit to Italy, something quite common. Her perceptive and entertaining manuscript, located in the British Library, has been known to scholars but never previously published. The Journey serves as an excellent introduction to English travel writing just before the French Revolution, and to the 18th-century international arts scene. It also reveals the challenges and rewards of being an atypically poor continental traveler and an aspiring woman writer.

Romantic Circles editions include extensive scholarly introductions and appropriate scholarly apparatus for texts edited to the highest editorial standards. They are published in TEI-compliant XML. TEI renders archival quality text for better preservation and future access. Dr. Patrick Murray-John, former Instructional Technology specialist at UMW, assisted with the coding. This project was supported by a UMW faculty development grant and a 2005 sabbatical.

McAllister’s Article Selected for Republication

Marie E. McAllister, Profesor of English, has had an article chosen for republication in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, vol. 271 (2013). Entitled “‘Only to Sink Deeper’: Venereal Disease in Sense and Sensibility,” the article first appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17.1 (2004): 87-110.

McAllister Participates in Workshop

Marie E. McAllister

Marie E. McAllister

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, participated in the workshop “Liberate the Text! (While Creating a Publishable Digital Textual Edition)” run by 18thConnect and attended the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference in March.

McAllister Publishes Article

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, has published an article in Source: Notes on the History of Art. “A Flaxman Mystery Solved: Lalande, Flaxman’s Venice Visit, and the Attribution of British Library Add. MS 39890” grows out of McAllister’s work on the 18th-century travel writer Ann Flaxman, wife of the famous British sculptor John Flaxman (1755-1826). A series of fortuitous discoveries in library archives enabled McAllister to demonstrate that a manuscript long taken as a significant source on John Flaxman’s travels and education was in fact a translation from a French travel book, not an actual travel journal. UMW colleague Marjorie Och helped suggest an ideal publication venue for this discovery, which will be of interest to historians of Neoclassical art as well as scholars working on travel literature.

McAllister Presents at Conference

Marie E. McAllister, professor of English, gave a paper entitled “Addicted to Fame: Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda” at the biennial conference of the Aphra Behn Society, an organization for the study of women and gender in the arts from 1660-1830. McAllister also recently attended the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Philadelphia.