Writing group

All meetings of the Eighteenth-Century Writing Group will take place on Teams this semester. All meetings are Wednesdays at 1–2pm.

Programme schedule 2022
12 Jan New Year’s Resolutions
23 Feb Charley Matthews: ‘Anne Lister's reading habits’ (working title)
23 March Kelsey Jackson Williams: Narrative in Academic Writing (workshop)
27 April

Katie Halsey: ‘Jane Austen and the North’

4 May PhD panel: Lucy Henry and Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman will present their doctoral projects
18 May MRes panel: Stuart Brown, Katharina Pruente, Katie Maclean and Danni Sterricks will present their Masters projects

23-27 May

Writing retreat

8 June

Andrew Bricker (University of Ghent): “Reading the Language of Libel: Eighteenth-Century Satire and the Emergence of Objective Interpretive Procedures”.

This hybrid talk will be delivered on-campus, and also available to join online.

Previous topics discussed include:

James Caudle on the Mystery of Mavisgrove – a discussion of revising the Robert Burns canon

Workshop on ‘Dealing with Revise and Resubmit’

Jennifer Robertson on Jane Austen and History

Josh Smith on political reading at the Bristol Subscription Library

Gerry McKeever on the literary geographies of the Solway Firth

Nicola Martin on warfare, pacification, and the coming of the American Revolution

Alex Deans on the Miners’ library of Westerkirk

Isla Macfarlane on the Visitors’ Books of Innerpeffray Library

Robbie Tree and Josh Smith on their PhD topics

Phil Miller, Abbey Thornton and Jason on their MRes projects

Kelsey Jackson Williams on the Scottish antiquaries

Dr Ryan Hanley, University College, London, on slavery and anti-slavery rhetoric

Colin Nicolson and Emma Macleod, on the friendship of John Adams and Jonathan Sewell

James McKean, on abbeys, priories and ruins

Jim Caudle, on Boswell’s conflicting positions on the slavery debate

Maxine Branagh-Miscampbell, on the records of the Royal High School of Edinburgh.

Katie Halsey on Jane Austen’s Nineteenth-Century Readers

Diego Palacios Cerezales on Napoleonic propaganda moves

Shaun Wallace on runaway slave advertisements in America

Lorna Clark (Carleton University) on the Burney family’s juvenilia

Colin Nicolson: 'Reading Friendship: A Case Study in Decoding and Contextualising Correspondence'
Wed 1 November 2017 - at 1-2pm: Shaun Wallace: Dealing with problems of structure

Kelsey Jackson Williams: ‘The Origins of Line Engraving in Scotland: Tracing an Art across Borders’

Miranda Reading (King’s College, London): 'Old Friends and New Allies: Evangelical Networks in the Membership of the Society for the Suppression of Vice'.

Nicola Martin: ‘The Cultural Paradigms of British Imperialism in the Militarisation of Scotland and North America, c. 1745-75’.

Katie Halsey: ‘Metaphors of Reading, 1790-1830’

Julian Bates: the 'Commercialization of Legislation: Power and Politics between the East India Company and the Parliaments of Britain, 1770 - 1795' and Paul Gardiner: 'Contemporary opinion and military discipline during the wars against France, 1793-1815'.

Sheena Bedborough: 'Scottish MPs at Westminster, 1750-1780 - the introduction and conclusion to a nearly finished PhD'

Nicola Martin: Literature review for her doctoral project on the British army in the Scottish Highlands and the American colonies in the eighteenth century

Fiona Duncan: Revising and refining a drafted piece of writing

Katie Halsey: Early stages of a grant application

Colin Nicolson: Writing Biography

Katie Halsey: ‘Jane Austen and the Picturesque’

Fiona Duncan: Discussion of summary of PhD on Tory identity and ideology, c. 1760-1832 in preparation for viva

Nicola Martin: 'Army, Assimilation and Empire: the ’45 and British imperialism in North America.'

Jamie Macpherson: 'John Adams and Eighteenth Century Friendship'

Maxine Branagh: 'From the Classic to the Vernacular: Languages of Childhood Reading and Education at the Royal High School of Edinburgh in the Long Eighteenth Century'

Jill Dye: Beginning the PhD – Early stages of writing a PhD on Innerpeffray Library

James McKean: Thesis proposal: how Gothic ideology in literature and art has come to shape the perception of ruins on the landscape in Britain

Kelsey Jackson Williams: 'The First Scottish Enlightenment'

Emma Macleod: ‘Mr Dundas will find strong precedents in the Case’: Border crossings in the English and Scottish state trials, 1793-1794'

Simon Quinn (PhD student, University of York), 'The British military in the Levantine environment: Representations of landscape, climate and disease, 1798-1801'

Jennifer Robertson and Katie Halsey, on Jane Austen, Mary Brunton, Hannah More and Jane West

Emma Macleod, on the 1820s Treason Acts

Stuart Salmon, on Revolutionary War memoirs

Group discussion on using online resources

Nicola Martin: Writing a postdoctoral research grant application