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Thomas Gainsborough, “Wooded Landscape with a Cottage and Shepherd” (1748-1750). Oil on Canvas. Yale Center for British Art.

The 18th-Century Common offers a public space for sharing the research of scholars who study eighteenth-century cultures with nonacademic readers.

We present short digests of our research in accessible, non-specialized language, along with links to original texts, objects, and images, as well as resources for further reading.

New posts appear below.  You can explore topics in “Collections,” informal posts on our “Blog,” and descriptions of 18th-century material around the web at the “Gazette.” Click “Editors and Advisors” to browse by post author.

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The 18th-Century Common is currently seeking contributions in the following areas:

  • (For & Against) Cognitive Science and 18th-Century Studies
  • New Directions in 18th-Century Feminist Studies: Developments of the Field in the Twenty-First Century
  • The Age of Wonder: Science and the Arts in the 18th Century
  • Rethinking the Intersections of Romantic-Age Literature & Science: New Approaches to Mary Shelley’s Representation of Science & Technology in Frankenstein
  • Travel, Exploration, and Empire in the 18th-Century

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Latest Posts

Margaret Cochrane Corbin and the Papers of the War Department

Margaret Cochrane Corbin and the <em>Papers of the War Department</em>

Within the records of the early United States War Department, amidst the pay receipts and accounts of treaty negotiations with Native American tribes, there are glimpses into the life of relatively ordinary Americans, many illiterate, who served their country during the war for Independence.

Agency and Anxiety: On Marie-Hélène Huet’s The Culture of Disaster

Agency and Anxiety: On Marie-Hélène Huet’s <em>The Culture of Disaster</em>

Disasters permeate the daily news and saturate our consciousness. This, as Marie-Hélène Huet proposes in a new book, is the way of the modern world.

Interiority and Jane Porter’s Pocket Diary

Interiority and Jane Porter’s Pocket Diary

Julie Park, Assistant Professor of English at Vassar College, describes her fascinating recent research into the “written documents of daily life from real eighteenth-century lives” at the Folger Shakespeare Library.