ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

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List of Papers (Total 204)

Neoclassicism and Camp in Sir William Hamilton’s Naples

Susan Sontag, in her now-classic “Notes on Camp” (1964), traces the origins of camp to the eighteenth century (13, 14, 33). And although it is precisely the baroque and rococo art movements against which Winckelmann rebelled that Sontag identifies as camp, it is worth reflecting on whether the notion of imitation that is central to both movements – imitation of ancient works in...

Sterne’s Sentimental Temptations: Sex, Sensibility, and the Uses of Camp

Laurence Sterne’s lack of commitment to the tenets of sentimentality in A Sentimental Journey—present in his ability to mock and praise the individual capacity to feel, and more precisely, in his satirical reading of the “cult of sensibility,” the new ideological imperative to have and to showcase deep, sentimental feelings—remains as one of the central challenges for readings of...

Eighteenth-Century Camp Introduction

A blend of the silly and the extravagant that puts the serious into conversation with the ridiculous, camp today is often signified by elements of eighteenth-century Europe with its elaborate hairstyles, exaggerated silhouettes, affected courtiers, and a rise in the consumption of exotic goods, candelabras, masks, and other markers of elite excess (often with a nod to the era’s...

Review of Royal Shakespeare Company Production of Mary Pix’s The Beau Defeated, retitled The Fantastic Follies of Mrs. Rich

Jo Davies’s reprise of Mary Pix’s comedy The Beau Defeated, Or The Lucky Younger Brother,performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon under the title The Fantastic Follies of Mrs. Rich refocuses the comedy from its original engagement with primogeniture and middling class masculinity towards the female characters. It also diffuses Pix’s...

Highest Form of Public Scholarship

By Cynthia Richards, Published on 10/30/17

Review of Teresa Barnard, ed. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century.

Review of Teresa Barnard, ed. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century.

Arabella’s Valentines and Literary Connections [dot] com: Playing with Eighteenth-Century Gender Online

This article describes two digital assignments that ask students to imaginatively embody characters from eighteenth-century texts written by women in order to cultivate a greater awareness of the critical role of gender and gender critique in these works. The first of these assignments, “Arabella’s Valentines,” asks students to translate dialogue from Charlotte Lennox’s The...

Charlotte Charke’s Gun: Queering Material Culture and Gender Performance

This essay juxtaposes readings of material culture and gender performance in Charlotte Charke’s Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke (1755). It argues that the transient relationship Charke has to the objects in her life mirrors the fluidity of her gender. The essay ultimately uses Charke’s narrative as a case study in a questioning of a binarized gender matrix. The...

General Editor's Note

By Laura Runge, Published on 06/09/17

Review of Teresa Barnard, ed. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century.

Review of Teresa Barnard, ed. British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century.

Embodying Character, Adapting Communication; or, the Senses and Sensibilities of Epistolarity and New Media in the Classroom

This essay describes a classroom role-playing activity that incorporates both modern social media and the tools of eighteenth-century composition. Students communicate with each other as characters in the assigned novel, by either texting, tweeting, or writing longhand with quill pens. The exercise aims to help students grasp the sometimes-elusive historical contexts of...