Online Talks | NDENCA, Series 4, May–July 2021

Posted in lectures (to attend), online learning by Editor on June 26, 2021

From NDENCA (click for lots more information on speakers and presentation abstracts).

New Directions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art (NDENCA)
Series 4: May–July 2021

Organised by Freya Gowrley and Madeleine Pelling

New Directions in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Art (NDENCA) is a digital seminar series aimed at championing new scholarly voices working across visual and material cultures in this period. It aims to take a global perspective, and in particular welcomes contributions by scholars from minority groups. Series 4 seminars take place on Mondays, via Zoom and are open to all. To book tickets, please email us at, ndencaseminar@gmail.com.

Papers are available on our YouTube channel for up to one month after their live session.


24 May 2021
1) Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth (Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds, Curator, 17th- and 18th-Century Ceramics and Glass, V&A Museum), Sèvres-mania’ and the Standardisation of Ceramics Connoisseurship

7 June 2021
2) Amara Thornton (Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Archaeology), Caribbean Collections Histories: Archaeology and Empire

14 June 2021
3) Nat Reeve (PhD Candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London), Queer Tombs and Reframing Doom: Elizabeth Siddal and Georgiana Burne-Jones’s Unfinished Collaborative Project

21 June 2021
4) Emily Doucet (University of Toronto), Illuminating Infrastructures: Nadar’s Underwater Photography and the Expansion of Marseille’s Modern Port

28 June 2021
5) Miguel Angel Gaete (PhD Candidate, University of York), Territorial Fantasies, Sexual Nuances, and Savage Energy: Orientalism and Tropicality in Eugène Delacroix and Johann Moritz Rugendas

5 July 2021
6) Kate Heller (Research Associate, Art Institute of Chicago), Wrought(-Iron) Boundaries: A Victorian Ecology of Thomas Jeckyll’s Norwich Gates

12 July 2021
7) Camilla Pietrabissa (Postdoctoral fellow, IUAV University of Venice), Drawing in 18th-Century Venice: The Origins of the Veduta and the Modern Culture of Spectacle

19 July 2021
8) Samuel Raybone (Lecturer in Art History, Aberystwyth University), Global Impressionism and the Idea of Wales

26 July 2021
9) Cabelle Ahn (PhD Candidate, Harvard University), Drawing Site-Specificity: The 1797 Exhibition of Drawings in the Louvre

New Book | Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century

Posted in books by Editor on June 26, 2021

From the U of Virginia Press:

Jacob Sider Jost, Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century: Hervey, Johnson, Smith, Equiano (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020), 204 pages, ISBN 978-0813945040 (cloth), $55 / ISBN 9780813945057 (paperback) $28 / ISBN 978-0813945064 (ebook), $28.

Can a single word explain the world? In the British eighteenth century, interest comes close: it lies at the foundation of the period’s thinking about finance, economics, politics, psychology, and aesthetics. Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century provides the first comprehensive account of interest in an era when a growing national debt created a new class of rentiers who lived off of interest, the emerging discipline of economics made self-interest an axiom of human behavior, and booksellers began for the first time to market books by calling them ‘interesting’. Sider Jost reveals how the multiple meanings of interest allowed writers to make connections—from witty puns to deep structural analogies—among different spheres of eighteenth-century life.

Challenging a long and influential tradition that reads the eighteenth century in terms of individualism, atomization, abstraction, and the hegemony of market-based thinking, this innovative study emphasizes the importance of interest as an idiom for thinking about concrete social ties, at court and in families, universities, theaters, boroughs, churches, and beyond. To ‘be in the interest of’ or ‘have an interest with’ another was a crucial relationship, one that supplied metaphors and habits of thought across the culture. Interest and Connection in the Eighteenth Century recovers the small, densely networked world of Hanoverian Britain and its self-consciously inventive language for talking about human connection.

Jacob Sider Jost is Associate Professor of English at Dickinson College and author of Prose Immortality, 1711–1819 (Virginia).


1  The Whig Theory of Mind: Influence and Interpretation in Lord Hervey
2  The Variety of Human Wishes
3  Professor Smith
4  Interesting Narratives
Conclusion: Reigning Words and Glorious Revolutions


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