DepositPassions, Emotions and Cognition in the Long Eighteenth-Century Literature in England

“Passions, Emotions and Cognition in the Long Eighteenth-Century Literature in England” 4th issue of journal “English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts” (Flavio Gregori, ed.). Contents: Michael McKeon: “Aesthetic Cognition: Feeling the Emotions of Others”; Margaret A. Doody: “The Actor, the Mirror, the Soul and the Sylph ” Regina M. Dal Santo: “The Rhetoric of Passions in John Tillotson’s Sermons” Judith Hawley: “Scriblerian Cognition: Pope, Swift, Arbuthnot and Self-Knowledge” Katarzyna Kozak: “The Hurry and Uproar of Their Passions: Images of the Early 18th-Century Whig” Riccardo Capoferro: “Fears, Apprehensions and Conjecture: Suspense in Robinson Crusoe” Lucia Quinault: ” ‘So Shall She Now the Softest Coulours Chuse | To Paint thy Fate & Shadow out thy Woes’: Poetry and Emotion in the Abergavenny Scandal of 1729″

MemberDavid Samuel Mazella

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature. My first book was The Making of Modern Cynicism (University of Virginia Press, 2007), a conceptual and cultural history of the cynic and cynicism between the seventeenth and nineteenth century in Anglo-British writing. With Laura Rosenthal, I administer and contribute to a scholarly blog, The Long Eighteenth ( that discusses eighteenth-century literature, history, culture, along with pedagogical issues. For the last three years, I have served as the Director of the UH Center for Teaching Excellence ( My next book will be a literary history of the year 1771, told from the perspective of the published and unpublished writings produced and read in four cities: London, Edinburgh, Philadelphia, and Kingston, Jamaica.

MemberLaura L. Runge

I’ve been a professor for my entire adult life, in this profession for over two and a half decades.  While I feel like a veteran scholar, I also feel as though we are all on the verge of a new world, where old rules don’t apply.  Working as an academic at this historical moment is like being an 18th-century scholar in that we have one foot in the past and one in the present, leading toward the future. My academic interests remain in 18thC literature, especially women writers, digital humanities, open access, environmental literature, pedagogy. With Jessica Cook, I have edited a wonderful new collection of essays by a slate of exceptional scholars called The Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, forthcoming from University of Delaware Press. I am also editor of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

MemberDonald Haase

My research on German, French, English, and American fairy tales, folktales, literature, and film spans topics from the 18th century to the present. I am general editor of the Series in Fairy-Tale Studies published by Wayne State University Press and former editor of the international journal Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies. I serve on the editorial board of Marvels & Tales and on the advisory boards of Fairy Tale Review, Gramarye, Dzieciństwo: Literatura i Kultura, and the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.

MemberJulia V. Douthwaite

French literature of 18th and 19th centuries, French Revolution and its aftermath in literature, English–French relations, popular culture. I am most interested in the reappropriation of symbolic stories from the past into present-day media. My latest book, _The Frankenstein of 1790 and Other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France_ (UChicago Press, 2012), has been translated into French with the help of former students Pierre André (currently PhD candidate at NYU) and Alexane Bébin (Univ. de Rennes), and is under review.
Since 2012, I have been leading a writing workshop for kids called “Write YOUR Story” at the public library in South Bend. We write stories and create altered books (based on used hard-bound children’s books). This is one way I have devised to get out of the academy and use my skills to enable a new public to experience the joys of writing and book-creation.


I am an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Stamford. I am a Black Studies scholar focusing on African American culture from the 18th century to the present. I also study the Haitian Revolution and the Northern Kingdom period, as well as intersections between African American and French culture. My first book, The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture, follows this literary trope from the 17th century to the early 20th in European, West Indian and North American literature and historiography. It is forthcoming at the University of Georgia Press (Spring 2019). I have translated the French treatise Free Jazz/Black Power by Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli (Mississippi UP: 2015), and edited a scholarly edition of Marcus Rainsford’s An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti (Duke UP: 2013; co-edited with Paul Youngquist). My articles have been published in Studies in American Fiction, the African American Review, Criticism, and Notes and Queries. I am the current President of the African American Literature and Culture Society (AALCS) and of the Amiri Baraka Society.

MemberKirstyn Leuner

Dr. Kirstyn J. Leuner is Assistant Professor of English at Santa Clara University. She earned her Ph.D. in Romantic-era literature at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests include literature of the long 18th century, digital humanities (DH), women’s writing, media history, and romanticism. She has published essays on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Rodolphe Töpffer’s earliest comic strips, markup languages, and book history. She directs the Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing, a multi-institutional DH project that studies Francis Stainforth’s library, the largest private library of women’s writing collected in the 19th century. She is also a board member of and webmistress for the British Women Writers Association and an advisory board member for Romantic Circles Pedagogies. See her new faculty profile on SCU’s English Department website. When not writing or teaching, she is probably rock climbing or getting lost on a trail run.