Mme de Pompadour, by Boucher (1756)


ECS at U of S Steering Committee

Moishe Black (French, emeritus) has recently been working on Diderot and Lucretius as well as other eighteenth-century topics. Two Diderot articles have appeared in Diderot Studies, while a third is forthcoming from the same journal. A piece on Voltaire came out in 1999 in the professional magazine Le Français dans le monde, and a conference paper on Rousseau is now in print in Pensée libre. Two book reviews can be found in the 2003 volume of The Structurist, and two translations have been released by George Braziller Publishers, New York: of Erik Orsesma's biography of André Le Nôtre (2001), and of Chantal Thomas' novel, Farewell, My Queen (2003).

Gordon DesBrisay (History) studies seventeenth-century Britain, especially Scottish urban social history and women's history. His current research includes work on Quakerism, autobiographical writing, religious persecution and toleration, and civic authority and godly discipline.

Peter Hynes (English), has a background in comparative literature, with particular interests in the epistolary novel, sentimental drama, and the work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He has published articles on Richardson, on Voltaire's comedies, and on Wycherley. His current writing includes essays on Lillo and Steele.

Kathleen James-Cavan (English) has published an edition of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility with Broadview Press. She has an article in Studies in the Novel on Jane Austen's The Watsons and two papers in Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She has given conference papers on Austen; Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; and Edmund Spenser. Her research concerns primarily literature by women of the later 18th century, specifically Jane Austen, Hannah Cowley, Frances Burney, Elizabeth Carter, Catherine Talbot, and Elizabeth Inchbald. As part of a collective, she helped to produce the second edition of Thinking It Through: A Practical Guide to Academic Essay Writing (Academic Skills Centre, Trent University,1989).

Jene Porter (Political Studies, Emeritus) is interested in political philosophy, including the political thought of Rousseau.

Nancy Senior (Languages & Linguistics) has published on Voltaire, on Rousseau, on angels, and on the teaching of reading and spelling reform in eighteenth-century France. She is also interested in translation studies.

Lisa Smith (History) studies illness and healing in England and France (ca. 1650-1789). Her research interests include gender, doctor-patient relationships, bodily experience, religion and therapeutics.

Alex Sokalski (Languages & Linguistics) has recently edited the Contes of Boufflers. He also takes an interest in French comic theatre, short fiction, women novelists, and book production in the eighteenth century.

Ray Stephanson (English) ( has written articles on Elizabethan fiction, Defoe, Fielding, Richardson, Smollett, Pope, and male friendship in the eighteenth century. Research interests include the histories of medicine, sexuality, law, and the marketplace of letters. His book, The Yard of Wit: Male Creativity and Sexuality, 1650-1750, was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in January 2004. See for details. His current research project is a study of Alexander Pope's correspondence.

Larry Stewart (History), specializes in the history of science in the 17th and 18th centuries. His most recent book is The Rise of Public Science: Rhetoric, Technology, and Natural Philosophy in Newtonian Britain, published by Cambridge University Press.

Lisa Vargo (English) studies late 18th-century and early 19th-century British poets, especially the Byron-Shelley circle and women writers. Her edition of Mary Shelley's Lodore is published by the Broadview Press Literary Texts Series. An on-line review of the edition can be read on Romanticism on the Net. She is co-editor with Allison Muri of The Anna Letitia Barbauld Web Page and Barbauld, Poems (1773). Her edition of Mary Shelley's Lives of the Most Eminent Writers of Spain and Portugal for Pickering and Chatto ( was published in 2002. Her current project is an edition of Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey. Home page:



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