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The Spectator: Daily Reading in the Essay Form

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Presenter: Professor Markman Ellis
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Room 202A Learning and Innovation Building, UQ St Lucia

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The Spectator (1711-1712) was an ‘essay periodical’, in which an essay, buffered only with a few advertisements, comprised the entirety of a daily publication, like a newspaper. This paper considers the experience of reading The Spectator as a daily paper, both in contemporary print culture, and for its effects on the form of the essay.

MARKMAN ELLIS is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The Politics of Sensibility (1996), The History of Gothic Fiction (2000),
The Coffee-House: a Cultural History (2004) and the general editor of Eighteenth-Century Coffee House Culture (2006) and Tea and the Tea-Table in Eighteenth-Century England (2010). With Richard Coulton and Matthew Mauger he is writing The Empire of Tea (forthcoming 2014). His current research concerns the correspondence in intellectual culture in the eighteenth century, focussing on the archives of Elizabeth Montagu and Thomas Birch.
Prof. Ellis is in Australia as a guest of the School of Humanities, Griffith University, where he is keynote speaker at the ARC-funded symposium, “Listening to Civility, 1700-1850”.

The Early Modern Literature Forum is an opportunity for those working on English and European literature and drama, 1500-1800 (or in related fields, such as history, philosophy, music, or the history of art) to share research and engage in discussion about texts and issues of common interest. Regular fortnightly meetings will take place on Fridays at 4:00pm in Room 202A of the Learning and Innovation Building on the UQ St Lucia campus. For further information contact Ross Knecht (r.knecht@uq.edu.au) or Brandon Chua (b.chua@uq.edu.au)