Corpus Christi, Texas
"An Effervescent Era"

Now available on line! 2009 Conference Program

Get in the mood with nautical mood music: Handel's Alla Hornpipe (from Water Music, 1717).

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All persons with an ardent interest in the long eighteenth-century are invited to present papers or to organize panels at SCSECS 2009. Our meeting will be held at the Omni Hotel.

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The special conference rate, available only through this link, has been extended through January 23.

There are many ways in which to join the program. Participants may send a paper proposal to any of the seminar organizers shown below. Those who may be writing papers on topics other than those represented in the preliminary list below may send their proposals directly to the conference organizer, Kevin L. Cope, at, who will insure that they find a place in one of the many seminars that will crop up from at-large submissions. Those who would like to organize a panel should send a description of that seminar to the aforementioned address. Especially welcome are completed panels for which the leader has recruited participants. Deadline for submission of proposals is December 31, 2008, although those in special circumstances may request a short extension.

If you prefer snail-mail, send your proposal to Professor Kevin L. Cope, Department of English, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70803. Or fax it to 225-751-3161.

About our 2009 conference venue:

SCSECS is proud to announce that the new venue for its 2009 convention will be Corpus Christi, Texas! Although we had all anticipated the pleasures of a meeting in colorful but storm-damaged Galveston, those joys will be saved for a later day. 2009 will bring us instead to an equally enticing venue, where dozens of miles of fresh sandy beach combine with a carousel of cultural and touristic attractions to create the premier resort of the middle Texas Gulf coast. Long accounted the forgotten jewel in the dazzling tiara of Texas shoreline utopias, Corpus Christi will felicitate even the most discerning connoisseurs.

The SCSECS convention will take advantage of or provide easy access to the full range of Corpus Christi attractions. Owing to the unexpectedness of the hurricane-induced opportunity to explore this fruitful community, plans are still in the works, but very likely prospects for SCSECS events and activities include the first-ever conference reception aboard an aircraft carrier, the historic USS Lexington; a starlight social event adjacent to the glistening waters of the Gulf coast; a seemingly underwater plenary address at the Texas State Aquarium; a Sayre-Greenfield-hallmarked journey into the bird habitats of the coastal islands and marshes; a probe of the gleaming ultra-modern Art Museum of South Texas, with its ingeniously futuristic design and yet perennially nautical white aggregate construction; opportunities to explore the festive harborside esplanade; and much more!

Our hotel will rival the venue when it comes to a surplus of excellences. SCSECS will lodge in the venerable Omni Hotel, the premier convention lodge and surely the most exclusive four-star venue in the rich portfolio of Corpus Christi hostelries. Accomplished, decorated chefs will regale conventioneers with regional delicacies and coveted morsels from the splendiferous pantry of new American and ethnic cuisine. Fresh rooms supercharged with amenities and rising in heaven-caressing towers will welcome SCSECSers with all that visitors could desire. And all that at a bargain price!

SCSECS 2009 is therefore the convention for you. Send in a proposal for a paper or panel today! And stand by for more announcements as details are finalized!


Judith Broome, William Paterson University, “Desperate Housewives in the Eighteenth-Century Novel.”

Tony Lee, Kentucky Western University, “Mentoring and Intertextuality in the Eighteenth Century.”

Anne Barbeau Gardiner, John Jay College, “Religion and Literature.”

Brett McInelly, Brigham Young University, “Religion in the Age of Enlightenment.”

James and Connie Thorson, University of New Mexico, “Jonathan Swift.”;

Colby H. Kullman, University of Mississippi, “Approaches to Overlooked Texts.”

Laura Stevens, University of Tulsa, “America in Eighteenth-Century Studies: The State of the Field.”

John Scanlan, Providence College, “Law and Literature.”

Murray Brown, Georgia State University, “Jacobites: Imagined, Represented, Chronicled in History, Literature, and the Arts”

Susan Spencer, University of Central Oklahoma, TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Eva Dadlez and James Mock, University of Central Oklahoma, “Hume and the Usual Suspects.”;

Gloria Eive, St. Mary’s University of California, “The janusian Mask: Opening the Gates to Comedy and Tragedy.”

Dwight Codr, Tulane University, “Criminal Values: Representations of Crime and Deviance in Eighteenth-Century British Literature.”

Michael Matthis, Lamar University, “Eighteenth-Century Philosophy and its Offspring.”

David Mazella, University of Houston, “Roundtable on Eighteenth-Century Life Writing.”

Fritz Wilhelm Neuman, University of Erfurt, “Eighteenth-Century London Seen through Twenty-First Century Eyes: Fallacy and Continuity.”

John Burke, University of Alabama, “Gothic Ideologies.”

Eugenia Zuroski, University of Arkansas, “The Spectral Eighteenth Century.”

Kathryn Stasio, St. Leo University, “Interdisciplinary Approaches.”

Dale Katherine Ireland, California State University, East Bay, “Eighteenth-Century Travel: Spilling Over the Borders of Self, Space, and Time”

Martha Lawler, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, “Serendipity and Miscellany: the Inspiration and Significance of an Unexpected Find.”

Linda Troost, Washington and Jefferson University, “The Popular Eighteenth Century: Folk Materials and Motifs.”

Sayre Greenfield, University of Pittsburgh and Greensburg, “Jane Austen: The Champagne of Novelists”

Kit Kincade, Indiana State University, “Defoe.”

Kevin L. Cope, Louisiana State University, “Greatness, Glory, and Grandeur: Works on Big, Sublime, or Comprehensive Topics, Actions, and Ideas.”

Michael Rotenberg-Schwartz, New Jersey City University, “Teaching Eighteenth-Century Teaching.”

Phyllis Thompson, East Tennessee State University, “Women and Medical Practices.”

Alice Cushman, Tarleton State University, “Architecture, real and fictional, in the long eighteenth century: theories, functions, and appearances.”


The theme for SCSECS 2009 will be "An Effervescent Era." Entering the English language during the long eighteenth-century, "effervescence" and "effervescent" pertain in every way to a period committed to the vivacious overflow of information, enthusiasm, energy, activity, and affability. Effervescence is everywhere in our favorite era: in the mineral waters that bubbled up in every environment, from Bath spa to the great geyser in Iceland; in the upwellings of knowledge that seemed to fizz off in every direction from anyone who could manage to hold a pen, whether the traveler spewing out reports from hither and yon or the encyclopedist trying to keep up with entry recommendations as the popped in at every portal; in the corpuscles and monads of the photophilic Newton and Leibniz, whose universes twinkled with scintillations, reflections, and seemingly sentient sequins; in the first step of explorers who, coming ashore to greet unfamiliar peoples, plied the sizzling foam before stepping onto the shifting sands of cultural diversity; in the arias of Haendel, where the slightest event can set off buoyant choruses; in the verse of Cowper, where fuming manure ferments into burgeoning cucumbers; in the exploits of Olympe de Gouges, whose every move triggers an eruption of posters and pamphlets; and in a thousand other venues in which spontaneity and profusion combine!

Of course, panels and papers on all topics are welcome; like the gates of the Muses, SCSECS is open to all! Both long-term SCSECS members and new inquirers are encouraged to offer everything from bare proposals to fully developed and staffed panels (the latter are especially welcome). Come one, come all!