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“This is not the end!”: 1719!, Jacobite Ballads, and Scotland’s Cyclical History of Resistance

31 July 2019

Since January 2019, the Scottish Opera has been holding interactive performances of a Jacobite-themed production entitled 1719! in dozens of primary schools across Scotland. The opera...

“Prompted by the Violence of her Passion”: Gendered Crime in the 18th Century and Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess

24 July 2019

A View of the South Front of the North Side of the Marshalsea Prison (1812), Unknown Artist after James Lewis, 1751–1820 When Melliora’s father dies in Eliza Haywood’s...

Human Waste and Wasted Humans: Flotsam and Jetsam in the Anthropocene

8 July 2019

Slaves in the Hold of the Albanoz (1846) by Lt. Francis Meynell © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1973, the Zoe Colocotroni, an...

She-Pirates: Early Eighteenth-Century Fantasy and Reality

11 June 2019

John Massey Wright, 1777–1866, British. Pirates (undated). Watercolor with graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection....