Founded in early 1990, C18-L is an international, interdisciplinary forum for discussing all aspects of 18th-century studies -- that is, the "long 18th century," which extends roughly from 1660 to 1830.

C18-L is a virtual forum that works by circulating posted messages via e-mail to all subscribers. The primary language of C18-L is English, but we welcome correspondence in other languages as well. Our bibliographical database, Selected Readings, is multilingual.

C18-L subscribers can expect to receive frequent bulletins of professional interest (notices of conferences, grants, fellowships, calls for papers, etc.), and are welcome to post or forward such bulletins. Subscribers who send queries (asking for help with identification of quotations, recommendations for reading, research support, &c.) report they have received answers within 24 hours, and sometimes even within minutes. We also enjoy debates on a wide variety of topics, so that the tone of the discussion is something like a particularly stimulating coffeeroom discussion or seminar. We are usually able to avoid the rancor that afflicts other internet discussion groups.

This is how it works, briefly -- when you subscribe, your name is enrolled by our mailing program (known to its friends and admirers as "LISTSERV"), and whenever any subscriber sends C18-L a message, you get a copy. Signing on and off is easy.

 

 

Join or leave C18-L

C18-L's Selected Readings

18th-Century Organizations around the world

The c18 project - le projet c18

Links to Libraries with strong 18th-c holdings (sorry--not active at the moment)

Search the C18-L archives (a great new link!)

Jack Lynch's Eighteenth-Century Resources Links

Some links to web pages created by C18-L participants (sorry--not active at the moment)

Send email to Netwallah Kevin Berland

Recent Sources for 18th-Century Studies: Bibliographical Tools

 

James E. May

Recent Studies and Editions of Women Writers, Readers, and Publishers

 

James E. May

Recent Studies in 18th-Century Children's Literature

 

James E. May

Recent Studies in Journalism and the Periodical Press

 

James E. May

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Recent Studies in 18th-Century Book Culture

 

James E. May

Recent Studies in 18th-Century Illustration and Prints, Including Cartography

 

James E. May

Recent Publications Concerning 18th-Century Holdings in Contemporary Library and Manuscript Collections

 

James E. May

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  One of our ongoing community projects is Selected Readings, an online interdisciplinary bibliography of 18th-century studies, covering as many topics in as many areas as we can manage. The project started in 1992 as a more or less monthly e-mail bibliography, and moved to the web in 1997. Because the contributors are all volunteers, as is the compiler-editor (Netwallah Kevin Berland), we do not promise a comprehensive bibliography -- but what we do have is fully searchable. SR covers the so-called "long 18th century," with some judicious incursions into eras somewhat before and after our century... We are always glad to welcome new volunteers.

  C18-L is an independent, autonomous, volunteer enterprise, with no formal alliances or allegiances to any scholarly organization or educational institution -- though we are grateful to the Pennsylvania State University for their generosity in hosting both the discussion group and the website.

  C18-L is committed to the principles of free speech and the free exchange of ideas. While we disapprove of rancorous and personal arguments, we do not censor discussions. No favouritism toward any historical, critical, or theoretical position should be imputed to the management of C18-L.

  Here are some of the basic tenets of C18-L "netiquette":

1) Although most of the messages on C18-L are in English, we welcome messages in any other language.
2) Queries concerning nearly anything related to our field are welcome. Those who have issued a query and have received helpful information should acknowledge those who've helped at some point. It's nice and it makes everybody feel good.
3) The C18-L community is unlikely to welcome queries that appear to be requests for doing somebody's research for term-papers, &c. ("I have an essay on Swift due next week, can anybody help?" -- this is a real message once received), though we really do not mind at all talking about research tips and sharing research resources.
4) Because of the demographics of academic careers, many of our active participants are involved in English literature -- but C18-L is not exclusively an English literature discussion group. Those who wish to discuss English literature will kindly remember that the phrase "an 18th-century survey course" will have a different meaning to many other subscribers, and thus they will adjust their subject lines and phrasing to accommodate the interdisciplinarity of the audience.
5) Those who wish to see topics other than English literature discussed should consider initiating such a discussion.
6) Although the majority of C18-L subscribers are residents of the United States, this is an international forum, and participants in the discussion should be aware of the problems implicit in assuming a shared national experience.
7) Be nice. Be aware that irony may be invisible online, that sarcasm may appear much more acerbic and hurtful than intended online, that people's feelings may be more sensitive than textual evidence might suggest, that nobody ever benefited from wholesale attacks on theoretical, ideological, and historical positions or lack thereof.
8) Be rhetorically aware: if at all possible, compose your responses to a discussion, reread them and rewrite them if necessary -- it's always a good idea to check to make sure your message really says what you mean it to say. And it's not a bad idea to reread the message to which you are replying to ascertain whether it really says what you have taken it to mean...
9) Be careful. You may be embarrassed more than somewhat if you send a personal message to the entire group. But if you do, you join an august company of dixhuitièmistes who should have known better -- everybody does it at some time. Relax. Laugh about it.
10) Be temperate. Though C18-L does not censor subject matter, subscribers who become personally abusive may have their messages screened, delayed, or returned for suggested editorial revision.
11) Be considerate. C18-L's policy on reposting parts of the conversation is simple: active and explicit permission for republication must be given by each person quoted, and a link back to C18-L must be included. Permissions are necessary to protect the long-standing openness of on line conversation.
12) Be wonderful. C18-L provides the opportunity to be supportive and generous and cooperative and collegial. Share what you know.

 

This page was prepared by C18-L Netwallah

Kevin Berland

(Visitors since March, 1998 when this version of the Home Page was created; there were lots before that, too, but we lost the number when we reconstructed the site. Whoops!)

This page was last updated June 22, 2005.