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Research Presentations


You will be responsible for introducing the basic factual information on the author and major work that we are reading for that week. This is a comprehensive sketch of the writer and work as would be useful to a literary scholar. Provide a handout or website with the information for class dissemination and discussion. Orally review information and your process of discovery in class. Approximately 20 minutes.


This preliminary research provides the introductory historical information for the student of eighteenth-century studies, and it also provides firm grounding for any research on the figure or work. By offering the historical, statistical, biographical and bibliographical records, the researcher can set the stage accurately for any further investigation.


The following subjects should be investigated; the results should be presented to the class in an organized and easily understood format. Keep a record of the references and resources used (including databases and websites) to be listed in a works consulted/cited page at the end. Keep notes on the usefulness and accuracy of resources for discussion in class. ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK INFORMATION against more than one source. NEVER rely solely on an uncredited website or unauthorized or out-of-date source.

    For the Author:
    Life statistics: years of birth and death, places of residence, education, marital/family status, social position, posts or titles, honors.

    Statistics on publications: list of published works, major editions and the scholars associated with them, authoritative texts or editions, archival material and locations.

    Summary statement of major accomplishments as a writer; estimate of literary reputation.

    Case Study for a single work or volume:
    Publishing history: Date, place/bookseller, print run, editions, reviews, thumbnail of reception history to 20th century.

    Bibliography of secondary materials: Ten most important works - books and/or articles, top scholars, hot or recent topics related to text. Summarize main arguments regarding the work.

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