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2020 Research and Teaching Report: Melinda Rabb

Book cover of Miniature and the English Imagination


My new book, Miniature and the English Imagination: Literature, Cognition, and Small-Scale Culture 1650-1765 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), came out from Cambridge University Press in 2019, along with two more publications: an essay about Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, and the English Civil Wars in Reading Swift (Hans Verlag, 2019) and a chapter on satire and the domestic sphere in The Oxford Companion of Eighteenth-Century Satire (Oxford University Press, 2020). I was an invited speaker at two events: the Dublin Swift Symposium in Ireland in November, 2019 and at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in England in January, 2020.

New articles include: “‘Little snarling lapdogs’: Satire and Domesticity" in The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire, edited by Paddy Bullard (Oxford University Press, 2020) and “Swift, Defoe, and the Meaning of (Bare) Life” in Reading Swift, edited by Hermann Real (Hans Verlag, 2019.)

Guest lectures and talks: “Swift and the Pursuit of Happiness” – Invited speaker at the Swift Symposium, Marsh’s Library, Dublin, Ireland (November, 2019) I was also invited to participate in a roundtable on The Oxford Handbook of Eighteenth-Century Satire, BSECS annual meeting (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies), Oxford, England (January 2020.)