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Postgraduate Course: Eighteenth-Century Cultural History: Historiography and Archival Methods (PGHC11364)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe TAUGHT MSC/DIP IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CULTURES aims to deliver the academic, professional, and archival training required to undertake graduate-level research in eighteenth-century cultural history. Conceptually, this core-course responds to recent developments in eighteenth-century historical scholarship by focussing on individual and social creative expression (rather than, say, purely intellectual achievements) of the "age of improvement" that has come to define the century that contained and extended beyond the Scottish Enlightenment. Pedagogically, the course combines 'in-house' seminar-style teaching in the historiography of eighteenth-century British culture with practical 'on-site' training modules and an internship in professional and archival skills at major neighbouring repositories of Scottish art and historical documents. Its view of the century extends through the long eighteenth century (i.e. from c.1688 to 1832). While it will examine cultural developments in England, Scotland, and the empire, it will do so from a cosmopolitan Scottish perspective, befitting its location.
Course description The following topics will vary annually, according to staffing arrangements.
Semester One
Week 1 Lecture on Research Methods
Week 2 Seminar Cultural History of the Eighteenth Century
Week 3 Seminar Society, Politeness, and "The Ferment of Knowledge": Historiography of the Scottish Enlightenment in European Context
Week 4 Seminar Cultural Politics and the Luminary Arts: Perspectives on Scottish Cultural History after the Acts of Union
Week 5 Seminar Painted portraiture: History of art; history as art?
Week 6 Archive Visit The Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Week 7 Student Presentations Historiography of the Internship Projects
Week 8 Seminar Luxury, Consumption, and Cultural Identity
Week 9 Seminar Material culture
Week 10 Archive Visit The National Museum of Scotland

Semester Two

Week 1 Lecture on Research Methods
Week 2 Seminar Architectural History
Week 3 Archive Visit The Royal Commission on the Historical and
Ancient Monuments of Scotland
Week 4 Seminar Representation for Export: Scottish Inventions of English Literature
Week 5 Seminar Commerce and Cultural Identity: Scottish Booksellers and Their Readers
Week 6 Archive Visit National Library of Scotland, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts
Week 7 Short Presentations by Students Historiography of the Internship Projects
Week 8 Seminar Trade, Textiles, and Cultural Consumption
Week 9 Archive Visit National Archives of Scotland
Week 10 Seminar Music, Song, Markets
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Scholarly knowledge, appropriate to Level-11 assessments that document:
    - Sophisticated ability to locate sources of eighteenth-century Scottish cultural history in major repositories;
    - Analytical and research skills necessary for meaningful and critical engagement with associated secondary sources (in print and online).
    - Complex understanding of the historiography that informs the study of the cultural history of the eighteenth century in Britain;
    - Advanced appreciation of the research methodologies that scholars use to evaluate and analyse historical evidence, through participation in a core courses that comprises an on-site internship and seminar-based training, along with option courses drawn from associated disciplines;
    - Demonstrative expansion of individual analytical and interpretive skills, through critical assessment of written work appropriate to academic and curatorial contexts;
    - Meaningful understanding of two significant fields of research in associated cultural history, developed and assessed through two 3500-word research essays.
  2. Academic skills, demonstrated through assessments that require:
    - Critical thinking, observation and reading, suited to oral and written work;
    - Preparation of balanced, accessible, and valid discussions of complex issues and evidence pertaining to eighteenth-century cultural history in Anglo-Scottish context;
    - Sharing of constructive criticism, through participation in seminars and internship arrangements, and through critical assessment of other students¿ ideas as presented through the PebblePad platform;
    - Composition of concise arguments to firm deadlines.
Reading List
Indicative Secondary Reading List

Eighteenth Century Life (1976-) Consult online
Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (1971-) Consult online

Allan, D. Scotland in the Eighteenth Century: Union and Enlightenment (London: Longman, 2002).
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Andrews, Corey E. "Drinking and Thinking: Club Life and Convivial Sociability in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh," The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. 22:1 (2007) 65-82.
Asch, R. G., ed. Three Nations: A Common History? England, Scotland, Ireland, and British History, c.1600-1920 (London: Bochum, 1993).
Berg, M. The Age of Manufactures: Industry, Innovation, and Work in Britain, 1700-1820 (London: Basil, 1988)
Brewer, J, Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century (New York: Harper Collins, 1997).
Broadie, A., ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993)
Brown, S. J, ed. William Robertson and the Expansion of Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997).
Burchell, J. Polite or Commercial Concerts? Concert Management and Orchestral Repertorie in Edinburgh . . . 1730-99 (New York: Garland, 1996).
Burke, P. "Reflections on the Origins of Cultural History," Interpretation and Cultural History, ed. J. Pittoch and A. Wear (London: Macmillan, 1991
Barker, H. and Chalus, E. eds., Gender in Eighteenth Century England (London: Longman, 1997).
Barker-Benfield, C. J. The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Chicago: Chicago UP, 2002).
Baumgarten, L, What Clothes Reveal (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002).
Black, J. The British Abroad: The Grand Tour in the Eighteenth Century (Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1992).
Brewer, J. and R. Porter, eds. Consumption and the World of Goods (London: Routledge, 1993).
Clark, A. The Struggle for Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class (Berkeley: U of California P, 1995).
Clark, P. British Clubs and Societies, 1580-1800 (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000).
Clarke, N, Dr. Johnson¿s Women (Hambledon & London, 2000).
Colley, L. Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837, revised edn. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009).
Corfield, P. J. Power and the Professions in Britain, 1700-1850 (London: Routledge, 2005).
Cowgill, R. and P. Holman, eds. Music in the British Provinces, 1690-1914 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).
Cox, N. The Complete Tradesman: A Study of Retailing, 1550-1820 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000).
Cullen, L. M. and T. C. Smout, eds. Scottish and Irish Economic and Social History, 1600-1900 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1977).
Devine, T. Clanship to Crofters¿ War: The Social Transformation of the Scottish Highlands (Manchester: Manchester UP, 1994).
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Dickinson, H. T. Liberty and Property: Political Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Britain (London: Methuen, 1977).
--. The Politics of the People in Eighteenth-Century Britain (London: Macmillan, 1995).
Duffy, M. Soldiers, Sugar, and Seapower: The British Expeditions to the West Indies and the War Against Revolutionary France (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1987).
Dwyer, J. "A 'Peculiar Blessing': Social Converse in Scotland, from Hutcheson to Burns," Sociability and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland, eds. J. Dwyer and R. Sher (Edinburgh: Mercat P, 1993). 1-22.
Ellis, Markman. The Coffee-House: A Cultural History. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2004.
Emerson, R. Essays on David Hume, Medical Men, and the Scottish Enlightenment (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).
Ezell, M., Social Authorship and the Advent of Print (Baltimore:Johns Hopkins Press, 1999).
--. Writing Women¿s Literary History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1993).
Ellis, M., The Politics of Sensibility: Race, Gender and Commerce in the Sentimental Novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Floud, R. and P. Johnson, The Cambridge Economic History of Britain, Vol. 1: Industrialization, 1700-1860 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004).
French, H. R. "The Search for the 'Middle Sort of People,'" Historical Journal 43 (2000): 277-93.
Gelbart, Matthew. The Invention of 'Folk Music' and 'Art Music': Emerging Categories from Ossian to Wagner (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007).
Gillis, J. R., For Better or for Worse: British Marriages, 1600 to the Present (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1985).
Glover, Katharine. Elite Women and Polite Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland (Woodland, UK: Boydell P, 2011).
Grafton, A. Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1991)
Gregory, J. and J. Stevenson, eds. The Routledge Companion to Britain in the Eighteenth Century, 1688-1820 (London: Routledge, 2007).
Haakonssen, K. Natural Law and Moral Philosophy: From Grotius to the Scottish Enlightenment (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996).
Harris, B. Scotland in the Age of the French Revolution (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2005).
Haskell, F. History and Its Images: Art and the Interpretation of the Past (New Haven: Yale UP: 1993).
Hook, A. and R. Sher, eds. The Glasgow Enlightenment (1995).
Johnson, D. Music and Society in Lowland Scotland in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1972).
Jones, R. W. Gender and the Formation of Taste in Eighteenth Century Britain (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998).
Kearney, H. The British Isles: A History of Four Nations (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989).
Kelly, Jason M. "Riots, Revelries, and Rumour: Libertinism and Masculine Association in Enlightenment London," Journal of British Studies 45 (2006): 759-95.
Kidd, C. British Identities before Nationalism: Ethnicity and Nationhood in the Atlantic World, 1600-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006).
--. "North Britishness and the Nature of Eighteenth-Century British Patriotisms," Historical Journal 39 (1996): 361-82.
--. "Sentiment, Race, and Revival: Scottish Identities in the Aftermath of Enlightenment," L. Brockliss and D. Eastwood, eds. A Union of Multiple Identities, (Manchester: Manchester UP, 1997) 110-126.
--. Subverting Scotland's Past: Scottish Whig Historians and the Creation of an Anglo-Scottish Identity, 1689-1830 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993).
Langford, P. A Polite and Commercial People: England 1727-1783 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989).
Lemire, B. Dress, Culture, and Commerce: The English Clothing Trade and the Consumer in Britain, 1660-1800 (London: Palgrave, 1997).
Lenman, B. Enlightenment and Change: Scotland 1746-1832(Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2009).
--. The Jacobite Risings in Britain, 1689-1746 (Edinburgh: Scottish Cultural P, 1995).
Levine, A, et al, eds. Narratives of the Poor in Eighteenth-Century Britain (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2006), 5 vols.
McDowell, P. The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace, 1678-1730 (OUP: Clarendon, 1998).
McKendrick, N. and J. Brewer, and J. Plumb, eds. The Birth of a Consumer Society (Cambridge; Cambridge UP, 1982).
Mitchison, R. Lordship to Patronage: Scotland, 1603-1745 (London: Arnold, 1983).
--. and L. Leneman, Sexuality and Social Control: Scotland, 1660-1780 (London: Blackwell, 1990).
Moran, M. C. "'The Commerce of the Sexes,': Civil Society and Polite Society in Scottish Enlightenment Discourse," Paradoxes of Civil Society: New Perspectives on Modern German and British History, Ed. F. Trentmann (Providence, RI: Berghahn, 1999).
Mullan, J. Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Clarendon P, 1988).
Murdoch, A. British History: 1660-1832: National Identity and Local Culture (London: Macmillan, 1999).
Nenadic, S. Lairds and Luxury: the Highlands Gentry in Eighteenth Century Scotland (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2007).
Perry, R., ed. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. Special Issue: Ballads and Songs in the Eighteenth Century 7 (Summer 2006).
Phillips, M. S. Society and Sentiment: Genres of Historical Writing in Britain, 1740-1820 (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2002).
Phillipson, N. T. and R. Mitchison, eds. Scotland in the Age of Improvement (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1996).
Pittock, M. Inventing and Resisting Britain: Cultural Identities in Britain and Ireland, 1685-1789 (London: Palgrave, 1997).
Pomata, Gianna. "History, Particular and Universal," Feminist Studies 19 (1993): 7-50.
Porter, R. and G. S. Rousseau, eds. The Ferment of Knowledge: Studies in the Historiography of Eighteenth-Century Science (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1980).
-- and Mikulas Teich, eds. The Enlightenment in National Context. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1981).
--, eds. Sexual Underworlds of the Enlightenment (Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P 1987).
--, eds. The Languages of Psyche: Mind and Body in Enlightenment Thought (Berkeley: U of California P, 1991).
Riberio, A., Dress in Eighteenth Century Europe (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002).
Richardson, R., Death, Dissection and the Destitute (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1989).
Riley, P. W. The Union of England and Scotland: A Study in the Politics of Anglo-Scottish Politics of the Eighteenth Century (Manchester: Manchester UP, 1978).
--, ed. Union for Empire: Political Thought and the Union of 1707 (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995).
Ross, S. What Gardens Mean (Chicago: Chicago UP, 1998).
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Scott, M. J. James Thomson: Anglo-Scot (Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 1988).
Secord, James A. How Scientific Conversation became Shop Talk. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society 17 (2007) 129-56.
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Sher, R. Church and University in the Scottish Enlightenment (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1985). Selections.

Solkin, D. H., Painting for Money: The Visual Arts and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century England (New Haven:Yale University Press, 1993).
Stevenson, David. The Beggar¿s Benison: Sex Clubs of Enlightenment Scotland and their Rituals. East Linton: Tuckwell, 2002.
Styles, J. The Dress of the People: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth-Century England (New Haven: Yale UP, 2008).
--- and A. Vickery, eds. Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (New Haven: Yale UP, 2006).
Todd, J., Sensibility: An Introduction (London: Methuen, 1987)
Vickery, A., The Gentleman¿s Daughter: Women¿s Lives in Georgian England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998).
Whatley, C. Scottish Society, 1707-1830: Beyond Jacobitism, towards Industrialisation (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2000).
Williamson, A. Scottish National Consciousness in the Age of James VI (Edinburgh: John Donald, 1979).
Withers, C. J. Urban Highlanders: Highland-Lowland Migration and Urban Gaelic Culture, 1700-1900 (East Linton: Tuckwell, 1998).
Wood, P. The Aberdeen Enlightenment: The Arts Curriculum in the Eighteenth Century (Aberdeen: Aberdeen UP, 1993).
--, ed. The Scottish Enlightenment: Essays in Reinterpretation (Rochester: Rochester UP, 2000).
-- and C. Withers, eds. Science and Medicine in the Scottish Enlightenment (East Linton: Tuckwell P, 2002).
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