A symposium examining the changing theory and practice of persuasion in 18th- and 19th-century European literature and culture.

This conference will be hosted at the University of Notre Dame – McKenna Conference Center, March 15-16, 2019.


Keynote speaker:
Frances Ferguson (English, University of Chicago)
Philology Turned to Persuasion: The Rise of Constitutions

Maeve Adams (English, Manhattan College)
Contestatory Publics: Persuasion as Resistance

Ian Balfour (English, York University)
Extreme Austen, or Hyperbole

Mark Canuel (English, University of Illinois at Chicago)
Hazlitt, Progress, and the Arts

Sean Franzel (German and Russian, University of Missouri)
Persuasion after the Revolution

Brian McGrath (English, Clemson University)
The Tone Police

Jan Mieszkowski (German and Comparative Literature, Reed College)
Plants and Politics

Emma Planinc (Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame)
To ‘Persuade without Convincing’: Rousseau as the Legislator of Nature

Adam Potkay (English, William & Mary)
Rhetoric and Philosophy: Tropes, Dialogue, Self-Division

Yasmin Solomonescu (English, University of Notre Dame)
Reasoning is not Believing

Daniel Stout (English, University of Mississippi)
Assemblage, Persuasion, Conviction

Stefan Uhlig (Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis)
Smith’s and Blair’s Indiscipline

Ross Wilson (English, University of Cambridge)
Every Thing is Faultless: Hazlitt on Judgement and Understanding

Sarah Zimmerman (English, Fordham University)
The Lecturer’s Argument


Please direct queries to Yasmin Solomonescu at solomonescu.1@nd.edu or  574-631-4144.