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Adam J Smith

Adam J Smith

Lecturer in 18th-century Literature, York St John University
I am a Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at York St John University.

I work on eighteenth-century political print culture, looking at cheap print, newspapers periodicals and other printed ephemera.

I’m interested in the relationship between the citizen and the state, and the role that print played in transforming and mediating this relationship during the consumerist boom of the eighteenth century. In addition to examining the function that news and gossip played during this period, I am also fascinated by the role and representation of coffee house culture.

At present, I am working on Whig literary culture from the dawn of the eighteenth century and regional works of protest produced in Yorkshire during the revolutionary 1790s. The latter involves many different forms of literature produced by James Montgomery: a protest poet, political prisoner, hymn-writer, abolitionist and lesser-known Romantic. Working with Dr Jo Waugh, I am also Co-Lead on 'Satire: Deaths, Births, Afterlives', a project historicising recent claims that satire is dead.

I am Media Co-Editor for Criticks, the online review hub for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and I am Co-Lead Educator on 'The Literature of the English Country House', a Massive Open Online Course managed by the University of Sheffield.

Brexit Britain is easy fodder for satirists: but they should learn from 18th-century masters how to do it properly

Oct 09, 2018 13:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views

If you thought satire was dead in the age of Brexit and Trump, then a quick look at social media should pretty quickly disabuse you of that illusion. Search Festival of Brexit Britain if you want a picture of satires...

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