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ECE's Top Ten Most Wanted List
Here are some great ideas for research topics that haven't been attempted
yet and that are crying out for web projects on ECE:
- Jokes and humor - What did people laugh at in the eighteenth
century and why? What can we learn about a culture from its sense
- Book illustrations - What kinds of illustrations accompanied
the original and subsequent editions of the books we're reading in
class? What can be learned from comparing the illustrations provided
for a given book across 200-300 years?
- Transportation - Roads, carriages, public transportation,
the hazards and pleasures of domestic travel. What was it like getting
around before the age of airports, motorways, or even railroads? What
were the implications for commerce, lifestyle, communication, etc.?
- Digital editions - Annotated hypertext editions of class
texts, with background, commentary, interpretation, etc. See the examples
provided for more ideas on how this might be done. This would be an
excellent option for someone who wanted to develop and showcase their
skills in literary interpretation.
- Ballads and popular music - What were the most widely known
songs of the period and where were they heard?
- Publication and reception history - What can we learn about
a literary text by tracing the history of its publication and reception?
How do the appearance, marketing, and appeal of particular books change
- Popular print culture - What kinds of publications did ordinary
working people read and enjoy in this period? What was the source
of their appeal?
- Architecture - Principal figures andmovements, distinctive
trends and influences of the period. What connections can be traced
between the architectural styles of the eighteenth century and other
developments in literature and culture?
- Puritanism - What was the original impetus for
the most powerful religious movement in the early modern period? How
did the Puritan movement take shape, how did it affect people's basic
world views, and what effects did it have on eighteenth-century literature
- Luxury debates - Why was there such an obsession
with the new culture of consumption in the eighteenth century? What
were the sources of widespread fear and anxiety about the moral and
economic effects of a thriving overseas trade?
Other Project Ideas
Here are some additional project ideas arranged by ECE subject categories.
Use this list as a springboard to generate additional ideas of your own.
The topics listed here are intended only as starting points and could
each be divided into numerous potentially viable sub-topics.
As you begin thinking about topics for your project, be sure to review
the existing ECE projects in related subject categories. You should not
choose a topic that has already been covered at length in more than one
project site. Check with the instructor if you are unsure.
Arts & Letters
Anglo-American Cultural Exchange | Arabian Nights and the Oriental
Tale | Architecture | Art of Conversation | Chinoiserie | Classicism
| Dance | Debates on Taste | Education | Grub Street | Journalism
| Landscape Gardening | Literary Critics and Criticism | Music | Italian
Opera | Periodical Literature | Satire | The Sublime & the Picturesque
| Working Class Literature
Commerce & Trade
Banking & Investment | Bullionist Controversy | Charity | Class
Structure | Conquest & Empire | Credit and Banking | East India
Company | Economic Status of Women | Economic Theory | Economics and
the Arts | Economics of Empire | Fashion | Foreign Trade |London Shops
| Luxury | Poverty & the Poor | Rise of Empire | Rural Economics
| Shopping & Consumerism |Slavery | Travel & the Grand Tour
Gender & Sexuality
Child-Rearing Practices | Conduct Manuals | Courtship | Economic
Status of Women | Family Life |Homosexuality | Manhood and Masculinity
| Marriage |Medical Treatises |Misogynist Satire | Motherhood | Prostitution
| Working Women
Children's Toys | Chinoiserie | Curiosity Cabinet | Exotica | Folk
Arts | Food and Drink | Furniture and Furnishings | Housing | Interior
Design | Tools and Implements
Philosophy & Religion
Aesthetics | Atheism | Berkeley | Catholicism | Church of England
| Deism | Empiricism | Hume | Locke | Methodism | Puritanism | Quakerism
| Religious Dissent | Scottish Enlightenment | Sentiment | Sympathy
Politics & Government
The British in India | Conquest & Empire | Criminal Justice |
Foreign Trade | The Glorious Revolution | The Jacobite Threat | Political
Life | Political Uprisings | Relations Between France and England
| Responses to French Revolution | Riots and Revolts
Recreation & Leisure
Art of Conversation | Bath | Coffeehouse Culture | Collecting | Domestic
Tourism | Fairs and Popular Entertainments | Food and Drink | Gambling
| Games | Italian Opera | Landscape Gardening | Letter Writing | Masquerade
| Pleasure Gardens | Politeness and Manners | Sport | Theater
Science & Technology
Anatomy | Automata | Cartography | Clocks and Timekeeping | Developments
in Navigation | Health & Sickness | Museums | Newton and his Influence
| Race and Ethnicity | The Royal Society | Voyages of Exploration
Travel & Exploration
Britain and her Colonies | Cartography | Developments in Navigation
| East India Trade | Grand Tour | Imaginary Voyages | Longitude |
Naval Science | Voyages of Exploration
Sample Hypertext Projects
These sample projects illustrate a variety of approaches to creating
an interpretive digital edition of a literary text or portion thereof.
While they are not meant to be complete projects, they are good models
of the kinds of readng experience and interpretive approach that hypertext
projects on ECE might aim for.
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