Eighteenth-Century Seminar - “Dr. Henry Sacheverell and the Politics of Celebrity in Post-Revolutionary Britain"
“Dr. Henry Sacheverell and the Politics of Celebrity in Post-Revolutionary Britain"
Brian Cowan, McGill University
Brian Cowan holds the Canada Research Chair in Early Modern British History. He studies the social and cultural history of ideas in early modern Britain and Europe. He has taught at the University of Sussex and Yale University and has been a visiting research fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. He is the author of The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse, (Yale University Press: New Haven and London, 2005), which was awarded the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize by the Canadian Historical Association in 2006. His latest book, The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) uses book history to provide a new understanding of the most important political trial of the eighteenth century. He is currently working on the politics of celebrity in Britain from the regicidal revolution to the American revolution. His additional publications on the history of early modern taste have ranged from studies of art auctions and connoisseurship to gastronomy and food writing.