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Darryl P. Domingo

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Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2009

Academic Summary

Dr. Darryl P. Domingo joined the Department of English at the University of Memphis in August 2011, after having earned his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His research interests are varied in subject and scope, but his primary area of expertise is in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century conceptions of amusement and their implication in contemporary attitudes towards language, rhetoric, and wit. Taking seriously the complex reciprocal relationship between literature and culture, his work analyzes the often subtle ways in which cultural phenomena both represent and are represented by the discursive devices of literary texts. Rather than seeking simply to identify and elucidate topical allusions or oblique references to the relative content of eighteenth-century culture, Dr. Domingo aims to reveal the degree to which the idiosyncratic format of eighteenth-century texts reproduce the modes of presentation peculiar to, say, the bookseller's shop, cabinets of curiosity, or the “Reigning Diversions of the Town.”

Dr. Domingo's research has appeared in such journals as Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. He has held numerous awards and fellowships, including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship, a short-term fellowship at the Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies at U.C.L.A., and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship for research in residence at the Newberry Library, Chicago. He is completing a book manuscript entitled Unbending the Mind: The Rhetoric of Diversion in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1760, and is beginning his next book project, provisionally titled “Shop-Rhetorick”: Advertising and the Arts of Persuasion in Eighteenth-Century Britain.

Select Publications

  • “‘Well Observed by the Poet’: Elias Brand and Richardson’s British Ancients,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 24.4 (Summer 2012): 597-622.
  • “Unbending the Mind: or, Commercialized Leisure and the Rhetoric of Eighteenth-Century Diversion,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 45.2 (Winter 2012): 207-36.
  • “William Oldys,” Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume 356: Eighteenth-Century British Literary Scholars and Critics, ed. Frans De Bruyn (Detroit: Gale, 2010), 222-38.
  • “‘The Natural Propensity of Imitation’: or, Pantomimic Poetics and the Rhetoric of Augustan Wit,” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 9.2 (2009): 51-95.
  • “Scriblerus Takes a London Walk: or, The Pedantic Perambulations of Gay’s Trivia,” University of Toronto Quarterly 75.4 (2005): 943-56.
  • “‘The Various Modes of Nature’s Least Admirable Workes’: or, The Collected Dunciad,” Lumen 23 (2004): 91-114.
  • Critical edition of Henry Fielding, The Tragedy of Tragedies: or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great (1731), (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2013).
  • Critical edition of twenty critical texts (approx. 50,000 words) relating to British comedy between 1660 and 1800, published as part of The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy, gen. ed. Brian Corman (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2013).
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