Mark Vareschi ~ Assistant Professor ~ Department of English ~ University of Wisconsin – Madison – e-mail
My current book project, Everywhere and Nowhere: Anonymity and Mediation in Eighteenth-Century England considers the ubiquity and near invisibility of both anonymity and mediation in the publication and circulation of literature. Anonymous authorship was typical and therefore everywhere; James Raven, for example, has shown that 80% of new novels from 1750- 1790 were published anonymously. However, because anonymity is largely characterized as absence, it was also nowhere. So, too, has anonymity been consigned to “nowhere” in literary studies. Literary critics and literary historians have been generally unable to account for anonymity as anything more than a footnote or curiosity.