Darryl Domingo

Darryl Domingo

Associate Professor, Coordinator of Literary and Cultural Studies Concentration

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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 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 reproduces the modes of presentation peculiar to, say, the printing house, the shop-window display, or the "Reigning Diversions of the Town."

Dr. Domingo 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, and the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities Freeburg Fellowship at the University of Memphis. His research has appeared in such journals as Eighteenth-Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and The Review of English Studies and in books published by Cambridge University Press and M.L.A. Dr. Domingo's first book, The Rhetoric of Diversion in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1760, was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2016 (paperback reissue in 2018). He is currently doing research for his next book project, provisionally titled "Shop-Rhetorick": Advertising and the Arts of Persuasion in Eighteenth-Century Britain.

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Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Periodicals, News, and Journalism,” Daniel Defoe in Context, eds. Albert Rivero and George Justice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023), 78-88.
  • “The Satiric Page,” Options for Teaching Modern British and American Satire, eds. Evan Davis and Nicholas D. Nace (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2019), 89-99.
  • “The Character of a People: Sports and Pastimes in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Review Essay, Eighteenth-Century Life 42.3 (2018): 81-88.
  • "Theatre and Drama," Samuel Richardson in Context, eds. Peter Sabor and Betty Schellenberg (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 205-12.
  • "Richardson's Unfamiliar Quotations: Clarissa and Early Eighteenth-Century Comedy," The Review of English Studies 66.277 (2015): 936-53.
  • "'Well Observed by the Poet': Elias Brand and Richardson's British Ancients," Eighteenth-Century Fiction 24.4 (2012): 597-622.
  • "Unbending the Mind: or, Commercialized Leisure and the Rhetoric of Eighteenth-Century Diversion," Eighteenth-Century Studies 45.2 (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.