I work on and publish in the long eighteenth century, focusing primarily on women's writing, representations of gender, work, sexuality and the body, material culture studies and the eighteenth-century charity movement. My latest book, Women's Work examined the relationship between manual and intellectual labour in women's writing across the second half of the eighteenth century. I regularly give public lectures and write articles and guest blogs on these subjects. In April 2016 I guest presented a few episodes of the New Statesman’s Hidden Histories podcast series: ‘The Great Forgetting: Women Writers before Jane Austen’.
From 2014-16, I was Principal Investigator for a Leverhulme project entitled 'The Lady's Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre' and was subsequently awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a forthcoming book about the Lady’s Magazine in Romantic print culture. I have also co-authored a popular blog about the magazine, its content, history and numerous largely unknown authors.
My longstanding interest in the history of fashion and material culture and to public engagement in research led to my curation of ‘The Great Lady’s Magazine Stitch Off’, where we invited people to recreate 11 rare, surviving embroidery patterns from the Lady’s Magazine for display at an exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma at Chawton House Library. It was a great success and many other people are working on new projects right now. You can read all about the opening of the exhibition here.
Blog: 'The Lady's Magazine (1770-1818): Understanding the Emergence of a Genre'
Office: NC16 (Rutherford Extension)
School of English
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I currently supervise or have supervised PhD dissertations on incest and the gothic novel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the works of Frances Burney; cosmetics, material culture and the Romantic-era novel; amatory fiction; Jane Austen; eighteenth-century poetry; Christian feminism from Wollstonecraft to the Brontes; the Romantic novel and digital humanities; eighteenth-century book history and the history of sexuality. I would be interested in supervising other research students working in the fields of women’s writing, material culture studies, gender studies, and other related subjects in the long eighteenth century.
I am Series Editor (with Cora Kaplan) of a ten-volume History of British Women's Writing from the medieval period to the present and a member of the Editorial Board of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.