Reader in English Literature
Department of English, History & Creative Writing
I joined Edge Hill University in September 2016, having worked previously at the University of Strathclyde (2010-2016), Nottingham Trent University (2008-2010) and the Open University (2010). I obtained my doctorate at the University of Leeds in 2006; before that I studied at Loughborough University.
By training and by inclination I am happiest when working on eighteenth-century and early Romantic-era literature, but I also have broader research interests in women’s writing, print culture and textual editing. A key part of my work is a determination to return to scholarly – and wider – attention the writing of women who have been ignored or neglected in accounts of literary history: many of my projects have this as an aim.
I have published work on the prominent eighteenth-century novelist and poet Charlotte Smith, the labouring-class writer Ann Yearsley, and her patron Hannah More. My first monograph (2013) explored the patronage relationship between Yearsley and More, and in 2014 I published the first scholarly edition of Yearsley’s complete works.
I am currently Principal Investigator on a project to digitally publish all 1,800 of More’s surviving letters, working with a team of advisory editors from the UK, the US and Canada. The project website currently has around ninety of More’s letters, and can be found here: http://hannahmoreletters.co.uk/Letters/ This project uses digital humanities techniques to identify people, places and topics using TEI P5, which will enable us to create a digital, searchable index for the whole edition. I have secured funding from the MHRA, Carnegie Trust and the University of Strathclyde to support the project.
I am also writing a book on accounts of women writers’ walking. The book is intended as a response to a spate of writing in the past ten years which has claimed that few, if any, women found walking important. The works of women from the eighteenth through to the twenty-first centuries are considered, from Dorothy Wordsworth to Nan Shepherd and Linda Cracknell.
I lead the first year ‘Introduction to Literary Period and Genres 2’ (LIT1023) and the second-year core class ‘Literature 1660-1760’ (LIT2022). I contribute to the teaching on the first year core class ‘Ways of Reading’ (LIT1020). I am developing option modules on textual editing and women’s walking, in addition to a module on women’s poetry of the eighteenth century.
The Collected Works of Ann Yearsley, 3 vols (Pickering and Chatto, 2014).
ISBN 978 1 8519 6638 7
Nominated for the 2015 MLA Prize for a Scholarly Edition.
Ann Yearsley and Hannah More, Patronage and Poetry: the Story of a Literary Relationship (Pickering and Chatto, 2013).
ISBN 978 1 84893 151 0
Nominated for the BARS First Book Prize, 2015.
‘Ann Yearsley and the London newspapers in 1787’ in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 34.1 (2015), 107-24.
‘A reluctant traveller: Robert Southey in stages’, Wordsworth Circle, 42: 1 (2011), 73-77. ISSN 0043-8006
‘Patronal care and maternal feeling: new correspondence between Ann Yearsley and Hannah More’, in Romanticism 16:1 (2010), 43-59. ISSN 1354-991X
‘New letters, new poems: Ann Yearsley in context’, in Women’s Writing 17:1 (2010), 185-195. ISSN 0969-9082
‘A recently discovered letter from Ann Yearsley to Joseph Cottle’ in Notes and Queries 56:3 (2009), 388-390. ISSN 0029-3970
‘“More’s polish’d muse, (…) Yearsley’s muse of fire”: bitter enemies write the abolition movement’ in European Romantic Review, 20.1 (2009), 21-36. ISSN 1050-9585
‘Ann Yearsley: a literary career reconsidered’, in Literature Compass, 5:1 (November 2007), 90-105. ISSN 1741-4113
‘Countering “the poverty of thought in novels”: radical authorship and The Royal Captives by Ann Yearsley’, Romanticism on the Net 45 (February 2007). ISSN 1467-1255
Essays in Edited Collections
‘In Her Place: Ann Yearsley, or “The Bristol Milkwoman”’, in Literary Bristol: Writing the City, ed. by Marie Mulvey-Roberts (Bristol: Redcliffe Press, 2015), pp. 83-104;
ISBN 978 1 908326 737.
‘“No more than as an atom ’mid the vast profound”: Conceptions of Time in the Poetry of William Cowper, William Wordsworth, and Ann Yearsley’, in Class and the Canon: Constructing Labouring-Class Poetry and Poetics, 1750-1900, ed. by Kirstie Blair and Mina Gorji (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 95-115. ISBN 978 1 137030 320.
‘“The Sad Swain Deceiv’d”: Ann Yearsley, Class and the Friendship of Women’, in Desperate Housewives: Politics, Propriety and Pornography, Three Centuries of Women in England, ed. by Jennie Jordan (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013), pp. 55-73. ISBN 1847185800
‘“Herself […] fills the foreground”: negotiating autobiography in the Elegiac Sonnets and The Emigrants’, in Charlotte Smith in British Romanticism, ed. by Jacqueline Labbe (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2008), pp. 13-28. ISBN 9781851969456
I have guest-edited an issue of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (34:1, 2015). I also serve as Reviews Editor for Women’s Writing.
I am co-organiser, with Kristin Lindfield-Ott (University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness College), of a conference on Nan Shepherd, which took place in summer 2017 in the Cairngorms.
I am part of the organising committee for the biennial international Coleridge Conference.