Dr Rita Dashwood

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Department of English, History & Creative Writing

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I’m the Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The Romantic Ridiculous project here at Edge Hill. I specialise in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novel, as well as children’s and young adult literature from the eighteenth century to the present, and popular culture. Having graduated from my PhD in 2019 from the University of Warwick, I’m currently working on publishing this project as a monograph, Women and Property Ownership in Jane Austen, which will make it the first book to analyse the portrayal of gendered relationships towards non-portable property – the house and the estate – in Austen’s novels.

In addition to this, I’m working on a trade book project, BTS: K-Pop, Fan Culture, and Literature. By combining my interest in music, popular culture and literature, this book will explore the meteoric rise of BTS in the age of social media, and during the surge of “the Korean wave.” In doing so, it will suggest two main reasons for their success: the candid dialogue they have established with their fan base about important, universal themes such as mental health, and their intelligent manipulation of literary references as a way of engaging their fanbase with these themes.

I’m also a writer, currently working on the publication of my first novel, which will fall under the genre of young adult fantasy. I also run my own YouTube channel, where I share my love of reading – and Austen! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv9uY6dbOQyMax_Q_0BbxWg

You can find out more about my current and future research here: https://rjdashwood.wixsite.com/mycv

Twitter link: @rjdashwood


  • PhD in English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick, 2019, Thesis Title: Women in Residence: Forms of Belonging in Jane Austen
  • MA in English Literature, University of Warwick, 2013
  • BA in Modern Languages (English major, Spanish minor), University of Coimbra, 2012



  • LIT2050 – Romanticism
  • LIT4001 – Romantic Movements






“’The Penalties of Greatness’: The Heiress in Susan Ferrier’s The Inheritance.” Nineteenth-Century Studies, vol. 32, 38-54


“‘An Office in Which She Had Always Depended’: Surrogate Managers in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and Persuasion.” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, 2018, 373-389


“Was Mary Wroth Shakespeare’s Dark Lady?” Op. Cit.: A Journal of Anglo-American Studies, 2nd series, no. 3



“Women Owning Property: The Great Lady in Jane Austen” in Jane Austen and Philosophy, edited by Mimi Marinucci. Rowman and Littlefield, 107-119



Review of Joanna Wharton’s Material Enlightenment: Women Writers and the Science of Mind, 1770-1830Eighteenth-Century Fiction, vol. 33, no. 2


Review of Tom Keymer’s Jane Austen: Writing, Society, Politics for The Jane Austen Society Newsletter, Autumn 2020, 21-22


Review of Briony McDonagh, Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830, in Women’s Studies Group, 1558-1837

Review of Joe Bray, The Language of Jane Austen in The Jane Austen Society Newsletter, Spring 2019, 11-12


Review of Jocelyn Harris, Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen, in The Jane Austen Society Newsletter, Spring 2018, 16-17


Review of Jessica A. Volz, Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney, in The Jane Austen Society Newsletter, Autumn 2017, 14-15



“‘No, not that one’: Emma as Disney Villain.” Keats-Shelley Association of America Blog, 3 Aug. 2021


“‘My Dear Bess’ — The Relationship Between Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and Lady Elizabeth Foster.” History Matters, 14 Sep. 2017



Special issue of Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, “Women and Property in the long Eighteenth Century”

“The Triumph of the Estate? — Fanny Price and Immoral Ownership of Property in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park,” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies


“Property,” A Companion to Jane Austen and the Arts, edited by Joe Bray and Hannah Moss, Edinburgh University Press


“A Much More Real Satisfaction: Collecting People in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Emma,” Nineteenth Century Literature in Transition: The 1810s, edited by Emma Mason, Cambridge University Press


  • Women and Property Ownership in Jane Austen (Under consideration at Bloomsbury; anticipated publication date 2022)
  • “The Objectification of Lady Delacour in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda” (Under consideration at Women’s Writing; anticipated publication date 2022)
  • “Sadist, Land Shark, and Reptile: Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA.” (co-authored with Andrew McInnes, under consideration for the Pop Enlightenments edited collection; anticipated publication date 2023)
  • Reading for Normal: Young People and Fiction in the Time of Covid-19 (co-authored with Alison Waller, to be submitted to Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies; anticipated publication date 2022)
  • “Reading for Normal: A Framework and Guidance Paper” (co-authored with Alison Waller, to be submitted to the UK Literacy Association’s Ideas in Practice; anticipated publication date 2022)
  • “Jane Austen Goes to High School: Young Adult Reimaginings of Pride and Prejudice” (to be submitted to the International Journal of Young Adult Literature; anticipated publication date 2023)
  • The Romantic Ridiculous (co-authored with Andrew McInnes; anticipated publication 2023)
  • BTS: K-Pop, Fan Culture, and Literature (anticipated publication 2023)



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