Claudine van Hensbergen

Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century English Literature, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Claudine van Hensbergen has worked in the Humanities Department at Northumbria University since 2012. Prior to that she completed a doctorate at Oxford University, and contributed to major-funded research projects at York University, Tate Britain and Oxford University.

Claudine works on British literary culture of the 1660s to the 1730s, a period which saw writing become a profession, the first actresses tread the public boards, the emergence of the English novel, the first periodicals, and the birth of party politics.

At present, Claudine is writing a monograph, ‘Reading the Royal Mistress, 1660-1727’, which explores how British authors, artists and their publics became fascinated by the provocative figure of the courtesan.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century English Literature, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Education

  • 2010 
    University of Oxford, DPhil