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Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Manchester

My main fields of interest are eighteenth-century British literature and culture; history and theory of the novel; the history of authorship; and the history of sexuality and gender.

I have recently completed an article on ‘Literature and Pornography, 1660-1800’, a critical overview of current debates in the field; and am beginning work on a new project, a cultural history of the castrato in eighteenth-century London.

I came to Manchester in January 2006 from the University of Rochester (US), where I was Associate Professor of English; before that, I was a Lecturer in the program in Literature and the Arts at Stanford University . I received my PhD in Comparative Literature (focusing on English, French, and Italian) from UCLA.


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    Senior Lecturer in English Literature , University of Manchester