Professor Judith Hawley

Personal profile

My first degree was from Christ's College, Cambridge and I completed my doctorate on Tristram Shandy at Lincoln College, Oxford. My research focusses on eighteenth-century literature and culture. I have published on a range of subjects from literature and science to Laurence Sterne and have developed an interest in gin. I am particularly interested in groups and coteries such as the Bluestockings and the Scriblerians. I am also researching the history of private theatricals in the long nineteenth century. I co-organised a conference on the subject called: 'What Signifies a Theatre?' at Chawton House. This led to the development of a research network which I co-direct with Mary Isbell: Researchers in Amateur Performance and Private Theatricals: RAPPT. With colleagues at Royal Holloway, I am also engaged in an Amateur Studies Research Forum. These projects aim to increase understanding and raise the profile of non-professional performance. I am actively engaged in staging reconstructions of performances in historical houses. I am a Trustee of the Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust, an organisation that is protecting the tangible but fragile legacy of this major poet. In recognition of my scholarship and my work to preserve cultural heritage, I was recently made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of London.

I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the eighteenth century and have appeared on radio programmes such as In Our Time, The Long View and Voices from the Old Bailey on BBC Radio 4.

Research interests

I have supervised doctoral students working on eighteenth-century Orientalism, adolescence, Samuel Richardson's Pamela, book history, masculinity and Restoration comedy, and the nature of authorship in the Romantic period. I have also supervised the critical component of Creative Writing PhDs. I welcome proposals from students wishing to undertake doctoral work on any aspect of the literature of the long eighteenth century.

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