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. I am particularly interested in groups and coteries such as the Bluestockings and the Scriblerians. I have embarked on project on private theatricals with my colleague, Dr Elaine McGirr: 'What Signifies a Theatre?' After a successful event at Chawton House, we have staged two other a conferences on Amateur Dramatics in the long Nineteenth Century. With Mary Isbell, I am a founder member of Researchers in Amateur Performance and Private Theatricals (RAPPT).


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, Samuel Richardson's 'Pamela', masculinity and the nature of authorship in the Romantic period. 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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