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Eger, Dr Elizabeth

Elizabeth EgerReader

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King's College London
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Dr Eger's research belongs to the field of interdisciplinary cultural history of the long 18th century.  She has a particular interest in women’s writing, poetry, visual culture and the conceptual history of ‘luxury’.  Her work has included critical editions of 18th century women writers, editing and contributing to collections of interdisciplinary essays, an exhibition and a book Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010), part of the series Enlightenment and Romantic Print Cultures (eds Anne Mellor and Clifford Siskin).

Elizabeth Eger is currently co-investigator, with Professor Caroline Franklin (Swansea), on the project Elizabeth Montagu's Letters, funded by the AHRC network scheme.  She recently organised a conference in collaboration with the V&A, 'Writing Materials: women of letters from Enlightenment to Modernity', which included talks from Andrew Piper, Christina Lupton, Peter Stallybrass, Dena Goodman and Karen Harvey.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Elizabeth Montagu 'Queen of the Bluestockings'
    During 2008-9 Dr Eger held a Leverhulme research fellowship, to start a critical biography of Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800) to be published by Oxford University Press.  
  • Brilliant Women
    In Spring 2008 Dr Eger initiated and co-curatored a public exhibition, 'Brilliant Women: 18th Century Bluestockings', held at the National Portrait Gallery, March-June 2008.  Brilliant Women explored the impact of the original 'Bluestocking Circle', a group of celebrated women writers, artists and thinkers who forged new links between gender, learning and virtue in 18th century Britain.  
  • The Oxford History of Life Writing
    Dr Eger's next research project is to write a new history of 18th century Life Writing as part of Professor Zachary Leader’s multi-volume Oxford History of Life Writing.

Dr Eger would welcome applications from research students who would like to work on 18th century visual culture, women’s writing or poetry.  Her previous student, Fiona Ritchie (now an assistant professor at McGill University), worked on a dissertation on women’s responses to Shakespeare in the long 18th century.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Elizabeth Eger (2010) Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism  Palgrave Macmillan 
    [Authored Book in print]
  • Elizabeth Eger (2009)  'Paper Trails and Eloquent Objects: bluestocking friendship and material culture' PARERGON, 26 (2), pp. 109-+.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Elizabeth Eger (2009)  'Paper trails and eloquent objects: bluestocking friendship and material culture' PARERGON, 26 (2), pp. 109-138.
    [Article in print Journal]
  • Elizabeth Eger, Lucy Peltz (2008) Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings Yale University Press 
    [Authored Book in print]
For a complete list of publications, please see Elizabeth's full research profile.


4AAEA003 Reading Poetry
5AAEB044 Lyric and the Inner Life
6AAEC035 Jane Austen in Context


7AAEM608 Women and the Poetics of Liberty in the Romantic Era



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