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Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Early Eighteenth-Century England (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Sat, July 5, 2008

"...an interesting and worthwhile book." Laura L. Runge, Modern Philology

"Among the many pleasure's of Ingrassia's book is its clear and forceful style; this is a truly readable book as well as a provocative one." The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual

"Catherine Ingrassia's book will probably be more satisfying to those readers who equate the 'culture' of its title with popular print representation. I offer this review as an extremely satisfied reader who sees Commerce and Gender as one more good reason why it is productive, in attempting to reconstruct early modern history, to make this equation...Ingrassia enables our thinking of gender as a term central to how the English understood and represented economic and social changes." Albion


Catherine Ingrassia works on the literature and culture of Restoration and eighteenth-century England. Her research has been focused on the material and symbolic economies that emerged in the early part of the eighteenth century, and their effect on the cultural representations of class and gender. In addition to focusing on canonical authors of the period (particularly Alexander Pope and Samuel Richardson), she is also particularly interested in women writers.

Her publications include "More Solid Learning": New Approaches to Alexander Pope's The Dunciad, co-editor with Claudia Thomas (Bucknell University Press, 2000); and a modern edition (with appendices and introduction) of Eliza Haywood's Anti-Pamela and Henry Fielding's Shamela (Broadview Press, 2004). She is also the co-editor, with Paula R. Backscheider, of The Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Culture (Blackwell, forthcoming), and the editor of volumes 33 and 34 of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (Johns Hopkins University Press). She has also published essays on Eliza Haywood, Alexander Pope, Samuel Richardson, and the film. Currently she is working on a book-length project on the eighteenth-century novelist, Eliza Haywood.

Her director was Lance Bertelsen. 

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