Dr Louise Curran BA (Camb), MA, PhD (London)

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Department of English Literature
Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I research eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature, especially letter-writing and literary celebrity, the novel, and the links between material forms and textual meanings.


  • BA (Camb)
  • MA, PhD (London)


I joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 after a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Oxford. I took my BA at Clare College, Cambridge, and completed my MA and doctoral studies at University College London.


I lecture and teach on a variety of first- and second-year modules including ‘Prose’ (on Jane Austen), ‘Romantics and Romanticisms’, and ‘The Gothic’. I also convene the ‘Reformation to Reform’ pathway for the MA Literature and Culture.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries about research supervision in the following areas: letter-writing and archive formation, literary fame and celebrity, the eighteenth-century novel and prose style, life-writing from the eighteenth-century to the Romantic period.

Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My first book, Samuel Richardson and the Art of Letter-Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examined the links between the novelist’s correspondence and his epistolary novels. As a result of this work, I’m co-editing a volume of letters for The Correspondence of Samuel Richardson (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). My current research project is a book provisionally entitled Archiving the Self: The Ends of Letters in the Eighteenth-Century, which explores the desire for epistolary fame in a range of writers from Alexander Pope to Frances Burney through the examination of the textual content and material layout of their letters. It emerges from a broader interest in the peculiar history of the letter’s association with authorial character and celebrity, whose modern beginnings can be traced back to this period.

Other research interests include eighteenth-century satire (particularly by women poets and novelists), Samuel Johnson, Jane Austen.

Other activities

I review articles and books for various publishers and academic journals. I am also a member of the British and American Societies for Eighteenth-Century Studies.



  • Samuel Richardson and the Art of Letter-Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2016).


  • Correspondence Primarily on ‘Pamela’ and ‘Clarissa’, vol. 9 of The Cambridge Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, co-edited with Devoney Looser and George Justice (Cambridge University Press, under contract)

Articles and book chapters

  • ‘Gallantry and The Rape of the Lock Reconsidered’, Anniversary Essays on Alexander Pope’s ‘The Rape of the Lock’, ed. Donald W. Nichol (University of Toronto Press, 2016), pp.31-52.
  • ‘In Vino Veritas: Samuel Johnson and Drink’, The New Rambler, XVII, 2013-14, 72-84.
  • ‘Samuel Richardson’ in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of British Literature and Culture, 1660-1789, ed. Jack Lynch and Gary Day (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).
  • ‘“A man obscurely situated”: Samuel Richardson, Autobiography, and “The History of Mrs Beaumont”’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36:2, 2013, 279-95.
  • ‘“Into whosoever Hands our Letters might fall”:  Samuel Richardson’s correspondence and “the public Eye”’, Eighteenth-Century Life, 35:1, 2011, 51-64.

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