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Laura Linker

“I am excited to teach courses for the WGS minor that engage students in theoretical and cultural conversations about gender and literature.”

My primary area of interest is British literature and culture of the “long” eighteenth century, 1660-1830.  I have a longstanding interest in British women writers, and I’ve presented research at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) and the Folger Shakespeare Library, where I received several grants and two ASECS fellowships for research and participation in Folger Institute conferences and seminars (2007, 2010, and 2012). My first book, Dangerous Women, Libertine Epicures, and the Rise of Sensibility, 1670-1730 (Ashgate, 2011), considers the female libertine figure, the neo-Epicurean revival, and the rise of sensibility in literature written from the late Stuart to the early Georgian periods in England. Recent articles have appeared in Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, CEA Critic, and Papers on Language and Literature, among other peer-reviewed journals, books, and encyclopedia entries. Current projects examine early medical theories of hysteria and the depiction of women’s bodies in texts written between 1660-1750.

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