Dr Kate Loveman
BA (Cambridge), MA (York), PhD (Cambridge)
Associate Professor in English Literature 1600-1789
T: +44 (0)116 252 2627
Dr Loveman works on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and history, with particular interests in reading habits, political writing, and sociability.
Her first book, Reading Fictions 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture, explored the strategies used (and games played) by early modern readers in responding to fictitious narratives, including Restoration political pamphlets and texts by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Richardson.
Kate Loveman's most recent project is . The book examines reading practices, collecting, and the exchange of information in the late seventeenth century. The investigation goes beyond Samuel Pepys's famous diary of the 1660s, employing a variety of sources to explore the role that reading played in Pepys's life and in the lives of his contemporaries. It was 'highly commended' by the committee for the SHARP DeLong Book History Prize 2016 and featured in The Spectator books of the year for 2016.
Spin-offs from this project have included discovering the fate of Pepys's most famous mistress, Deb Willet, writing on Pepys's retirement for a National Maritime Museum exhibition catalogue, and investigating the early history of chocolate (and chocolate ice cream) in England.
She is also shorthand consultant for The Oxford Traherne, an edition of the works of Thomas Traherne, seventeenth-century poet and clergyman.
Kate Loveman welcomes enquiries and applications from postgraduate students interested in seventeenth and early eighteenth-century literature, especially in the following areas: the history of reading; the early novel; literary networks; and news.
Teaching and Administration
- EN1050: Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
- EN2020: Renaissance Literature
- EN2050: From Satire to Sensibility: Literature 1660-1789
- EN3010: Dissertation
- EN3142: Crime and Literature, 1600-1750
- EN3171: Historical Fiction
- MA module: Bibliography, Research Methods, and Writing Skills
- MA in English Studies: Editing and Textual Cultures
- MA in English Studies: Cities of Words
- MA in the Country House: The Country House in Literature
Course Director for the MA in English Studies
Convenor for the Leicester Early Modern Research Seminar
- Samuel Pepys and his Books: Reading, Newsgathering and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford University Press, 2015)
- 'Pepys's "Retirement"', in Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution, National Maritime Museum exhibition catalogue, ed. by Margarette Lincoln (London: Thames & Hudson, 2015), pp. 241-47.
- 'Pepys in Print, 1660-1703', in Oxford Handbooks Online (New York: Oxford University Press), March 2015, www.oxfordhandbooks.com (at time of writing free online access to the article here)
- 'The Introduction of Chocolate into England: Retailers, Researchers and Consumers, 1640-1730', Journal of Social History, 47 (2013), 27-46. The link here allows you to access the article for free via the Oxford Journals site.
- '"A Life of Continu'd Variety": Crime, Readers, and the Structure of Moll Flanders', Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 26 (2013), 1-32.
- Reading Fictions 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture (Ashgate, 2008)
'The First Earl of Sandwich and Early English Chocolate', for The Friends of Hinchingbrooke House, 11 March 2017.
‘Pepys and London’, London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern 1066–2000 lecture series, V&A Museum, 7 December 2016
'Why did Samuel Pepys Keep a Diary?', National Maritime Museum, 27 November 2015