Dr Kate Loveman

loveman, kateBA (Cambridge), MA (York), PhD (Cambridge)

Senior Lecturer in English Literature 1600-1789

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Research Interests

Dr Loveman works on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and history, with particular interests in reading habits, political writing, and sociability.  Her book, Reading Fictions 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture, explores the strategies used (and games played) by early modern readers in responding to a spectrum of fictitious narratives, including works by Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Richardson.

Dr Loveman's most recent project is Samuel Pepys and his Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703, due out in summer 2015. 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.

Spin-offs from this project have included discovering the fate of Pepys's most famous mistress, Deb Willet, and investigating the early history of chocolate (and chocolate ice cream) in England.

Read Dr Loveman's article on chocolate in the Journal of Social History.

Read about Dr Loveman's findings on Pepys and Deb Willet, as reported by The Times in October 2006. (This is behind the newspaper's paywall).


Postgraduate Supervision

Dr Loveman would welcome enquiries and applications from postgraduate students interested in seventeenth and  early eighteenth-century literature, especially in the following areas: the early novel; the history of reading; life-writing; oral and manuscript cultures; news and pamphleteering; criminality; Defoe and Swift.

Teaching and Administration

Dr Loveman also contributes to the MA in English Studies and the MA in the Country House.

Senior Tutor for Joint Degrees with English

Course Director for the MA in English Studies

Convenor for the Leicester Early Modern Research Seminar

Convenor for EN2050: Satire to Sensiblity: Literature 1660-1789 (2014/5)

Recent & Forthcoming Publications

  • Samuel Pepys and his Books: Reading, Newsgathering and Sociability, 1660-1703 (forthcoming from  Oxford University Press, summer 2015)
  • 'Pepys in Print, 1660-1704', in Oxford Handbooks Online (New York: Oxford University Press), March 2015, www.oxfordhandbooks.com (subscription required)
  • 'The Introduction of Chocolate into England: Retailers, Researchers and Consumers, 1640-1730', Journal of Social History, 47 (2013), 27-46. The article can be accessed 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.
  • 'Samuel Pepys and "Discourses touching Religion" under James II', English Historical Review, 127 (2012), 46-82.
  • ‘Books and Sociability: The Case of Samuel Pepys’s Library’, Review of English Studies, 61 (2010), 214-33
  • Reading Fictions 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture (Ashgate, 2008)

Review of Reading Fictions (PDF) in Eighteenth-Century Fiction by Douglas Lane Patey 22 (2010).

Review of Reading Fictions (PDF) in the Review of English Studies by Rebecca Bullard  60 (2009). 

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