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 history of reading; the early novel; literary networks; and newsgathering.

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)

Selected Publications

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