Dr Kate Loveman
BA (Cambridge), MA (York), PhD (Cambridge)
Senior Lecturer 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 works 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.
You can read an Oxford University Press Blog entry related to the book here: '10 Things You May Not Know About Samuel Pepys'.
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.
You can find out more about Pepys and his times at the National Maritime Museum's major exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution (November 2015 to March 2016)
Dr Loveman is also involved in the Leicester Chapbook Project.
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 newsgathering.
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
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
- 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 (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)