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 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 Samuel Pepys and his Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford University Press, 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.

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.

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

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.

Postgraduate Supervision

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

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

Selected Publications

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