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. The works examined range from those of republican hoaxers, such as Thomas Chaloner, to the political and literary fictions of Defoe, Swift and Richardson. Her articles include a piece which revealed the fate of Samuel Pepys’s long-lost mistress, Deb Willet, after the end of his diary (Historical Journal).

Dr Loveman's most recent work is on reading and news-gathering in the late seventeenth century, based around the diaries and unpublished papers of Pepys. As a spin-off from this project, she has also recently been investigating the early history of chocolate in England.

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

[NB. "Some of the reporting of this chocolate research has been muddled. The first Earl of Sandwich's recipe involves putting a vessel of chocolate liquid into a larger container holding snow and salt. The mix of snow and salt freezes the chocolate in the inner vessel. It's not a 'salty chocolate liquid' as some news reports suggest."]

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).

Read Dr Loveman's piece for the BBC website on 'Humour in Restoration England', part of the feature 'Funny ha-ha - or funny historical?'.

Dr Loveman's article on Restoration humour in the University of Leicester's LE1 magazine, first published in Winter 2008.


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 (2013-14)

Convenor for MA English Studies (2013-14)

Recent Publications

  • '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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