Dr Kate Loveman

loveman, kate

Associate Professor in English Literature 1600-1789

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BA (Cambridge); MA (York); PhD (Cambridge)


Teaching and administration


  • Course Director for the MA in English Studies
  • Postgraduate Teaching Director for the School of Arts  (Semester 2 2018)
  • Convenor for EN2050: Satire to Sensibility (Semester 2 2018)
  • Convenor for EN7223: Editing and Textual Cultures
  • Convenor for the Leicester Early Modern Research Seminar



Public talks

‘Pepys and London’, London Life and Times: 
Medieval to Modern 1066–2000 lecture series, V&A Museum, 6  December 2017

'The First Earl of Sandwich and Early English Chocolate', for The Friends of Hinchingbrooke House, 11 March 2017.

'Why did Samuel Pepys Keep a Diary?', National Maritime Museum, 27 November 2015


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 Restoration political pamphlets and texts 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. It was 'highly commended' by the committee for the SHARP DeLong Book History Prize 2016 and featured in The Spectator books of the year for 2016.

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.

She is also shorthand consultant for The Oxford Traherne, an edition of the works of Thomas Traherne, seventeenth-century poet and clergyman.


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 and collecting; the early novel; literary networks; and news.

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