The EMCO Team
Professor Nicole Pohl (Oxford Brookes University)
Nicole Pohl works on eighteenth-century English literature with a particular interest in women’s letters and literature. She has published and edited books on women’s utopian writing in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, European salons and epistolarity. She was on the Management Committee of COST Action IS0901: Women’s Writing in History, financed by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).The COST Action developed a large scale research project to lay the groundwork for a new history of European women’s participation in the literary field before 1900. Professor Pohl is also the General Editor of the interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal Utopian Studies and in 2013 she published The Letters of Sarah Scott (Pickering & Chatto).
Professor Michael Franklin (Swansea University)
Michael Franklin was a medievalist in a former life by the muddy banks of the Ouse, but he now lingers by the perfumed Yamuna. Since editing Sir William Jones: Selected Poetical and Prose Works (1995) and writing the critical biographies Sir William Jones (1995) and Orientalist Jones, he has been investigating colonial representations of India and their various interfaces with Romanticism, He has edited Representing India: Indian Culture and Imperial Control (2000), and The European Discovery of India: Key Indological Sources of Romanticism, 6 vols (2001): and authored a series of articles on the Hastings circle which forms the current focus of his research. He also published the well-received Romantic Representations of British India, ed. Michael J. Franklin, (London: Routledge, 2006); Phebe Gibbes, Hartly House, Calcutta, ed. Michael J. Franklin (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007). He has written a variety of articles on subjects as diverse as the Celtic Revival, the Oriental Renaissance, ‘Indianism’, Phoenicianism, Piozzi, Gagnier, Gibbes, Britanus, Brutus and Iolo, the brahmachari and the missionary, hand-fasting, turdidae, and asses.]
Dr Emma Major (University of York, UK)
Professor Major is Senior Lecturer at the University of York. Her research interests lie in debates about gender, nation, Christianity, and class. Since the publication of her book Madam Britannia: Women, Church, and Nation 1712-1812 (Oxford UP, 2011), she has written two chapters for edited collections: an essay on Catherine Talbot, and another on religion and national identity in 1688. She has ongoing interests in debates in the 1680s and 1690s, and in Charlotte Yonge and Margaret Oliphant. She is currently working on two monographs, one on Anna Laetitia Barbauld and concepts of the public, and the other on religion, rebellion, and nation in the 1840s.
Technical Consultant and Developer
Alexander Roberts (Digital Humanities Manager, Swansea University)
Alexander Roberts is the Research Data and Digital Humanities Manager at Swansea University. With a background in Ethnomusicology and a wide-ranging set of digital scholarship skills, Mr Roberts has acted as Team Manager and Technical Officer on a range of Digital Humanities projects in Wales, including The Poems of Guto’r Glynn, The works of Dafydd ap Gwilym, and the Coalfield Web Materials Project.
Joanna Barker (Durham University)
Joanna Barker is Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University, where she also sits on the University Council as a lay member and is Chair of Finance Committee. She is an alumna of Durham University graduating with first class honours in French in 1981 and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from Durham University in 2012. After a 35-year career in international private equity, Joanna’s final executive role was as partner in the private equity firm Advent International plc Joanna has 25 years’ experience of serving on boards of international portfolio companies and extensive experience as a charity trustee. She is founder of Target Ovarian Cancer. In 2017 she established the Elizabeth Montagu’s Correspondence Online (EMCO) charitable trust, seeding the EMCO project. She is also the author of a recent translation of three eighteenth-century Spanish Feminist tracts, collected in In Defence of Women (Cambridge: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2018).
Dr Elizabeth Eger (King’s College, London)
Dr Eger’s research belongs to the field of interdisciplinary cultural history of the long 18th century. She has a particular interest in women’s writing, poetry, visual culture and the conceptual history of ‘luxury’. Her work has included critical editions of 18th century women writers, editing and contributing to collections of interdisciplinary essays, an exhibition and a book Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010), part of the series Enlightenment and Romantic Print Cultures (eds Anne Mellor and Clifford Siskin). She recently organised a conference in collaboration with the V & A, ‘Writing Materials: women of letters from Enlightenment to Modernity’, which included talks from Andrew Piper, Christina Lupton, Peter Stallybrass, Dena Goodman and Karen Harvey.
Dr Anna Louise Senkiw (Oxford Brookes University)
Anna Louise Senkiw has just completed her thesis entitled “Made in the Media: Actresses, Celebrity and the Periodical Press in the Late Eighteenth-Century” under Professor Ros Ballaster at the University of Oxford and is currently working on turning it into a book. As well as working on the EMCO project, she is also a research assistant for “Opening the Edgeworth Papers” and “The Correspondence of Jemima Grey”. When she is not transcribing eighteenth-century women’s letters, she works on and teaches eighteenth-century drama, women’s writing, and newspapers in fiction.
Dr Jack Orchard (Swansea University)
Jack Orchard has recently completed a PhD thesis on “Reading and Sociability in the Correspondence Networks of Elizabeth Montagu and Friends” through a Collaborative Doctoral Award between Swansea University and Electronic Enlightenment (EE) at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, under the supervision of Professors Caroline Franklin and Mike Franklin, and Dr Robert McNamee. Jack has also published an open access digital edition of 25 letters by, or relating to, Elizabeth Montagu through EE, “Elizabeth Montagu and Select Friends”, as well as an article in Women’s Writing; “Dr Johnson on Trial: Catherine Talbot and Jemima Grey Responding to Samuel Johnson’s The Rambler”.
Professor Clare Brant (King’s College, London, UK)
Clare Brant’s research explores a wide range of subjects in the long eighteenth century and contemporary culture through most forms of literature, the history of ideas and human lives. She co-directs the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s, and co-edits the Palgrave series, Studies in Life Writing, https://www.palgrave.com/us/series/15200. She is also an editor on the European Journal of Life Writing, ejlw.eu, director of Strandlines: Lives on the Strand past, present and creative, as well as being a member of the ERC-funded Ego Media group, researching digital forms of life writing,. She also has a long-standing interest in letter writing: Eighteenth-Century Letters and British Culture (Palgrave 2006; paperback 2010) won the ESSE Book Award for 2008, and Professor Brant has been publishing on Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, for instance in Intimacy and Celebrity in Eighteenth-Century Literary Culture eds Emrys Jones and Victoria Joule (Palgrave 2017), and Handbook Autobiography/Autofiction, ed. Martina Wagner-Engelhaaf (de Gruyter 2018).
Professor Nicholas Cronk (Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford)
Nicholas Cronk is Professor of European Enlightenment Studies and Director of the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford. He is also General Editor of the Œuvres completes de Voltaire / Complete works of Voltaire (203 vols, 1968-2021), and with Glenn Roe, co-director of the Voltaire Lab at the Voltaire Foundation. He was Principal Investigator of Electronic Enlightenment (2000-2009), and recent appointments include a fellowship at the Institute in Digital Textual Studies, National Humanities Center, NC (2015-2016). He has written widely on Voltaire, including Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2017), and has a particular interest in Voltaire’s correspondence. He has published an anthology of the letters (Voltaire, Choix de lettres, Gallimard, 2017), and with Glenn Roe has co-authored Voltaire’s Correspondence: Digital Readings (CUP, 2020).
Professor Suzan van Dijk (Huygens Institute, netherlands)
Suzan van Dijk is a senior researcher at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Amsterdam). She studied French and comparative literature at universities of Utrecht and Paris-IV. Since her thesis, Traces de femmes: présence féminine dans le journalisme français du XVIIIe siècle (1988), she continued her research in 18th- and 19th-century women’s writing and its (trans)national reception. She is published widely in this field, and took the initiative, some 20 years ago, for creating a network of colleagues from numerous countries, centring on the online database New approaches to European Women’s Writing . This was successively financed by NWO, COST, CLARIN, HERA, and is now a DARIAH Working Group entitled Women Writers in History (c. 90 members). For several years she has also been preparing an online edition of the correspondence of Dutch-Swiss author Isabelle de Charrière: The first part of which was launched October 2019 and the remaining letters (2400) are due to be published in 2021.
Professor Emerita Caroline Franklin (Swansea University)
Professor Franklin is Principal Investigator of EMCO. She is a graduate of the Universities of London and Cardiff, and a Fellow of the English Association. She is an expert on eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature with a particular interest in women writing. She has authored five monographs, edited or co-edited six reprint series of rare texts, co-edited an anthology of critical essays on print culture, and edited an anthology of Gothic verse. Caroline has published scholarly articles on Lord Byron, Walter Scott, Robert Southey, Mary Wollstonecraft, Madame de Staël, Jane Austen, Helen Maria Williams, Lady Morgan, Iolo Morganwg and others.
Garry Kelly is Distinguished University Professor, University of Alberta, and he is the author of over twenty volumes of research, and edited dozens more. He was the series editor for the Bluestocking Feminism, (London: Pickering and Chatto, 1999), 6-volume collection of Bluestocking works, and Sarah Scott’s Millennium Hall(Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2001), as well as several essays on related themes. His current project is seeing through the multi-volume Oxford History of Popular Print Culture for Oxford University Press. He also continues to engage in projects on the history of fun, sixpenny Romanticism (cheap print and entertainments), plebeian modernity in Romantic Britain, women writers and intellectuals from the “bluestockings” to the “literary lady” and woman of letters, Romantic apocalypse or representations and uses of end-times, Romantic chronotopes or new configurations of time-space.
Dr Robert McNamee (Director, Electronic Enlightenment, Oxford, UK)
Robert McNamee is the Architect and Director of the Electronic Enlightenment Project. Long interested in the possibilities of associating texts and computers, he has worked on several early projects in the digital humanities, including medieval and modern literature. Appointed head of digital R & D at the Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford (1995), he worked on creation of an SGML version of the massive Œuvres complete de Voltaire. During this time, he began exploring the parallels between historical correspondence networks and the Web (then just invented). The result was development of EE’s scholarly-technology for reconnecting “the world’s first global, social network”. Six Mellon Foundation grants supported the necessary technical and textual R&D, as well as development of a self-sustaining model for the ongoing research project. The resource, Electronic Enlightenment, is now distributed world-wide through Oxford University Press.
Professor Felicity Nussbaum (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Felicity A. Nussbaum, Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the author most recently of Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-Century British Theatre (U Penn Press). Among her other books are The Arabian Nights in Historical Context(Oxford UP) with Saree Makdisi; The Limits of the Human: Fictions of Anomaly, Race, and Gender (Cambridge UP); The Autobiographical Subject: Gender and Ideology in Eighteenth-Century England (John Hopkins UP), awarded the Gottschalk Prize; and Torrid Zones: Maternity, Sexuality and Empire(Johns Hopkins UP). Her essays on eighteenth-century drama have appeared recently in PMLA,The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre, and Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture. A former president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, she is pursuing projects on entertainments that deal with slavery and the Orient, and has recently completed a play about Hester Thrale Piozzi entitled ‘Witty Woman’.
Professor Elena Pierazzo (Université de Tours, France)
Elena Pierazzo’s specialism is editing, Italian Renaissance texts and text encoding and she has published and presented papers at international conferences in Renaissance literature, digital critical editions, text encoding theory and Italian linguistics. She is currently professor of Italian Studies and Digital Humanities at the University of Grenoble 3 “Stendhal”, part of the Grenoble “Alpes” COMUE. She has been lead analyst of a dozen research projects including Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts: A Digital Edition; CHARM: The AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music; and LangScape – TheLanguage of the Landscape: Reading the Anglo-Saxon Countryside). She is currently the Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative and of the TEI Manuscripts SIG; She also an elected member of the TEI Board; She is the author of Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories, Models, Practices(London: Routledge, 2016) and editor, with James Driscoll, of Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories and Practices(Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2016), available on open access.
Professor Lynda Pratt (University of Nottingham, UK)
Lynda Pratt is currently Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange (Faculty of Arts). She is a member of the AHRC Strategic College, a Fellow of the English Association (2012- ), and an editorial board member of the journals Romanticism and Essays in Romanticism. She is general editor of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey (2009- ), published by Romantic Circles and of Southey’s Poetical Works (9 vols, Pickering and Chatto, 2004, 2012).
Professor Peter Sabor (McGill University, Canada)
Peter Sabor is currently Canada Research Chair in Eighteenth Century Studies and Director of the Burney Centre. His research focuses on Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, particularly the history of the novel. His wide ranging bibliography encompasses both editorial and critical work on Horace Walpole, John Cleland, Sarah Fielding, Jane Austen, and the eighteenth-century reception of Shakespeare, as well as Fanny Burney and Samuel Richardson, the subjects of his most recent books, Samuel Richardson in Context, ed. with Betty A. Schellenberg (Cambridge University Press, 2017), & The Additional Journals and Letters of Frances Burney (Volume II – 179101840), ed. (Oxford University Press, 2018). Professor Sabor is currently general editor of a six-volume edition of the Court Journals of Frances Burney & general editor of a five-volume edition of the Letters of Dr Charles Burney, as well as being co-general editor of a twenty-four volume edition of the Works and Correspondence of Samuel Richardson.
Professor Betty Schellenberg (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Betty Schellenberg is a specialist in eighteenth-century studies who received her training at the University of Winnipeg (BEd, BAHonours) and the University of Ottawa (MA, PhD). Some of her publications are Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print in England, 1740-1790 (Cambridge UP, 2016), an edition of the correspondence of the novelist Samuel Richardson (Cambridge UP, 2015), The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge UP, 2005), and Reconsidering the Bluestockings (Huntington Library, 2003, co-edited with Nicole Pohl). Her current research focuses on the relationship between literature circulating in manuscript and print publications.
Dr Nicholas Seager (Keele University)
Nicholas Seager is Reader in English Literature and Head of the School of Humanities at Keele University. He has published The Rise of the Novel: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (2012) and (with Daniel Cook) The Afterlives of Eighteenth-Century Fiction (2015). He is the editor (with Lance Wilcox) of Samuel Johnson’s 1744 biography The Life of Mr. Richard Savage (2016). Currently he is completing The Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Daniel Defoe (expected 2021) and editing (with Marc Mierowsky) Defoe’s Roxana for Oxford World’s Classics. He is also editing The Oxford Handbook of Daniel Defoe (with J. A. Downie) and The Cambridge Companion to Gulliver’s Travels (with Daniel Cook).
Professor Janet Todd (University of Aberdeen)
Professor Todd is a former president of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and emerita professor of the University of Aberdeen. She has written many critical works on women writers in the long 18th century and edited the complete works of Aphra Behn, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jane Austen. She has written three linked biographies on Mary Wollstonecraft, her daughters (Fanny Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley), and her aristocratic Irish pupil, Lady Mount Cashell. Her most recent books are the Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen (2015); A Man of Genius, Bitter Lemon Press 2016; Aphra Behn: A Secret Life, Fentum Press 2017; Radiation Diaries: cancer, memory and fragments of a life in words, Fentum Press 2018.
Dr Kerri Andrews (Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK)
Kerri Andrews is Reader in Women’s Literature and Textual Editing at Edge Hill University. She is the lead on the Hannah More Letters: A Digital Edition, which aims to publish all 1,800 surviving letters written by Hannah More. She is the Chair of Hannah More Trust, established in 2020 which works to support the Hannah More Digital Edition and further knowledge of More’s life and works. Kerri has published widely on women’s literature, especially on eighteenth-century and Romantic era women writers. Her most recent monograph, Wanderers: A History of Women Walking was published by Reaktion in September 2020. She has previously edited the works and letters of the labouring-class poet Ann Yearsley (Pickering and Chatto, 2014), and is currently working on an edition of the correspondence of Nan Shepherd, the acclaimed Scottish nature writer and mountaineer (Edinburgh University Press, 2023)
Dr Elizabeth S. Bennett (Private scholar)
Elizabeth Bennett is an independent historian specializing in eighteenth-century Britain. Her research interests include women and gender, marriage, and political culture. Dr. Bennett’s work on Elizabeth Montagu’s male friendships and her engagement in the political sphere is published in “Elizabeth Montagu” in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, vol. 340, ed. Lawrence Trudeau (Gale, Cengage, 2017) and in “‘The Commerce of Life’: Elizabeth Montagu (1718–1800),” ed. Nicole Pohl, special issue, Huntington Library Quarterly 81, no.4 (Winter 2018). She is based in Dallas, TX where she teaches history and eighteenth-century studies at The Hockaday School, a college preparatory institution for girls founded in 1913.
Dr Melanie Bigold (Cardiff University)
Melanie Bigold is a literary historian whose work encompasses the fields of book history and women’s literary history during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her primary focus has always been on revisiting the manuscript and material cultural heritage of the period, and this has involved extensive research on epistolary culture. Her book, Women of Letters, Manuscript Circulation, and Print Afterlives in the Eighteenth Century (2013) features chapters on EMCO correspondent Elizabeth Carter, as well as other bluestocking figures. Her current project is the first book-length history of women’s libraries in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.
Michael Cousins is a garden historian with a special interest in garden buildings and features of the eighteenth century, currently undertaking a PhD related to this field (Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study at the University of London), having taken early retirement. He has reassessed our understanding of several important sites including Shugborough, and Ditchley Park, which together with his foundation monograph on Hagley Park, have appeared in Garden History. He has contributed a chapter in the recent publication Fonthill Recovered and has written extensively for other journals on extant and lost features; as well as lecturing at home and abroad on contemporary parks, Chinese buildings, grottoes, and pattern-books. His interest in Elizabeth Montagu stems from the exchange of correspondence with George, Lord Lyttelton, of Hagley.
Professor Markman Ellis (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Markman Ellis is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies in the English Department at Queen Mary University of London. He studied for a BA and MA in English at the University of Auckland, and a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Since 1992 he has taught in the English Department at Queen Mary University of London. His research concerns eighteenth-century literature and culture. His first book was The Politics of Sensibility: Race, Gender and Commerce in the Sentimental Novel (Cambridge University Press, 1996), which explored sensibility and political controversy in eighteenth-century novels. His subsequent monograph publications are: The History of Gothic Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2000), on historicism in the gothic novel; The Coffee-House: a Cultural History (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), which focussed on the representation of the coffee-house in the period 1650-1750; and Empire of Tea, co-written with Richard Coulton and Matthew Mauger (Reaktion, 2015). His publications on Elizabeth Montagu include ‘Reading practices in Elizabeth Montagu’s epistolary network of the 1750s’, in Elizabeth Eger’s Bluestockings Displayed (2013) and ‘“An Author in Form”: Women Writers, Print Publication, and Elizabeth Montagu’s Dialogues of the Dead’, in ELH (2012).
Dr Kathleen Keown
Kathleen Keown has recently completed her doctorate in English Literature at the University of Oxford, where she was funded by a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. Currently, she is preparing her first monograph for publication, entitledSociable Productions: Women's Poetry and the Print Marketplace, 1700-1760. Her work focuses on eighteenth-century women's writing, particularly poetry, but she has wider research and teaching interests in eighteenth-century book history, literary sociability, reading practices, and the relationship between poetry and the novel. In 2018, she acted as an academic consultant for the exhibition 'The Accomplished Mrs Boscawen' at the National Trust property Hatchlands Park, working to bring Frances Boscawen's life and achievements to a wider audience.
Dr Madeleine Pelling
Madeleine Pelling is an art historian specialising in eighteenth-century Britain. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, having completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of York. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, as well as visiting research fellowships at the Royal Archives through the Georgian Papers Programme, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Queen Mary University London and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. Her research focuses on material and visual cultures in the eighteenth century, with focus on four key sites: the collected object, the manuscript, the inscribed surface and the cinematic screen. Her work appears in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Women’s History Review, and she is currently preparing a monograph, The Duchess’s Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, for publication.
Dr Anni Sairio (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Anni Sairio’s research background is in language variation and change, specifically the history of English from a sociolinguistic angle. She has done a lot of research on the Late Modern English period, particularly the eighteenth century, when the English language was undergoing a strong phase of standardisation but variation still abounded. I got my PhD in 2009 on a sociolinguistic study in the correspondence of the Bluestocking network, and she has published a letter corpus of their correspondence (http://bluestocking.ling.helsinki.fi/). In 2017 she was awarded a docentship at the University of Helsinki. Her teaching experience covers skills courses (academic writing, text analysis) and BA- and MA-level options courses and she has taught courses on language and identity, sociolinguistics, variation and change in English, global and regional variation in English, and digital aspects of English.
Alice Wickenden (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
James Bragg (Undergraduate Placement, Oxford Brookes University)
James Bragg is a third year undergraduate History student at Oxford Brookes University, with a focus on British cultural history in the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to his efforts to the EMCO, he is working on his dissertation, “Napoleon and the British Press”, which attempts to determine how the media defined the British identity through their accounts on Napoleon Bonaparte. Alongside his academics, he is a volunteer at the Museum of Oxford and has a passion for reading historical fiction of the medieval variety.