Dr Natasha Simonova

Research Interests

I work primarily on fiction and critical prose in the long 18th century, with particular interests in the history of 'amateur' and 'professional' authorship, women's writing, and the relationship between the romance and novel. My first monograph examined the development of sequels by 'other hands' in this period. My current research looks at the contribution of women to the development of 'English Literature' as a discipline. I am also writing a book about the Grey family of Wrest Park, and what their extensive correspondence can tell us about women's amateur writing and intellectual lives. 

I am one of the co-editors of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. 

I teach English Literature 1550-1830 (Papers 3-5 and Shakespeare) for Exeter undergraduates and Williams College visiting students and supervise dissertations in this area, particularly relating to prose fiction, women's writing, and the history of the book. I am also the Postdoctoral Mentor for the 1700-1830 strand of the MSt. 

Twitter: @philistella


  • ‘A book that all have heard of…but that nobody reads’: Sidney’s Arcadia in the Eighteenth Century

  • Owning The English Rogue: Commerce and Reputation in Restoration Authorship

  • Early Modern Authorship and Prose Continuations

  • New Evidence for the Reading of Sectarian Women's Prophecies

  • Passing Through Vanity Fair: The Pilgrim's Progress in the Marketplace

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