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L. Airey is Associate Professor of English at the University of
Tulsa, where she serves as Editor of Tulsa Studies in
Women's Literature. Jennifer joined the Aphra Behn
Society in 2007, and subsequently became a member of the
Executive Board when she hosted the 2013 biennial conference at
the University of Tulsa. She is the author of The
Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the
Restoration Stage (Newark: University of Delaware
Press, 2012), and has published articles on authors such as
Dryden, Wycherley, Centlivre, Fielding, and Robinson. Currently,
she is at work on a new monograph, Religion Around
Mary Shelley, the first full-length study of
Shelley's religious beliefs across the length of her career.
responsible for the administration of the Aphra Behn Society,
which includes maintaining its finances and connections to other
organizations such as Aphra Behn Europe, ASECS, and BSECS.
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Laura Engel is a Professor
in the English Department at Duquesne University where she specializes
in eighteenth-century British literature and theater. She is the
author of Austen, Actresses, and Accessories: Much Ado About Muffs
(Palgrave Pivot, 2014) and Fashioning Celebrity (Ohio
State U Press, 2011), and co-editor with Elaine McGirr of Stage
Mothers: Women, Work and the Theater 1660-1800 (Bucknell UP,
2014). Recent articles on actresses, fashion, celebrity, and material
culture have appeared in The Burney Journal and ABO:
Interactive Journal for Women and the Arts. A forthcoming essay
in Literature Compass explores the new field of “Actress
Studies.” She is working on a new book project “Women, Performance and
the Material of Memory: The Archival Tourist 1780-1915.”
Marilyn Francus is a
Professor of English at West Virginia University, where she teaches
courses in the long eighteenth century and women's studies.
Marilyn is the author of Monstrous Motherhood: 18th-Century
Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity (2012) and The
Converting Imagination: Linguistic Theory and Swift's Satiric Prose
(1994), and she has published articles in a number of journals,
including ELH, Eighteenth-Century Life, and
Persuasions. Marilyn edits The Burney Journal, and she is
the chair of the International Visitor's Program for the Jane Austen
Society of North America.
Past Conference Presidents
Kirsten Shultz is an
Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University where she teaches Latin
American history. She is the author of Tropical Versailles: Empire,
Monarchy and the Portuguese Royal Court in Rio de Janeiro, 1808-1821
(Routledge: 2001) and articles on politics and culture in the
eighteenth-century Portuguese empire including “Slavery, empire, and
civilization: a Luso-Brazilian defense of the slave trade in the Age
of Revolutions” in Slavery and Abolition (2013). Her current
research examines understandings of authority, society, and culture in
the eighteenth-century Portuguese empire.
Karen Gevirtz is Associate Professor of English at Seton Hall
University. She has been a member of the Aphra Behn Society since
1996; past positions include Newsletter Editor and judge of the
graduate student paper competition. She has published articles on
eighteenth-century women writers and Jane Austen and a book,
Life After Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen.
Currently, she is co-editing a collection on gender and space in
Britain and writing a monograph on the relationship between the
Scientific Revolution and the emerging novel.
Sarah Creel is a Lecturer in
English at Kennesaw State University. Her research interests include Eliza
Haywood, early eighteenth-century female authorship, eighteenth-century
print culture, and the history of the book. When she isn't teaching or
researching, she's usually running or baking.
is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida
concentrating on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British
literature and digital pedagogies. Her dissertation, "Traveling
Women and the Consumption of Place in Eighteenth-Century Travel
Letters and Journals," considers how various women-authored travel
narratives of the long eighteenth century employ food in the
construction of place and identity. She also co-holds the position
of Social Media Coordinator for ABO: Interactive Journal for
Women in Arts.
Elaine Hobby is Professor of
Seventeenth-Century Studies and Head of Department in the English and
Drama Department, Loughborough University. Her work on seventeenth-century
women's writing began in 1978, when those teaching on her MA, which
focused on the year 1642, said that 'There weren't any women then', and so
she must work on writing by men instead. Behn's work is especially close
to her heart, and after a long diversion through the writings of
religio-political radicals, and another through early-modern writings on
the body, she is now looking forward to a decade or two with Aphra Behn at
the centre of what she is thinking about. Her publications include
Virtue of Necessity: English Women's Writing 1649-1688 (1988);
co-editing of Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by
Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen (1989); an edition of Jane Sharp,
The Midwives Book (1999).
Weizenbeck is a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor at
the University of Denver. Her current research interests
include women novelists of the early-eighteenth century, prose
fiction of the seventeenth century, the English Picaresque, and
eighteenth-century concepts of incest and sexuality. She has been
the newsletter editor for the Aphra Behn Society since 2012.
Robin Runia is Associate Professor of
English at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She's published
essays on gender, race, and spirituality in women's writing of the long
eighteenth century. She's currently at work on a monograph, Displaced
Britons: Africans and Creoles in the Writing of Maria Edgeworth.
Anne Greenfield is
Associate Professor of
English at Valdosta State University. She is Editor-in-Chief of
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research.
She edited the collection
Interpreting Sexual Violence: 1660-1800, and her current
research focuses on depictions of sexual violence in drama from 1660 to
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