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Dr Kim Simpson 

Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Chawton House Library Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr Kim Simpson is the Chawton House Library Postdoctoral Fellow and a Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature.

I joined English at Southampton in September 2016 at the same time as taking up a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Chawton House Library. I am a member of the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCECS)

I have a BA, MA and PhD from the University of Kent, where I also completed a year-long lectureship in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature before coming to Southampton.

My research interests include women’s writing of the long eighteenth century; amatory fiction; anonymity, pseudonymity, and attribution; masquerade; the body; afterlives and adaptation; feminist and queer theories.

My PhD was on amatory fiction, and provided a re-examination of this early eighteenth-century genre in terms of its treatment of identity, authorship, materiality, power and desire. The aim was to broaden the scope of what might be considered ‘amatory’ by reading unfamiliar and anonymous texts alongside those authored by recognised amatory writers such as Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, and Eliza Haywood. It was a project motivated by a wider interest in canonisation and forgetting.

I am currently working on a long-term research project which focuses on neglected anonymous fiction and which aims to resituate anonymous fiction as having played a crucial role in the eighteenth-century literary marketplace, both in terms of the generative engagement between anonymous and attributed texts, and in terms of the development of the novel.

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Monographs and Articles

The 'Little Arts’ of Amatory Fiction: Identity, Performance, and the Body (in progress)

Little Arts and the Rack of Nature: Teaching Identity in Fantomina and The Masqueraders’ in Approaches to Teaching Eliza Haywood, ed. by Tiffany Potter (MLA, forthcoming)

‘Manley’s Queer Forms: Repetition, Techno-performativity, and the Body’ in New Perspectives on Delarivier Manley and Eighteenth-Century Literature: Power, Sex and Text, ed. by Aleksonda Hultquist and Elizabeth J. Mathews (New York and London: Routledge, 2016)

Book Chapter

In 2017-18, I am the convenor for the Eighteenth-Century Pathway on the MA in English Literary Studies.
I will be teaching on the following modules:

Semester 1
ENGL6134: Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century

Semester 2
ENGL2085: The Enlightenment Body

In 2016-17, I also taught on:

ENGL2011: Women, Writing and Modernity in Britain, 1790-1865
ENGL6113: The Unknown Jane Austen

Dr Kim Simpson
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 65/2041

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