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Dr Rebecca Bullard – University of Reading

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Dr Rebecca Bullard

Dr Rebecca Bullard
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Associate Professor
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  • Admissions Officer, Department of English Literature
  • Module convenor: EN2RER (Restoration to Revolution) and EN3ECN (The Eighteenth-Century Novel)

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Dr Bullard is a specialist in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature and culture. Her research ranges across literary genres including the early novel, biography and autobiography, political writing, translation, satire, and drama. She has published on authors including Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, Delarivier Manley, Nicholas Rowe, and Eliza Haywood. She has a longstanding special interest in works written by and about women, and in the role of gender in politics. She is a literary historian and an historian of the book: much of her research uses the physical, material forms of texts as evidence for the ways in which they were produced and consumed by authors, booksellers and printers, and readers. She is currently engaged in researching and writing The Oxford History of Life-Writing, Volume 3: The Eighteenth Century.

For further details about Dr Bullard's research publications, please see Rebecca Bullard Publications .




Dr Bullard teaches widely across the period 1550-1800 at all levels of the Department's undergraduate degree programmes and on the MA in English. She is currently supervising doctoral research on a range of archival sources, from parish libraries to manuscripts by and about women. She is always keen to receive informal enquiries from potential PhD students interested in any aspect of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literary studies.

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