Dr Amy Culley

    Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

    School of English & Journalism
    College of Arts

    About Amy Culley

    Amy is a Senior Lecturer in English, based in the School of English and Journalism, and she has lectured at the University since 2007. Her research interests are in the literature and culture of the eighteenth century and Romantic period, particularly women’s writing and life writing and the work of Mary Wollstonecraft, Helen Maria Williams, and Mary Robinson. Her monograph ‘British Women’s Life Writing, 1760-1840: Friendship, Community, and Collaboration’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) examines spiritual autobiographies by Methodist writers, the scandalous memoirs of courtesans and actresses, and travel narratives.

    More recently, she has developed interests in biography and historiography, contributing to the collection ‘Historical Writing in Britain, 1688-1830: Visions of History’, edited by Ben Dew and Fiona Price (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She is currently writing a book chapter on women writers’ contributions to early literary biography and co-editing (with Anna Fitzer) a collection of essays on editing and textual scholarship for Routledge based on her experiences of editing women’s court memoirs. Her most recent research project, funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, focuses on narratives of ageing in women’s life writing in the early nineteenth century.

    She co-organised (with Dr Rebecca Styler) the ‘Lives in Relation’ conference which took place at the University in 2009 and is a member of the Nineteenth-Century Research Group.

    Department Responsibilities

    Amy is joint Programme Leader for BA (Hons) English

    Amy coordinates undergraduate modules on Georgian Literature, Life Writing, and Women’s Writing and Feminist Theory at level three, as well as contributing to core first level modules, Victorian Literature, Introduction to Narrative, and Introduction to Poetry. She contributes to the MA in English Studies and MA in 19th Century Studies and is co-ordinator of optional modules in Nineteenth-Century Life Writing and The Nineteenth-Century Woman Writer. She contributes to the MA in Historical Studies and co-ordinates research skills sessions for English MA students.

    Amy is currently supervising 3 PhD students working on friendship in Jacobin fiction, Tennyson’s poetry, and contemporary life writing. She would welcome enquiries from students considering doctoral study in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, women’s writing, and life writing topics. 

    Subject Specialism

    Eighteenth-century and Romantic literature

    Qualifications

    • PhD English, University of London (2007)
    • MA English, University of London (2003)
    • BA English, University of Oxford (1999)

    Awards

    • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (2015)
    • Visiting Fellowship, Chawton House Library (2014)
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council Taught Masters Award (2002)
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award (2003)
    • Royal Historical Society Conference Grant (2009)
    • British Association for Victorian Studies Conference Grant (2009)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Member of American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
    • Member of British Society for Romantic Studies
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • Member of British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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