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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

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. 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, and it discusses the life writing of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, and Helen Maria Williams amongst others. She is also co-editor (with Daniel Cook) of 'Women's Life Writing 1700-1850: Gender, Genre and Authorship' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). More recently, she has developed interests in textual editing and women's literary history, and has co-edited (with Anna Fitzer) 'Editing Women's Writing, 1670-1840' (Routledge, 2017), which draws on her experiences of editing women's court memoirs. She also has 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). 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. To date this research has inspired an essay and article on the late life writing of Mary Berry and Joanna Baillie, focusing on ageing and female literary networks. She is also working on an essay for 'The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism and Religion'. 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 Lincoln's Nineteenth-Century Research Group.

Department Responsibilities

Amy coordinates undergraduate modules on Georgian Literature and Life Writing 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 Lives and The Nineteenth-Century Woman Writer. She co-ordinates research skills sessions for English MA students. Amy is currently supervising three PhD students working on friendship in radical fiction of the 1790s, 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


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


  • 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)

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Research Interests

  • Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature

  • life writing

  • women's writing

  • ageing studies

  • textual editing

Research in the Lincoln Repository

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