Infamous Scribblers

women writers of the long eighteenth century

Heckling Privilege: What Austen’s Emma Can Teach Us About the Politics of Joking

The interwebs have been set twittering about, well, another tweet: Madeleine Albright’s quick-fire response to Conan O’Brien’s use of her as a comedic subject–namely, that he is going as a … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Domestic Violence in the Past and Present: The Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge

Today marks the first post after a long break. It is also the day before October, which is both National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Awareness Against Domestic Violence … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

#CancelSwift: On Satire, Infamous Scribbling Women, and (Not So) Recent Politics

  This post does not necessarily pertain to eighteenth-century scribbling women, but rather to a more recent one: Suey Park. It relates as well to Stephen Colbert and Jonathan Swift, … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Speak Freely: Remembering Maria W. Stewart

I have often heard the sentiment that times of historical, cultural, and social recognition, such as African American History Month, are unnecessary. While I wish we lived in a world … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Being Thankful for the Pain: Affliction in Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity

I’ve been holding out on discussing Mary Rowlandson for a number of reasons. It is something I’ve written about and discussed at length in the past and she is a … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Beauty of Fake “Savages”; Or, Charlotte Lennox’s The Life of Harriot Stuart, Written by Herself

Charlotte Lennox could arguably be described as one of the most famous (or infamous) female authors of the eighteenth century. Her second novel, The Female Quixote, was critically well received … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Vindications in America: Judith Sargent Murray’s “On the Equality of the Sexes”

Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women is rightfully celebrated today as a text which helped start discussions regarding women’s rights, education, social position, and general access to various … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

CFB: Call for Bloggers – Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice and Me: A Bicentennial Reflection In a nod to the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Infamous Scribblers is creating a collection of short … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Remembering Contradiction: Phillis Wheatley, A Bostonian

1753(?) – 1784 When I teach Wheatley, I tell my students about the question mark that follows her birth year. As a slave, transported from a country along the western … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Susanna Rowson Tale: From England to America and Back Again (And Then Back Again)

Author. Actress. Educator. Susanna Rowson filled many roles in her lifetime. As one of the first novelists of the new American nation, she holds a preeminent position in considerations of … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 4 Comments