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

#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

Act of Union; or, a contemporary diversion and happy announcement in the form of a fellow scribbling woman

Infamous Scribblers is thrilled to announce a new main writer: my colleague and friend, Sonya. Sonya is a lecturer in English at Ohio State University in Columbus. She specializes in … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Performing Perdita: Lifestyles of the Infamous Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson was one hot and talented chick. “I was delighted at the Play last Night, and was extremely moved by two scenes in it, especially as I was particularly … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

More than a “No Body”: Frances Burney and the Infamy of Being a Somebody

  Frances Burney, 1752-1840 So, once upon a time, when I was a little undergrad English major dreaming of graduate school, I was convinced I’d be a Victorianist and applied … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Living with Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary A. Favret is Professor of English at Indiana University (Bloomington), an affiliate of the Gender Studies program, and the Director of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at IU. She … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Mixed Legacies of Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Jean Corbett is John W. Steube Professor of English and an Affiliate of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is the author … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Substance and Shadow: Feminism and the Spectre of Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1798) As some of my infamous and scribbling readers may know, April 27th marks Mary Wollstonecraft’s 252nd birthday. For over 200 years Wollstonecraft and her much-cited Vindication of … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Empires of the Self: Mary Brunton and the “Nonfamous” Scribbling Woman

Mary Brunton (1778-1818) was a Scottish novelist and wife of a clergyman. Although she only wrote three novels, Self-Control, Discipline, and Emmeline, her work was widely read by her contemporaries, … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Spy Games: The Intrigues of Aphra Behn

Or is it the intriguing Aphra Behn? In the 18th century? Dramatist. Poet. Early Novelist. Spy. In the 20th century? Feminist icon. Professional writer. Bad Ass. Aphra Behn is many … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 1 Comment