Jennifer Airey, PhD
Jennifer Airey specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, with an emphasis on women's literature and theater history. Her research concentrates on depictions of gender and sexuality, and she is particularly interested in interrogating the relationship between extra-literary sources--propaganda pamphlets, circulating broadsides, and popular sermons--and British literature. Her first book, The Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage, was published in 2012 by the University of Delaware Press, and is the first full-length study of representations of sexual violence in Restoration theater and political culture. By reading theatrical depictions of sexual violence alongside political tracts, this study argues that authors used dramatic representations of rape to respond to and engage with late-century upheavals in British politics.
Her second book, Religion Around Mary Shelley (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019), offers the first examination of Shelley's beliefs across the length of her career. Airey foregrounds Shelley as an important religious thinker of the Romantic period, analyzing her creative engagement with the religious controversies around her and uncovering a belief system that was both influenced by and profoundly different from those of her male Romantic counterparts.
Airey is the editor of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, the first scholarly journal devoted solely to the study of women's writings.
Restoration and long eighteenth-century British literature
Early modern theatre
Gender and sexuality
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature, Seventeenth-Century Literature including Shakespeare and Milton, Drama and Performance, Romantic Literature, Gothic Literature, Women’s Literature, Queer Literature, Feminist Theory, Masculinity Theory, Popular Culture, Video Game Studies.
Religion Around Mary Shelley. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019.
The Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage.
Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2012.
Airey, Jennifer. “Cult: The Case of Mary-Catherine Cadiere.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 48 (2019): 257-60. Print.
Airey, Jennifer. “”‘He Bears No Rival near the Throne’: Male Narcissism and Early Feminism in the Works of Charlotte Dacre.'” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30.2 (2018): 223–41. Print.
Airey , J. “He Stood Like One Transfixed With thunder”: Male Rape and the Punishment of Libertinism in Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess. Women’s Writing, 2017, pp. 1-14.
Airey , J. “Abused, neglected,—unhonoured,—unrewarded”: The Economics of Authorial Labor in the Writings of Mary Robinson. Vol. 6, ABO, 2016, pp. 1-13.
“‘I must vary shapes as often as a player’: Susanna Centlivre and the Liberty of the British
Stage.” Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 28.1 (2013): 45-62.
“Eve’s Nature, Eve’s Nurture in Dryden’s Edenic Opera.” Studies in English Literature 50.3
“‘For fear of learning new Language’: Antitheatricalism and the Female Spectator in The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer.” Restoration 31.2 (2007): 1-19.
Airey, Jennifer. “The ‘English Sappho’s’ Daughter: Recovering the Works of Maria Elizabeth Robinson.” The Future of Feminist Eighteenth-Century Scholarship: Beyond Recovery. Ed. Robin Runia. Routledge, 2018. 149–64. Print.
Airey, Jennifer. “Mary Shelley’s Mathilda and the Limits of Authorial Leadership.” Cultural Icons and Cultural Leadership. Ed. Kristin Bezio and Peter Iver Kaufman. Edward Elgar, 2017. 54–67. Print.
Airey , J. “Justice and the Bashaw of Merryland: Harem Fantasy, Rape Narrative, and the Trial of Lord Baltimore (1768)”. Ottoman Empire and European Theatre, Vol III: Images of the Harem in Literature and Theatre, Hollitzer Verlag, 2015, pp. 167-88.
“Staging Rape in the Age of Walpole: Sexual Violence and the Politics of Dramatic Adaptation in 730s Britain.” Interpreting Sexual Violence: 1660-1800. Ed. Anne Greenfield. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013. 95-105
“Restoration Drama excluding Dryden.” Year’s Work in English Studies. Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 556-65.
“The Invention of the Oral: Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain” (Book Review). Studies in Romanticism57.3 (2018): 494-97.
Airey , J. Restoration Drama Excluding Dryden. Year’s Work in English Studies, 2017.
“How Eighteenth-Century Women Fended-Off Sexual Violence by Writing and Talking: A Study of Four British Novels by Delarivier Manley, Jane Barker, Eliza Haywood, and Samuel Richardson. ” (Book Review). The Scriberlian42.2 (2017): 71-72.
Airey, Jennifer. “Restoration Drama Excluding Dryden.” Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Year’s Work in English Studies 2016: 612–20. Print.
“Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker” (Theater Review). Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 29.2 (2015): 109-11.
“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” (Theater Review). Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 30.1-2 (2015): 129-32.
Airey, Jennifer. “Restoration Drama Excluding Dryden.” Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Year’s Work in English Studies 2015: 538–46. Print.
“Restoration Drama excluding Dryden.” Year’s Work in English Studies. Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 521-34.
“Restoration Drama excluding Dryden.” Year’s Work in English Studies. Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 488-97.
“Coyness and Crime in Restoration Comedy: Women’s Desire, Deception, and Agency” (Book Review). Restoration37.1 (2013): 80-82.
“A Race of Female Patriots: Women and Public Spirit on the British Stage, 1688-1745” (Book Review). Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 27.2 (2012): 85-87.
“Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage” (Book Review). 1650-1830: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries 19 (2012): 362-65.
“Acting Like a Lady: British Women Novelists and the Eighteenth-Century Theater” (Book
Review). Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 28.2 (2009): 376-78.
“Some Current Publications.” Restoration 32.1 (2008): 71-91.
- Reading Major British Writers I
- Special Topics
- Literary Constructions of the Self
- Independent Study
- Enlightenment and Its Critics
- Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
- Qualifying Exam Preparation
- Early Modern Texts and Contexts
- Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing
Awards & Honors
- Excellence in Mentoring Award
- Faculty Mentor
- The Linda J. Lacey Award for Mentoring Excellence
- University of Tulsa Outstanding Teacher Award
- Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship
- Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching
- Outstanding Teacher Award