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Jennifer Airey specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, with an emphasis on Restoration drama and theater history. Her research concentrates on depictions of gender and sexuality, both on-stage and in Restoration culture, and she is particularly interested in interrogating the relationship between extra-literary sources--propaganda pamphlets, circulating broadsides, and popular sermons--and the British stage. Her 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. Airey is currently at work on a new book project, Religion Around Mary Shelley, which will examine Shelley's beliefs across the length of her career.She is the editor of Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, the first scholarly journal devoted solely to the study of women's writings.
Ph.D., Boston University
M.A., Boston University
B.A., Brandeis University
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, Rhetoric and Composition.
The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.
The Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2012.
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, Jennifer. “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. Ed. Michael Hüttler and Emily M.N. Kugler. Hollitzer Verlag, 2015. 167–88. Print.
“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
Airey, Jennifer. “Restoration Drama Excluding Dryden.” Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Year's Work in English Studies 2016: 612–20. Print.
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.
“Coyness and Crime in Restoration Comedy: Women’s Desire, Deception, and Agency” (Book Review). Restoration37.1 (2013): 80-82.
“Restoration Drama excluding Dryden.” Year’s Work in English Studies. Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 488-97.
“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.
Airey, Jennifer. “ ‘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): 1–14. Print.
Airey, Jennifer. “‘Abused, Neglected,—Unhonoured,—Unrewarded’: The Economics of Authorial Labor in the Writings of Mary Robinson.” ABO 6.1 (2016): 1–13. Print.
“‘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 (2010): 529-44.
“‘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.