Elizabeth Montagu
and the Bluestocking Circle
         is Funded by the AHRC

Steering Committee

Dr Elizabeth Eger 
Reader in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature,
Department of English Language and Literature,
King's College,
University of London

Professor Caroline Franklin
Professor of English,
Department of English Language and Literature,
School of Arts and Humanities,
Swansea University

Professor Michael Franklin
Professor of English,
Department of English Language and Literature,
School of Arts and Humanities,
Swansea University

Dr Nicole Pohl
Reader in Early Modern Theory and Critical Theory,
School of Arts and Humanities,
Oxford Brookes University


Advisory Board

Dr Linda Bree
Editorial Director, Arts and Literature,
Cambridge University Press

Dr Emma Major
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies,
The King's Manor,
University of York

Professor Harriet Guest
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies,
University of York

Professor David Hewitt
Regius Chalmers Professor of English Literature Emeritus,
Editor-in-chief, Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels,
School of Language and Literature,
University of Aberdeen,
King's College,

Dr Robert McNamee
Electronic Enlightenment Project,
Bodleian Library,
University of Oxford

Dr Elena Pierazzo
Programme Director for the MA in Digital Humanities,
Centre for Computing in the Humanities,
King's College London

Professor Lynda Pratt
Professor of Romanticism,
School of English,
University of Nottingham

Professor Peter Sabor
Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies,
Director of the Burney Centre,
Department of English,
McGill University

Professor Clare Brant
Lecturer in English,
Kings College London,

Professor Gary Kelly
University Professor and Canada Research Chair,
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies,
University of Alberta

Professor Felicity Nussbaum
Professor of Eighteenth Century Literature, Critical Theory, Gendre Studies, Autobiography and Satire,
Los Angeles

Professor Betty Schellenberg
Professor of English,
Department of English,
Simon Fraser University,

Professor Janet Todd
The President,
Lucy Cavendish College,

Editorial Board

Professor Markman Ellis
Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies,
Department of English,
Queen Mary,
University of London

Dr Anni Sairio
PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher,
University of Helsinki,
Room 351, Vironkatu 1

Professor Judith Hawley
Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature,
Director of Graduate Students (Research),
Department of English,
Royal Holloway,
University of London

Professor Deborah Heller
Professor of English,
Department of English,
Western New Mexico University

Dr Elizabeth Bennett,
Independent Scholar,
Eighteenth-Century British History

Professor Pamela Clemit
Professor of English,
Department of English Studies,
Durham University

Dr Karen Harvey
Senior Lecturer in Cultural History,
Department of History,
Sheffield University

Affiliated PhD Students

AHRC Funded PhD Student affiliated with the Elizabeth Montagu's Correspondence Project
Department of English,
Swansea University 

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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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