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Durham University

Department of English Studies

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Dr Gillian Skinner

Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46573
Room number: Room A75, Elvet Riverside 1
Senior Research Fellow of St Chad's College

Contact Dr Gillian Skinner (email at g.m.skinner@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

My research interests lie principally in the areas of eighteenth-century fiction and drama, sensibility and eighteenth-century writing by women. I'm particularly interested in the construction of gender and its relation to genre. My first book, Sensibility and Economics in the Novel, 1740-1800: The Price of a Tear (Macmillan, 1999) examined the ways in which the sentimental novel, traditionally perceived as a ‘feminine’ genre focussing on the affective and domestic, was in fact able to comment extensively on economic and political issues of the day, especially the status of commerce and women’s relation to it. I've also written on women’s legal standing in the eighteenth century and how it emerges in the fiction of the period, and delivered papers on the work of Sarah Fielding, Frances Brooke and Frances Burney. Burney is a continuing major focus of my attention and I've delivered papers on diverse aspects of performance in Burney's work at a number of conferences. Articles derived from these papers have appeared in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Romanticism and Women’s Writing. An article on Burney’s negotiations of propriety in her Court Journals and Letters has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Life and an essay on Garrick's afterpieces in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research. Most recently, I have contributed several entries to the forthcoming Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and I am now working on an edition of Sarah Fielding's 1759 novel The History of the Countess of Dellwyn.

I welcome inquiries from students with research interests in eighteenth-century literature, especially the novel and drama.

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Skinner, Gillian (Accepted). 'Anon., Memoirs of the Shakespear's Head'. In The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. London, April Cambridge University Press.
  • Skinner, Gillian (Accepted). 'Anon., The Strolling Player; or, Life and Adventures of William Templeton'. In The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. London, April Cambridge University Press.
  • Skinner, Gillian (Accepted). 'Charles Jenner, Letters from Altamont'. In The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Cambridge University Press.
  • Skinner, Gillian (Accepted). 'Charles Jenner, The Placid Man'. In The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. London, April Cambridge University Press.
  • Skinner, Gillian (Accepted). 'Sarah Fielding, The Lives of Cleopatra and Octavia'. In The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. London, April Cambridge University Press.
  • Skinner, Gillian (2010). 'Class, Gender, and Inheritance in Burney's A Busy Day and The Woman-Hater'. In Approaches to Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Nelson, Bonnie & Burroughs, Catherine New York: Modern Language Association of America. 237-246.
  • Skinner, Gillian. (2004). 'Lady Dorothea Du Bois' and 'Charles Jenner'. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Matthew, H.C.G., Harrison, Brian & Goldman, Lawrence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Skinner, Gillian. (2000). '"A worse Condition than Slavery itself"? Women's Status as Legal and Civic Subjects in the Eighteenth Century'. In Women and Literature in Britain 1700-1800. Jones, Vivien. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Skinner, Gillian. (1999). 'The History of Lady Julia Mandeville' and 'Self-Control'. In The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English. Sage, Lorna. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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