Dr Nicola Parsons
BA (Hons) ANU PhD Melb.
+61 2 9036 7229
Room S347, John Woolley Building (A20)
My research is focused on eighteenth-century literature and cultural history. I’m especially interested in reading practices and forms of literary sociability. My first book, Reading Gossip in Early Eighteenth-Century England (Palgrave, 2009), concentrates on texts by Delariver Manley, Daniel Defoe, Richard Steele, Edmund Curll and Jane Barker and shows how gossip modelled an interpretative strategy that shaped readers' participation in both literary culture and in public debates. My two current research projects extend these interests into the long eighteenth century. I have published articles on Delarivier Manley, Queen Anne’s correspondence with the Duchess of Marlborough, and Jane Barker. Before coming to Sydney, I lectured in the English Department at the University of Melbourne.
- Eighteenth-century literature and cultural history
- theories and histories of reading
- cultures of scandal and sociability
- literary Jacobitism
- literary history and historical fiction
- Eliza Haywood and Daniel Defoe: Gender, Genre and Nation in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (ARC Discovery Grant, 2011-2013)
This ARC-funded research project focuses on the twinned careers of Eliza Haywood and Daniel Defoe in order to investigate the impact of gender and nationalism in debates surrounding the rise of the novel in eighteenth century.
- Reading the (Re)Presented Past: Literature and Historical Consciousness, 1700 to the present, with Dr Kate Mitchell (ANU)
This collection of essays examines the relationship between the reader and the represented past in British fiction since the eighteenth century, focusing on the intersection of historical representation, fictional techniques, and reading practices. Our aim is to provide a clearer understanding of the reader’s role in negotiating the relationship between past and present as it is mediated by the literary text.
- Parsons, N and K. Mitchell (ed) Forthcoming 2012, Reading the Represented Past: Literature and Historical Consciousness, 1700 to the present, Palgrave
- Parsons, N 2009, Reading Gossip in Early Eighteenth-Century England, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmills
- Parsons, N Forthcoming 2012, "The face of London strangely alter'd": Remembering the past in Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year, Reading the Represented Past: Literature and Historical Consciousness, 1700 to the present. Ed. Kate Mitchell and Nicola Parsons. Palgrave.
- Parsons, N Forthcoming, Materialising the Modern Reader: Negotiating Reference and Representation in the Secret History, The Reader in History. Ed. Bill Bell and Ross Alloway
- Parsons, N 2010, Inscribing the Carte de Tendre: mapping epistolary intimacy in Queen Anne's court, Expanding the Canon of Early Modern Women's Writing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 168-180
As part of my interest in tertiary level teaching I have a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Higher Education) from the University of Sydney (2008). In 2010, I was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award (Design and Practice) by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Here are some of the units I currently teach:
- ENGL2611: Jane Austen and her Contemporaries
- ENGL2659: The Eighteenth Century: Scandal and Sociability
- ENGL 3654: Libertine Literature: Sex & Politics
- ENGL IV Hons: The Eighteenth Century Novel: Theory and Practice