Kate Ozment



I am a doctoral candidate in eighteenth-century English literature with an emphasis on book history and women's authorship. I am also the co-editor of the Women in Book History bibliography, an ongoing digital resource that collects secondary sources on women's writing and labor. My dissertation recasts existing narratives of women’s authorship and commercial personas by charting these women as agents within the literary market. I pair Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, and Eliza Haywood each with their publishers to demonstrate that gendered authorial personas were a collaborative and material production rather than individual and rhetorical. These case studies uncover how a gendered discourse of author/publisher relationships can complicate existing methods and historiography in book history, which is primarily built on masculine subjects. I conclude by advocating for feminist bibliography as an activist intervention into the field that creates space for a diversity of voices and experiences.

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