Jill Campbell teaches and writes about a variety of genres of 18th-century British literature: the novel, drama, poetry, essays, familiar letters and other forms of “life writing.” Her interests in women’s writing and the construction of gender in literature are part of a broader interest in the complex interactions between literary experience and social forms. She is the author of Natural Masques: Gender and Identity in Fielding’s Plays and Novels (1995) and is currently completing a book on satiric portraits and self-representations of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Lord Hervey, and Alexander Pope. Part of that book, “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and the ‘Glass Revers’d’ of Female Old Age,” recently appeared in Defects: Engendering the Modern Body; and her edition of Fielding’s The Author’s Farce is now available in The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early 18th-Century Drama. Her next book will study the interactions between literary texts and a variety of social practices: conversational wit, Restoration songs, newspaper advertising, instructional texts for children, and hymn-singing. She is also actively interested in the discussion of practical pedagogy for the teaching of reading, writing, and interpretive skills to people of all ages.
Major English Poets, English Comic Drama 1660-1800, The Eighteenth-Century Novel