Five Questions: Gillian Russell on The Ephemeral Eighteenth Century

By Matthew Sangster

Gillian Russell is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of York. Her work focuses on British and Irish literature, history and culture of the long eighteenth century, with particular interests in theatre, gender, sociability, war and print culture. Her books include The Theatres of War: Performance, Politics and Culture, 1793-1815 (Oxford University Press, 1995), Romantic Sociability: Social Networks and Literary Culture, 1770-1840 (co-edited with Clara Tuite; Cambridge University Press, 2002), Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Tracing War in British Enlightenment and Romantic Culture (co-edited with Neil Ramsey; Palgrave, 2015). Her latest monograph, which we discuss below, is The Ephemeral Eighteenth Century: Print, Sociability, and the Cultures of Collecting, was published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press.

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