Dr Rebecca Anne Barr, Jesus




Biographical Information

Rebecca Anne Barr is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of English. She studied at Jesus College Cambridge for her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, writing her PhD on the work of eighteenth-century novelist Samuel Richardson. Originally from Northern Ireland, she taught at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and the National University of Ireland, Galway, before returning to Cambridge in 2019.  

Research Interests

  • The eighteenth-century novel
  • Gender and sexuality in literature
  • Embodiment
  • Twentieth-century poetry.

Selected Publications

Edited Collections

—Barr, R.A., Brady, S., McGaughey, J. eds., Ireland and Masculinities in History (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

—Barr, R.A., Buckley, S.A., O'Cinneide, M. eds., Literacy, Language and Reading in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Liverpool University Press, 2019).

—Barr, R.A., Kleiman-Lafon, S., and Vasset, S. eds., Bellies, Bowels and Entrails in the Eighteenth Century (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018)

Articles and Chapters

—‘Rape, Testimony, and Irish Law in Asking for It and Dark Chapter,' in Law and Literature: The Irish Case, ed. Adam Hanna and Eugene McCabe (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming).

—‘Richardsonian fiction, women’s raillery and heteropessimist humour,’  Eighteenth-Century Fiction 33, (Summer 2021), 575-600.

‘Refusing romance, imagining decolonial love: The Woman of Colour’, special issue on ‘Race, Religion, and Revolution in the Enlightenment’, Studies in Religion and the Enlightenment 2, no. 2 (spring 2021). 

—‘Introduction to the New Eighteenth-Century Ireland,’ Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (49), 2020, 327-332.

—‘Brightest wits and bravest soldiers: Ireland, Masculinity and the politics of paternity’, in Irish Literature in Transition, 1700-1780, M. Haslett, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020), pp. 263-283.

‘Men, Women, and not quite non-persons: derivatization in Roxana’La Revue de Société des Études Anglo-Américaines des XVII et XVIII Siecles (75), 2018.

—‘Desire, Disgust, and indigestion in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Coxcomb,’ Bellies, Bowels and Entrails in the Eighteenth Century, pp. 227-251.

—‘“Moral Painting, by Way of Dialogue”: Shaftesbury in The Cry,’ Shaftesbury: Shaping Enlightenment Politics, ed. P. Mùˆller ed., (Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main, 2018) pp. 237-254.

—‘Barren desarts of arbitrary words”: language and communication in Collier and Fielding’s The Cry’Women’s Writing, Volume 23, Issue 1(2016), 87-105.

—‘The man of feeling as dupe of desire: John Cleland’s 'Memoirs of a Coxcomb’, Etudes Epistémè, 30, 2016.

—with J. Tonra, ‘Annotation and the Social Edition,’ A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts, ed. H. Philips and C. Williams (Ashgate, 2016), pp. 117–120

—‘Black Transactions: waste and abundance in Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa,’ The Afterlife of Used Things: Recycling in the Eighteenth Century, A. Fennetaux, A. Junqua and S. Vasset eds., (London: Routledge, 2014) pp. 199–211.

—‘Pathological Laughter and the response to ridicule: Samuel Richardson, Jane Collier and Sarah Fielding,’ La Revue de Société des Études Anglo-Américaines des XVII et XVIII Siecles, XII-XIII (70) 2013, 223–246.

—‘W.S. Graham and epistolarity,’ Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, 1.4 (May 2012), 51–63

—‘“Complete Hypocrite, Complete Tradesman”: Defoe’s Complete English Tradesman and masculine conduct,’ Positioning Daniel Defoe’s Non-fiction: Form, Function, Genre, ed. A. Mueller, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011) pp. 67–85.

—‘Resurrecting Saxon things: Peter Reading, ‘species decline’ and Old English poetry,’ Anglo-Saxon Culture in the Modern Imagination, N. Perkins and D. Clark eds. (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2010), pp. 255–279.

—‘The Gothic in David Lynch: phantasmagoria and abjection,’ David Lynch in Theory, ed. F.X. Gleyzon (Litteraria Pragensia, 2010) pp. 132–146.

—‘Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison and the symptoms of subjectivity,’ The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 51:4, Winter 2010, 1–24.