Dr Rebecca Anne Barr, Jesus




Biographical Information

Rebecca Anne Barr is a lecturer 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

—‘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.

—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).

‘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.

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