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Kathryn Ready

Kathryn Ready Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 204.786.9321
Office: 2A39
Building: Ashdown
Email: k.ready@uwinnipeg.ca


Dr. Kathryn Ready has general interests in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature, with a focus on intellectual and cultural history, and a particular interest in women writers, religion, sociability, and politics, as well as intersections between science and literature. She received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant for a monograph project on the Aikins, a famous literary and Dissenting family that includes Anna Letitia Barbauld, John Aikin, Arthur Aikin, and Lucy Aikin. She has published numerous articles on the Aikins as well as on other eighteenth-century writers and coedited a collection on Anglo-French sociability in the eighteenth century.

Teaching Areas:

Eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature and culture; women’s literature; science and literature.


(FW) ENGL-1001-003 English 1

(FW) ENGL-2933-001 Survey of Women Writers

(W) ENGL-4270-001 18th Century Literature and Culture

(W) GENG-7901-003 Topics in Genders, Sex, and Culture



“‘Who on French wit has made a glorious war?’: The Bluestockings and French Salon Sociability.” L’Art de l’échange: Modèles, formes et pratiques de la sociabilité entre la France et la Grande-Bretagne au XVIIIe siècle/The Art of Exchange: Models, Forms and Practices of Sociability between Great Britain and France in the Eighteenth Century. Eds. Kathryn Ready and Thierry Belleguic. Paris: Hermann, 2015. 135-56.

“In the Groves of the Academy: The Aikin Family, Sociability, and the Liberal Dissenting Academy.” Lumen 34 (2015): 25-38.

“Do the Rights Thing?: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the MA in Cultural Studies at The University of Winnipeg.” Review in Education and Pedagogy 37 (2015): 254-60. (co-written with Serena Keshavjee)

“Dissenting Patriots: Anna Barbauld, John Aikin, and the Discourse of Classical Republicanism in Rational Dissent.” History of European Ideas 38.4 (2012): 527-49.

“The Lapdog of Luxury and Tobias Smollett’s Humphry Clinker.” The Eighteenth- Century Novel 9 (2012): 153-70.

“‘And Make thine own Apollo Doubly thine’: John Aikin as Literary Physician and the Intersection of Medicine, Morality, and Politics.” The Dissenting Mind: The Aikin Circle, c.1760s to c.1860s. Eds. Felicity James and Ian Inkster. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011. 70-93.

“Mind versus Matter: Anna Aikin Barbauld and the ‘Kindred Arts’ of Painting and Poetry.” Eighteenth-Century Women 6 (2011): 231-53.

“Dissenting Heads and Hearts: Joseph Priestley, Anna Barbauld, and Conflicting Attitudes towards Devotion within Rational Dissent.” Journal of Religious History 34.2 (2010): 174-90.

“Reading Mary as Reader: The Marian Art of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti.” Victorian Poetry 46.2 (2008): 151-74.

“Dissenting Sociability and the Anglo-American Context: The Correspondence of William Ellery Channing and Lucy Aikin.” Symbiosis 9.2 (2005): 117-34.

“The Enlightenment Feminist Project of Lucy Aikin’s Epistles on Women (1810).” History of European Ideas 31 (2005): 435-50.

“From the Stage to the Closet: Hannah More’s Abandonment of Theater.” Eighteenth-Century Women 5 (2005): 185-214.

“Identity, Character, and Gender: Anna Barbauld’s Debt to Pope’s ‘Characters’ of Men and Women.” Women’s Writing 11.3 (2004): 377-98.

“‘What then, poor Beastie!’: Gender, Politics, and Animal Experimentation in Anna Barbauld’s ‘The Mouse’s Petition.’” Eighteenth-Century Life 28.1 (2004): 92-114.

“Hannah More and the Bluestocking Salons: Commerce, Virtue, Sensibility, and Conversation.” The Age of Johnson 15 (2004): 197-222.

“Damaris Cudworth Masham, Catharine Trotter Cockburn, and the Feminist Legacy of Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 35.4 (2002): 563-76.

“Sara Jeannette Duncan’s A Daughter of Today: Nineteenth-Century Canadian Literary Feminism and the Fin-de-siècle Magic-picture Story.” Canadian Literature 173 (2002): 95-112.

“The Marian Lyrics of Jacopone da Todi and Friar William Herebert: The Life and the Letter.” Franciscan Studies 55 (1998): 221-35.


L’art de l’échange : modèles, formes et pratiques de la sociabilité entre la France et la Grande-Bretagne au XVIIIe siècle / The Art of Exchange : Models, Forms and Practices of Sociability between Great Britain and France in the Eighteenth Century. Paris: Hermann, 2015. (co-edited with Thierry Belleguic).