Kathryn Ready

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


Dr. Kathryn Ready has general interests in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with particular interests in women writers, genders and sexualities, religion, politics, and science and literature. She received a SSHRC 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 many articles in eighteenth-century and Romantic studies and coedited a collection on Anglo-French sociability in the eighteenth century.

Teaching Areas:

Eighteenth-century studies; the novel; women’s writing; genders and sexualities; and science and literature.


(W) ENGL-2230-001 British Literature and Culture 1660-1901

(W) ENGL-2922-002 Topics in Women Writers

(W) ENGL-4720-001 Eighteenth-Century Literatures

(W) GENG-7901-002 Topics in Gender, Sexualities, and Culture



“From Moated Castle to Modern Parlour: Anna Letitia Barbauld’s Theorization of Wonder, Women, and the Novel” Lumen vol. 39, 2020, pp. 113–131.

“Masturbation, Modernity, and the Swiftian Diagnosis Re-examined,” History of European Ideas vol. 45, no. 5, 2019, pp. 661-74

“John Aikin, Joseph Addison, and Two Eighteenth-Century Eastern Tales of Remembered Metempsychosis,” in Animals and Humans: Sensibility and Representation, 1650-1820, edited by Katherine Quinsey (Oxford UP, 2017), pp. 119–39.

“Anna Letitia Barbauld’s ‘To Mr. Barbauld, with a Map of the Land of Matrimony’ and the History of Sentimental Cartography,’” History of European Ideas vol. 42, no. 3, 2016, pp. 350–63.

“Meliorating Much?: Malthus, the Aikin Family, and Post-Revolutionary Dissenting (and Gender) Politics,” European Romantic Review vol. 27, no. 3, 2016, pp. 341–49.

“‘Who on French wit has made a glorious war?’: The Bluestockings and French Salon Sociability,” in L’ Art de I 'échange: Modéles, formes etpratiques de la sociabilité entre la France et la Grande-Bretagne au XVIIT siécle/The Art of Exchange: Models, Forms and Practices of Sociability between Great Britain and France in the Eighteenth Century, edited by Kathryn Ready and Thierry Belleguic (Hermann, 2015), pp. 135–56.

“In the Groves of the Academy: The Aikin Family, Sociability, and the Liberal Dissenting Academy,” Lumen vol. 34, 2015, pp. 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 vol. 37, 2015, pp. 254–60 (co-authored with Dr. Serena Keshavjee)

“Dissenting Patriots: Anna Barbauld, John Aikin, and the Discourse of Classical Republicanism in Rational Dissent,” History of European Ideas vol. 38, no. 4, 2012, pp. 527–49.

“The Lapdog of Luxury and Tobias Smollett's Humphry Clinker,” The Eighteenth-Century Novel vol. 9, 2012, pp. 15370.

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

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

“Dissenting Heads and Hearts: Joseph Priestley, Anna Barbauld, and Conflicting Attitudes towards Devotion within Rational Dissent,” Journal of Religious History vol. 34, no. 2, 2010, pp. 174–90.

“Reading Mary as Reader: The Marian Art of Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti,” Victorian Poetry vol. 46, no. 2, 2008, pp. 151–74.

“Dissenting Sociability and the Anglo-American Context: The Correspondence of William Ellery Channing and Lucy Aikin,” Symbiosis vol. 9, no. 2, 2005, pp. 117–34.

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

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

“Identity, Character, and Gender: Anna Barbauld’s Debt to Pope’s ‘Characters’ of Men and Women,” Women’s Writing vol. 11, no. 3, 2004, pp. 377–98.

“‘What then, poor Beastie!’: Gender, Politics, and Animal Experimentation in Anna Barbauld’s ‘The Mouse’s Petition,’” Eighteenth-Century Life vol. 28, no. 1, 2004, pp. 92–114.

“Hannah More and the Bluestocking Salons: Commerce, Virtue, Sensibility, and Conversation,” The Age of Johnson vol. 15, 2004, pp. 197–222.

“Damaris Cudworth Masham, Catharine Trotter Cockburn, and the Feminist Legacy of Locke’s Theory of Personal Identity,” Eighteenth-Century Studies vol. 35, no.4, 2002, pp. 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 vol. 173, 2002, pp. 95–112.

“The Marian Lyrics of Jacopone da Todi and Friar William Herebert: The Life and the Letter,” Franciscan Studies vol. 55, 1998, pp. 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 (Hermann, 2015) (co-edited with Thierry Belleguic).