Dr Emma Plaskitt
Lecturer in English Language and Literature
BA (McGill), MPhil (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)
Member of the University of Oxford
Dr Plaskitt is a graduate of McGill University, Montréal, and Merton College, Oxford, where she wrote her doctoral thesis on eighteenth-century novelists Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, and Frances Burney. Since 1994 she has taught children’s literature and English literature 1640–1901 for several Oxford colleges, including Brasenose, Worcester, Somerville, and St Hugh’s. She has also taught for a variety of American programmes. Having worked for the Oxford dictionary of national biography, where she was responsible for writing many articles on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers, she now focuses on teaching for SCIO and for Stanford University, for whom she is an Overseas Lecturer. Though a specialist on the literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century, her research interests include the Victorian novel — particularly the gothic novel and novel of sensation — and children’s literature.