Katrina O'Loughlin

Katrina O'Loughlin joined CHE as Postdoctoral Fellow based at The University of Western Australia. She holds a BA and PhD from Melbourne University. Her research interests in colonial and postcolonial literature and art led her back into the eighteenth century and women's travel narratives for her PhD research. In 2010 she was a Visiting Scholar at Chawton House, Hampshire - a research centre for early women's writing, and in 2011 a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the ANU. Working with Bob White in the Meanings program, her project for CHE explores the forging of intellectual and emotional bonds among women in the ‘long eighteenth century’.  Drawing on letters, travel writing and memoirs, this research investigates women’s participation in the early modern Republic of Letters and the emotional structures of intellectual sociability.


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Research Projects

‘A Certain Correspondence': Intellectual Sociability and Emotional Community in the Eighteenth Century

The Emotions in Medieval War Literature


Scholarly books

K. O’Loughlin, The Paper Globe: British Women’s Travel Writing in the Eighteenth Century (forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2015).

White, R.S., M. Houlahan and K. O’Loughlin, eds. Shakespeare and Emotions – Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies.  Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015.

Scholarly Book Chapters

K. O’Loughlin, ‘In brazen bonds shall barb’rous discourse dwell’: Janet Schaw in North Carolina, 1775’ in Downes, Lynch and O’Loughlin (eds) Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature (forthcoming Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

K. O’Loughlin, ‘A smaller compass’: body and text in eighteenth-century women’s travel’, in Simon Davies, Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding, and Ellen Welch (eds), Cultural Intermediaries (Honore Champion, Etudes Internationales sur le Dix-Huitieme, forthcoming 2014).

K. O’Loughlin, ‘“My own slender remarks”: Global networks of slavery and sociability in Mary Ann Parker’s Voyage to New South Wales (1795)’, in A. Scott, A. Hiatt, C. McIlroy, and C. Wortham (eds.) European Perceptions of Terra Australis (Ashgate: 2011).

Edited Books

Stephanie Downes, Andrew Lynch and Katrina O’Loughlin (eds) Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literatures (forthcoming Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

Mark Houlahan, Katrina O’Loughlin and R. S. White (eds) Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments and Legacies (under review Palgrave MacMillan).

Refereed Journal Articles

‘“Having lived much in the world”: English women travellers’ representations of Russia in the eighteenth century’, Women’s Writing 8.2, 2001.

‘“Our Floating Prison”: Anna Maria Falconbridge and travel to the River Sierra Leone’, Journal of African Travel Writing 5, 1998: 38-49.

‘The Transvestic, and European Constructions of the “East”’, Mattoid 50, 1996: 230-43.


Review essay: Francis Harris’ ‘Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin’, Journal of Religious History 29 (2), 2005.

Recent Presentations  

‘Lady Elizabeth Craven: sexual transgression and social satire’, at Laughter and Satire in Europe 1500-1800, Warwick University at Venice, Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava, Venice (26-27 May 2014.

'Love letters: friendship, writing and coterie culture in the long eighteenth century’ for PMRG Textuality, Technology, Materiality in the Early Modern World, University of Western Australia (29-30 November 2014)

‘Strolling Roxanas’: sexual in/continence, travel and scandal’ for Politeness and Prurience: situating transgressive sexualities in the long eighteenth century, University of Edinburgh (2-3 September 2013).

'Conduits of feeling: ports, ships and sea voyages in women’s travel of the eighteenth century' for Romantic Imports and Exports: 2013 British Association for Romantic Studies International Biennial Conference, University of Southampton (25-28 July 2013).

‘Très singulière’: women, travel writing and biography’, for Pride and Prejudices: Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century, Chawton House Library, Hampshire, (4-6 July 2013).

‘Sites of feeling: space and emotion’, Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World: ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Biennial Conference, University of Western Australia (26-29 June 2013).

‘Salons, baths and spas: spaces of sociability and feeling in the eighteenth century’, Invited Public Lecture, University of Adelaide (June 2013).

‘A Certain Correspondence’: intellectual community and emotional sociability in the eighteenth century,’ (Presentation and poster), ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Biennial Research Meeting Adelaide (November 2012).

‘Correspondence as a model of affective sociability,’ Research Seminar, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800), October 2012.

‘A Question of Cosmopolitanism: Lady Craven on the World Stage’, Visiting Fellow’s Public Lecture, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (November 2011).   

Professional Association

Editorial Committee Parergon, University of Western Australia

Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG)

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS).

British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)

Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA)