"Glynis Ridley joined the English Department in 2004. She holds an M.A. (Hons.) in English Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh and a D.Phil. from Trinity College, Oxford. At both, she specialized in study of the eighteenth century. Her 2004 book, Clara’s Grand Tour. Travels with a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-Century Europe won the Institute of Historical Research Prize. More recently, she published The Discovery of Jeanne Baret. A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe (2010). Publicity around the book led to the naming of a new species, Solanum baretiae, in honor of its biographical subject.
Professor Ridley teaches and publishes on all things eighteenth century – and also within the field of Animal Studies. She welcomes all inquiries about her work and about the Department.
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret. A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe (New York: Crown, 2010). 304pp. US paperback edition published with Broadway Books (New York: Broadway Books, 2011) with new afterword and reader’s guide. Australian edition published with Fourth Estate (Sydney: Harper Collins, 2011). Original US edition also issued as unabridged audiobook narrated by Gabriella Cavallero (Audible.com, 2012).Abridged editions in Reader’s Digest Encounters: Today’s Best Non-fiction (US 2012, Australia 2012).
Clara’s Grand Tour. Travels with a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-Century Europe (London: Atlantic Books, 2004) xvii + 222pp. Published in UK paperback, 2005; US hardback (New York: Grove Atlantic, 2005); US paperback, 2006; published in German translation (Hamburg: Konkret, 2008); published in Japanese translation (Tokyo: Toyo Shorin, 2009).
Animals in the Eighteenth-Century. Special edition of the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 33.4 (2010): 427-683. Guest editor for the volume. Author of Introduction: 431-36.
“Sheridan’s courtroom dramas: the Impeachment of Warren Hastings and the trial of the Bounty Mutineers.” Impresario: Richard Brinsley Sheridan in Political and Social Context eds Jack DeRochi and Daniel Ennis (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2013): 177-190.
“A new species of Solanum named for Jeanne Baret, an overlooked contributor to the history of botany”. PhytoKeys 8 (2012): 37-47. Paper co-authored with Eric Tepe and Lynn Bohs. Online peer reviewed journal: http://www.pensoft.net/journals/phytokeys/article/2101/a-new-species-of-solanum-named-for-jeanne-baret-an-overlooked-contributor-to-the-history-of-botany
“A good argument: Ciceronian Prescriptions, Pamphlet Literature, and The Shortest Way with the Dissenters”. Daniel Defoe’s Prose: Form, Function, Genre eds Aino Mäkikalli and Andreas Mueller (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press: 2011): 3-16.
“It was only a figure of speech’: words, things, and the rhetorician’s art’. Postscript to the Middle Ages:Teaching Medieval Studies through Umberto Eco’s ‘The Name of the Rose’ ed. Alison Ganze (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2008): 231-54.
“Les Paysages de l’Angleterre au XVIIIe siècle: une perspective à dos de cheval”. À cheval! Écuyers, amazons & cavaliers du XIVe au XXIe siècle eds. Daniel Roche and Daniel Reytier (Paris: Association pour l’Académie d’Art Équestre de Versailles, 2007): 101-114.
“The Rhetoric of Liberty: playing to the crowd in the American and French Revolution”. Enlightenment and Emancipation eds. Susan Manning and Peter France (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2006): 63-80.
“Studley Royal: Landscape as Sculpture”. Sculpture and the Garden eds. Patrick Eyres and Fiona Russell (London: Ashgate and the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2006): 51-60.
“Sacred and Secular Places: an Atlantic Divide”. Recording and Reordering. Essays on the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Diary and Journal eds. Dan Doll and Jessica Munns (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2006): 22-42.
“National Identity and Empire: Britain and the American Colonies, 1763-1787”. Colonial Empires Compared: Britain and the Netherlands 1750-1850 eds. Bob Moore and Henk van Nierop (London: Ashgate, 2003): 47-75.
“Losing America and Finding Australia: Continental Drift in an Enlightenment Paradigm”. Eighteenth-Century Life: The Exotic eds. Robert P. Maccubbin and Christa Knellwolf (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, vol.26 n.s.3, Fall 2002): 202-224.
“The Seasons and the politics of opposition”. James Thomson: Essays for the Tercentenary ed. Richard Terry (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000): 93-116.
“Injustice in the novels of Godwin and Wollstonecraft”. Women, Revolution and the Novels of the 1790s ed. Linda Lang-Peralta (East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1999): 69-88.
“The First American Cookbook”. Eighteenth-Century Life:The Cultural Topography of Food ed. Beatrice Fink (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, vol.23 n.s. 2, May 1999): 114-123.