Glynis Ridley


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"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.

Courses Taught

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; junior standing. In-depth study of selected movements, genres, topics or groupings of writers from the Restoration and/or Eighteenth Century periods. Historical Period: 1700-1900.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or 105; junior standing. Note: A maximum of 6 hours in special-topics courses may be counted toward the major. Topics to be announced in the schedule of courses. Historical Period: varies by semester.
Topics to be announced in the schedule of courses. Historical Period: varies by semester.
Introduces students to research methods, print and electronic resources, strategies for reading and writing scholarly texts, and the seminar format.
Intensive survey of the major literary figures and intellectual traditions of Eighteenth Century England, with attention to modern critical approaches.

 Educational Background

    D.Phil. from Trinity College, University of Oxford

      Teaching Areas

        Eighteenth-Century Studies

          Research Interests

            Eighteenth-Century Studies, incl. the political iconography of the 18thC English landscape garden
            Animal Studies

              Select Publications


              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 (, 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).

              Edited collections:

              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.

              Chapters/journal articles:

              “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:

              “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.