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Anna Fitzer

Senior Lecturer in 18th-Century Literature and Admissions Tutor for English and Creative Writing


‘Start not, gentle reader!’: Re-reading Alicia LeFanu’s Helen Monteagle (1818) (2019)
Journal Article
Fitzer, A. (in press). ‘Start not, gentle reader!’: Re-reading Alicia LeFanu’s Helen Monteagle (1818). Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840,

This article is the first to re-read Helen Monteagle as a contribution to understandings of the variety of prose fiction published in the Romantic period. Its circulation in print coincided with that of Frankenstein and Northanger Abbey, and its disa... Read More about ‘Start not, gentle reader!’: Re-reading Alicia LeFanu’s Helen Monteagle (1818).

Revealing influence: the forgotten daughters of Frances Sheridan (2013)
Journal Article
Fitzer, A. M. (2013). Revealing influence: the forgotten daughters of Frances Sheridan. Women's Writing, 20(1), (64-81). doi:10.1080/09699082.2013.754258. ISSN 0969-9082

This article adopts a literal and metaphorical conceptualization of progeny to explore influence in relation to the works of the novelist and dramatist Frances Sheridan (1724-66) and her youngest daughter Elizabeth Sheridan, afterwards LeFanu (1758-1... Read More about Revealing influence: the forgotten daughters of Frances Sheridan.

"Feeling and sense beyond all seeming" : private lines, public relations and the performances of the LeFanu circle (2011)
Journal Article
Fitzer, A. M. (2011). "Feeling and sense beyond all seeming" : private lines, public relations and the performances of the LeFanu circle. Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 38(2), 26-37. doi:10.7227/nctf.38.2.5

This article aims to give Alicia Sheridan some share of the limelight so far afforded Richard Brinsley and, more recently, their mother, Frances Sheridan. The article examines for the first time Alicia Sheridan's contribution to the enthusiasm for pr... Read More about "Feeling and sense beyond all seeming" : private lines, public relations and the performances of the LeFanu circle.

Relating a life : Alicia LeFanu's Memoirs of the life and writings of Mrs Frances Sheridan (2008)
Journal Article
Fitzer, A. M. (2008). Relating a life : Alicia LeFanu's Memoirs of the life and writings of Mrs Frances Sheridan. Women's Writing, 15(1), 32-54. doi:10.1080/09699080701871427

Since its publication in 1824, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Mrs Frances Sheridan has remained the only biography of one of the eighteenth century's most successful women writers. It has also endured as the most wellknown of the writings of its... Read More about Relating a life : Alicia LeFanu's Memoirs of the life and writings of Mrs Frances Sheridan.