Anna Fitzer

Dr Anna Fitzer

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

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

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Dr Anna Fitzer’s research incorporates interests in representations of sentiment, sensibility, and libertinism in 18th-century fiction and drama, women’s writing, and early Romantic literary biography and memoir.

Her research has received external funding from the British Academy and she has published extensively on the work of Frances Sheridan and her daughters, Elizabeth and Alicia LeFanu.

Work on the life and writings of Sheridan’s grand-daughter, the poet and novelist Alicia LeFanu, draws upon her broader interests in 18th and early 19th century women writers and dramatists, and their literary coteries.



Research Interests

  • English literature
  • 18th and early 19th-century literature
  • Women's writing
  • Editing
  • Memoir / literary biography
  • Libertinism



Anna M. Fitzer and Amy Culley (eds) Editing Women’s Writing 1670-1840, London & New York: Routledge (forthcoming 2018)

Journal Articles

‘Revealing Influence: The Forgotten Daughters of Frances Sheridan’, Women’s Writing, special issue: ‘Beyond Influence, 1680–1830’, 20: 1 (2013), 64–81.

‘“Feeling and sense beyond all seeming”: Private Lines, Public Relations and the Performances of the LeFanu Circle’, Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film, special issue ‘Amateur Theatre in the Long Nineteenth Century’, 38: 2 (2011) [2012], 26–37.

Scholarly Book Editions

Anna M. Fitzer (ed.), Memoirs of Women Writers, Part I, Chawton House Library Series: Women’s Memoirs, 4 vols (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012).

Anna M. Fitzer (ed.), Alicia LeFanu, Strathallan, Chawton House Library Series: Women’s Novels, 5 (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008).

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Reading Fiction
  • Sentiment and Scandal in the Long 18th Century
  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians
  • Undergraduate Dissertation
  • MA Independent Guided Research Essay

Research PhDs

Dr Fitzer welcomes proposals from students wishing to undertake doctoral work in writing of the long 18th century.


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons)
  • PhD (Wales)

Professional highlights

  • Presented papers at international conferences
  • Member of the organising committee for the Mary Wollstonecraft: Life, Work and Legacy conference at the University of Hull on 8 March 2017
  • Member of the organising committee for the Bram Stoker Gothic Transformations Centenary Conference on 12–14 April 2012