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Beth Rebecca Cortese

Dr., Postdoc

Beth Rebecca Cortese

Research Interests

I am a postdoctoral research fellow working on the project 'Unearned Wealth: A Literary History of Inheritance, 1600-2015' led by Jakob Ladegaard (http://projects.au.dk/unearned-wealth/). The project uses digital methods alongside literary analysis to investigate the impact of inheritance on the social status and personal liberty of characters in a range of literary genres. My current research focus is inheritance in drama and novels from the long eighteenth-century, in particular the role of trust in inheritance, the emotional nature of the inheritance plot, and the extent to which women are disenfranchised by inheritance law. I specialise in Restoration and Eighteenth-century drama and have a particular interest in prose and drama by seventeenth and eighteenth century women writers.  My PhD thesis was on 'Women's Wit On Stage, 1660-1720’ and focused on plays by Aphra Behn, Mary Pix, Delarivier Manley, Frances Boothby, Elizabeth Polwhele, Catharine Trotter and Susanna Centlivre.


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