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Natasha Lomonossoff


My research interests as a whole lie broadly within eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature, with particular attention to poetry, women writers, and intersections between religion and politics in the period. In addition to this area, I have also developed an interest in contemporary fantasy literature which was the subject of my teaching fellowship for the 2024 winter semester (ENGL273: Literature and the Fantastic). The course explored the hero's journey as it is portrayed in a variety of fantasy texts, in addition to the kinds of protagonists that are often represented in the genre. 

Research Interests

18th century and Romantic-era literature, women writers, politics, religion, contemporary fantasy literature

Selected Publications

Conference Presentations

  • "The Journey of Contemplation in Anna Barbauld's 'A Summer Evening's Meditation,'" American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Toronto, April 4-6, 2024. 
  • "The Invisible Yet Authoritative Mother in Anna Barbauld's Lessons for Children," Romantic Motherhood Panel, Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, March 7-10, 2024. 
  • "Anna Barbauld's Critique of Class Structures in Thoughts on the Inequality of Conditions," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Montreal, Oct 19-21, 2023. 
  • "Testing the Limits of Discourse: Anna Barbauld's Advocation of Political Tolerance," Romantic Boundaries: British Association for Romantic Studies Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference, University of Edinburgh, June 15-16, 2023.
  • "Moderate Protest in the Pamphlets of Anna Laetitia Barbauld: The Reasoned Case for Reform," Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, York University, May 27-30, 2023. 
  • "Anna Barbauld's Rhetorical Experimentation: Moderate Radicalism as a Potential Way Forward," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Ottawa, October 27-29, 2022.
  • "A Pragmatic Case for Equal Rights: Anna Barbauld's Re-casting of Complaint in Her Plea for Religious Dissenters," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Baltimore, March 31-April 2, 2022.
Awards and Recognition
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2022-23)
R. Samuel McLaughlin Fellow (2021-22) - Queen's
Arthur B. Macdonald Award (2018-19) - Queen's
Graduate Supervision

My dissertation, “Radical in Moderation: The Persuasive Strategy of Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s Political and Religious Writings,” examines how Barbauld advocated a moderate approach for promoting political change as a member of the Dissenting minority. Through my examination of her work, I hope to show how our understanding of radicalism can be broadened when considering tactics of dialogue and reasoned discussion.

Areas of Study
Gender and Sexuality Studies
Religious Studies
Genres and Forms
Poetry and Poetics
Popular and Genre Fiction

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