Emily Bowles-Smith is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Lawrence University. Her publications include the book Triumphant Bodies: Sexual-Political Conquest in British Women’s Published Writing, 1660-1763 (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007), as well as articles on Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, and Frances Brooke for journals including Notes and Queries, The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual, and The Eighteenth-Century Novel. She is an executive board member of the Aphra Behn Society and is currently researching the ways in which feminist theories of sexuality have shaped trends in reading and recovering early modern women’s writing.
Recovering Love’s Fugitive: Elizabeth Wilmot and the Oscillations between the Sexual and Textual Body in a Libertine Woman’s Manuscript PoetryArticlesElizabeth Wilmot, Countess of Rochester, is best known to most modern readers as the woman John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, abducted and later wed. As Samuel Pepys memorably records in his diary entry for 28 May 1665:Thence to my Lady Sandwich’s, where, to my shame, I had not been a great while before. Here, upon my telling her a story of my Lord Rochester’s running away...Read more