Dr. Ruth Scobie
Teaching Associate in Literature
Room 1.22, Jessop West
I’m teaching at the University of Sheffield in 2016-2017, having previously completed a PhD at York, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Oxford.
My research investigates changing ideas of fame and celebrity in a global context in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the Cook voyages and their circulation in British print and material culture. I’ve also written on the impact of Oceania, exploration and the exotic on writers including Mary Shelley, Frances Burney, William Cowper, and Elizabeth Montagu, and am currently completing a monograph, to be called Islands of Celebrity: Oceania and the British Problem of Fame 1770-1830.