Dr Karen A Lipsedge

About

I teach on English Literature undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and my teaching tends to focus on 18th-century literature and culture, Black and Asian British literature and culture, and academic writing skills. I am also a Senior Teaching and Learning Adviser for Access, Participation and Inclusion, and as part of that work I lead two University projects: the Writing and Oral Skills Project, which helps students to enhance their academic writing and speaking skills, and the Kingston University Reading Group Project. The KURG uses shared reading and discussion to help students, staff and members of the local community to discuss topics such as race, culture, diversity and inclusivity; topics that many of us find it difficult to talk about. I also work with students and course teams to provide opportunities to have meaningful and courageous conversations about race. In May 2017, I was awarded the SU Staff and Student prize for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning at KU.

I am committed to ensuring that EDI are at the heart of all we do, not only at Kingston but also outside, in the community. I am very proud, therefore, to have the opportunity to help to embed EDI at Kingston, in different spaces and for different groups. In 2020, I helped to set up the KU BAME Staff Network, I am also a member of Academic Council, Rep KSA, I am a Harassment Contact Scheme member, and an Inclusivity (EDI) Champion. I was the Chair of the REC SAT for the successful 2019 Bronze Renewal submission. 

My published research focuses on the representation of the home in the 18th-century British Novel. Currently, I am working on a new project 'Speaking Texts: Uncovering Hidden Voices', which seeks to provide a platform for stories and authors often overlooked.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor in English Literature and Senior Advisor for Teaching and Learning

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in English Literature, Queen Mary, University of London
  • MA in 18th Century Literature and Culture, Queen Mary, University of London
  • PhD on Samuel Richardson and the Representation of the Home, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Associate Professor
  • KAPS SL
  • NFTS reviewer

Teaching and learning

I teach on English Literature undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and my teaching tends to focus on 18th-century literature and culture, Black and Asian British literature and culture, and academic writing skills. I am also a Senior Teaching and Learning Adviser for Access, Participation and Inclusion, and as part of that work I lead two University projects: the Writing and Oral Skills (WOS) Project, which helps students to enhance their academic writing and speaking skills, and the Kingston University Reading Group (KURG) Project. The KURG uses shared reading and discussion to help students, staff and members of the local community to discuss topics such as race, culture, diversity and inclusivity; topics that many of us find it difficult to talk about. I also work with students and course teams to provide opportunities to have meaningful and courageous conversations about race. 

In 2023, I was invited to be the external examiner for Goldsmith's MA Black British Literature.

Qualifications and expertise

  • eighteenth century literature and domestic space
  • 18th century art
  • representations of race and space in fiction

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught

Research

My research focuses on 18th-century domestic spaces and its representation in the British novel; identity, people and domestic objects. My publications include ‘‘Enter into thy Closet': Women, Closet Culture and the Eighteenth-Century Novel' Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America in the Long Eighteenth Century, ed. John Styles and Amanda Vickery (2007), "I was also absent at my dairy-house": The Representation and Symbolic Function of the Dairy House in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa' (2009), and 'Domestic Space in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel' (2012) and, in 2022, my co-authored manuscript, 'At Home in the Eighteenth Century: Interrogating Domestic Space' was published. Currently, I am researching the representation of the home in 'The Woman of Colour' (Anon) and my current research project: ‘Speaking Texts: Uncovering Hidden Voices', takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine 'texts', literary and visual, to uncover often overlooked and ignored stories and their authors, and to provide an inclusive platform for them to be heard.

In 2020, I was invited by the British Society for 18-Century Studies to be the co-lead for Access and Diversity. As part of this work, my aim is to increase awareness among 18th century scholars, new and experienced, of those hidden British 18th-century people and stories who are hiding in plain sight.

Based on my areas of research and teaching and learning expertise, I have the knowledge and skills needed to supervise PhD students in the following areas:

18th-to-21st century literature and art and culture and society

20th-to-21st century Black British literature and art and culture and society 

Areas of specialism

  • 18th century novel
  • 18th century home and material culture
  • 18th century culture, society and the arts and its representation in 18th century and contemporary media texts, from art and fiction to television and film.
  • representations of race and space in the 18th century home

Scholarly affiliations

  • Vice President (2024) and British Eighteenth Century Society, Co-Lead for Access and Inclusion
  • American Eighteenth Century Society
  • Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, Steering Committee member, with a special portfolio for EDI
  • HECAA

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 28.

Article

Lipsedge, Karen and Mulrooney, Hilda (2023) Introduction to the special edition. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education(26), ISSN (online) 1759-667X

Lipsedge, Karen [Reviewer] (2023) Book review of: 'One Great Family: domestic relationships in Samuel Richardson’s novels' by Simone Eva Höhn. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 35(1), pp. 184-186. ISSN (online) 1911-0243

Dashwood, Rita J. and Lipsedge, Karen (2021) Women and property in the long eighteenth century. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 44(4), pp. 335-341. ISSN (print) 1754-0194

Mulrooney, Hilda, Denison, Hannah, Wood, Phoebe, Kelly, Alison and Lipsedge, Karen (2021) Covid-19 and its impact on students’ perception of their roles as Student Ambassadors and/or Course Representatives. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 4(2), pp. 182-205. ISSN (online) 2399-1836

Agnew, Eadaoin, Alliez, Eric, Auerbach, Paul, Blackburn, Robert, Botting, Fred, Brady, Mary, Caygill, Howard, Chadwick, Howard, Chanter, Tina, Choat, Simon, Chu, Jonathan, Cinpoes, Radu, Coultas, Valerie, Dines, Martin, Dixon, Paul, Favretto, Ilaria, Finn, Peter, Giaxoglou, Korina, Goldsmith, Carlie, Hallward, Peter, Hawkins, Sue, Haywood, Peter, Higginbottom, Andrew, Ichijo, Atsuko, Isaac, Marina, Jensen, Meg, Kayyali, Reem, Kettyle, Ann, Lambrou, Marina, Latimer, Amanda, Linton, Marisa, Lipsedge, Karen, Malabou, Catherine, O Maoilearca, John, McQuillan, Martin, Micklethwaite, Paul, Morgan Wortham, Simon, O'Brien, Catherine, Osborne, Peter, Pinnock, Winsome, Piper, Jason, Ponto, Maria, Raphael, Sam, Reid, Trish, Roberts, Mike, Rogers, David, Sandford, Stella, Searby, Michael, Siddiki, Jalal Uddin, Smart, Jackie, Spencer, Philip, Stockhammer, Engelbert, Stuart, John, Suess, Eleanor, Swift, Allan, Upstone, Sara, Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic, Wells, Julian and Wilson, Scott (2014) Education should be a right for all. The Guardian,

Lipsedge, Karen (2009) "I was also absent at my dairy-house": the representation and symbolic function of the dairy house in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 22(1), pp. 29-48. ISSN (print) 0840-6286

Lipsedge, Karen (2006) A place of refuge, seduction or danger?: the representation of the Ivy Summer-House in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa. Journal of Design History, 19(3), pp. 185-196. ISSN (print) 0952-4649

Lipsedge, Karen (2005) Representations of the domestic parlour in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa. Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 17(3), pp. 391-423. ISSN (print) 0840-6286

Book

Dashwood, Rita J. and Lipsedge, Karen, eds. (2021) Women and property in the long eighteenth century. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley. 164p. (Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, (44(4))) ISSN (print) 1754-0194

Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen, eds. (2021) At home in the eighteenth century : interrogating domestic space. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. 378p. (Routledge studies in eighteenth-century cultures and societies) ISBN 9780367276799

Lipsedge, Karen (2012) Domestic space in eighteenth-century British novels. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 215p. ISBN 9780230355279

Book Section

Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen (2022) Introduction. In: Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen, (eds.) At home in the eighteenth century : interrogating domestic space. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 1-17. (Routledge studies in eighteenth-century cultures and societies) ISBN 9780367276799 (In Press)

Lipsedge, Karen (2022) Reading 'Pamela' through the domestic parlour : rooms, social class, and gender. In: Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen, (eds.) At home in the eighteenth century : interrogating domestic space. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 42-57. (Routledge studies in eighteenth-century cultures and societies) ISBN 9780367276799 (In Press)

Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen (2021) Conclusion : assessing eighteenth-century domestic space. In: Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen, (eds.) At home in the eighteenth century : interrogating domestic space. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge. pp. 325-330. ISBN 9780367276799

Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen (2021) Introduction. In: Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen, (eds.) At home in the eighteenth century : interrogating domestic space. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge. pp. 1-17. ISBN 9780367276799

Lipsedge, Karen (2021) Reading Pamela through the domestic parlor. In: Hague, Stephen G. and Lipsedge, Karen, (eds.) At home in the eighteenth century : interrogating domestic space. Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge. pp. 42-57. ISBN 9780367276799

Lipsedge, Karen (2021) The meaning of home. In: Edwards, Clive, (ed.) A cultural history of the home in the age of enlightenment. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 19-36. (Cultural Histories Series) ISBN 9781472584250

Lipsedge, Karen (2017) Social hierarchy and social mobility. In: Sabor, Peter and Schellenberg, Betty A., (eds.) Samuel Richardson in context. Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press. pp. 296-303. (Literature in context) ISBN 9781107150126

Lipsedge, Karen (2015) Domesticity. In: Day, Gary and Lynch, Jack, (eds.) The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660 - 1789. Chichester, U.K. : Wiley Blackwell. pp. 414-416. ISBN 9781444330205

Lipsedge, Karen (2012) At home: the representation of the domestic interior in the novels of Samuel Richardson and Fanny Burney. In: Saggini, Francesca and Soccio, Anna Enrichetta, (eds.) The house of fiction as the house of life: representations of the house from Richardson to Woolf. Newcastle, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781443839761

Lipsedge, Karen (2007) "Enter into thy closet": women, closet culture and the eighteenth century novel. In: Styles, John and Vickery, Amanda, (eds.) Gender, taste and material culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830. New Haven CT, USA : Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300116595

Conference or Workshop Item

Lipsedge, Karen and Mulrooney, Hilda (2022) Chicken soup for the soul : promoting well-being and belonging through food and cultural competence skills. In: ALDinHE 2022 : The Learning Development Conference (ALDCon22); 10 Jun 2022; 14-15 Jun 2022, Held online; Northampton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Mulrooney, Hilda and Lipsedge, Karen (2022) You are what you eat: food culture & enhancing belonging and engagement in HE. In: NEON Addressing Differential Outcomes for Learners Working Group; 17 Feb 2022. (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Paty, Lipsedge, Karen, Cunningham, Matthew, Barker, Christopher, Calabrese, Gianpiero, Mulrooney, Hilda, Groves, Konami, Davies, Rachel, Burden, Penny, Bailey, Joanna and Topcu, Mel (2021) The value of the Personal Tutor Scheme (PTS) as a mechanism of supporting belonging in an online world. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy; 29-30 Jun 2021, Milton Keynes, U.K. (Held online). (Unpublished)

Paliokosta, Paty, Lipsedge, Karen, Cunningham, Matthew, Barker, Christopher, Calabrese, Gianpiero, Mulrooney, Hilda, Groves, Konami, Davies, Rachel, Burden, Penny, Bailey, Joanna and Topcu, Mel (2021) The value of the Personal Tutor Scheme (PTS) as a mechanism of supporting belonging in an online world. In: Festival of Learning 2021; 25 Jun 2021, Kingston upon Thames, U.K. (Held online). (Unpublished)

Lipsedge, Karen, Kelly, Alison and Mulrooney, Hilda (2021) 'Let’s work together' : exploring students' perception of their roles as Student Ambassadors and/or Course Representatives, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In: Association for Learning Development in Higher Education Conference; 07-09 Apr 2021, Held online. (Unpublished)

Lipsedge, Karen, May, Steve, Ayoub, Mata and Rogers, David (2015) Developing writing and speaking skills through interactive workshops. In: 37th Annual EAIR Forum Krems 2015: From Here to There: Positioning Higher Education Institutions; 30 Aug - 02 Sep 2015, Krems, Austria. (Unpublished)

Lipsedge, Karen (2014) Pamela goes to the Americas: the Pamela illustrations in eighteenth-century London and the Americas. In: London and the Americas 1492-1812; 17 - 21 Jul 2014, Kingston Upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Qualifications and expertise

  • Trustee for NEON (2024)
  • NFTS reviewer (2024).