Dr Karen A Lipsedge


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 also 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 helped to set up the KU BAME Staff Network in 2020, I am an Academic Rep for the Faith and Spirituality Team and for the Harassment Contact am also an Equality, Diversity. In addition I am an Inclusivity (EDI) Champion, I was the Chair of the Race Equality Charter (REC) Self-Assessment Team for the successful 2019 Bronze Renewal submission and, in May 2017, I was awarded the SU Staff and Student prize for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Kingston University.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor in English Literature


  • 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

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


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). Currently, I am researching the representation of the home in 'The Woman of Colour' (Anon). 


Number of items: 12.


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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


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

Book Section

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, 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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